Investigating the Blythe Duff Archive


   Glasgow School for Business and Society

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About the Project

Glasgow Caledonian University, The Glasgow School for Business and Society

Glasgow School for Business and Society | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (gcu.ac.uk)

Project reference number: GSBS/2023/005

Supervisory Team

Director of Studies: Prof John Cook

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GCU Research Online URL: (essential)  https://www.gcu.ac.uk/staff/johncook

2nd Supervisor: Prof Catriona Miller

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GCU Research Online URL: (essential) https://www.gcu.ac.uk/staff/catrionamiller

3rd Supervisor: Dr Kate Ngai

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GCU Research Online URL: (essential) https://www.gcu.ac.uk/staff/katengai

Background

The Department of Media and Journalism at GCU is looking for a PhD candidate to undertake original research within the Blythe Duff Archive - the script and memorabilia archive of actress Blythe Duff who is most famous for her role as DS Jackie Reid in the long-running STV detective series Taggart between 1990 - 2010. This extensive archive was kindly donated by Ms. Duff to GCU in 2018.  

 This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to do original, ground-breaking research work within a hitherto uninvestigated Scottish creative practitioner archive. Possible themes for investigation include the contribution of the Duff archive to our understanding of the history of TV drama production and scriptwriting in Scotland; the crime and tartan noir genres; the wider history of Scottish television and theatre acting during the period, especially from the perspective of a female actress breaking into a male-dominated industry; television and theatre memorabilia.   

 This is a funded studentship and as a PhD candidate you will be part of a vibrant team within the Media and Culture Research Group, a growing research community with interests across media and journalism. Our research profile can be viewed at: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/aboutus/departments/mediajournalism/

Archival research training and experience of archival research essential. Experience of interviewing and of undertaking and collating oral histories also desirable.

 How to Apply

Please note that this is a re-advertisement.

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 02 October 2023.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying.

Applicants are required to provide a detailed research proposal as part of the application process.  

Guidance on Writing a PhD Research Proposal is available at  Prospective students | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (gcu.ac.uk)

Candidates should have a minimum of a first degree (2:1 or higher) and/or a Masters degree. Archival research training and experience of archival research essential. Experience of interviewing and of undertaking and collating oral histories also desirable.

Please note that emails to the supervisory team or enquires submitted via this project advert do not constitute formal applications; applicants should apply using the on our Application Process page by choosing Media and Journalism and an October 2023 start date. Please quote the project reference number: GSBS/2023/005 on your application.

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within six weeks from the closing date. The closing date for applications is Friday the 4th August 2023

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to: [Email Address Removed]

Communication & Media Studies (7)

Funding Notes

The GCU studentship is worth at least £22,568 per year for three years. The studentship covers payment of tuition fees (£4,880 for Home/RUK students or £16,800 for EU/International students) plus an annual stipend of £17,688 for Home/RUK students or an annual scholarship of £6,548 for EU/International students.
EU/International candidates of outstanding calibre may be awarded a studentship of £34,488 per year for three years. The International Enhanced Scholarship covers payment of tuition fees (£16,800) plus an annual stipend of £17,688.
For further details please see our Fees and Funding and Research Scholarships and Studentships webpages.
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