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PhD Studentship: Storytelling, Animation and Mental Health Literacy

School of Design and Creative Arts

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About the Project

Reference number: SDCA-AA-20
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 5 June 2020
Interview date: June/July 2020

Primary supervisor: Professor Michael Wilson
Secondary supervisor: Dr Antonia Liguori

The studentship is based within the Storytelling Academy ( in the School of Design and Creative Arts in Loughborough and is linked to an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on storytelling and animation for mental health literacy amongst young people, in collaboration with the Institute for Mental Health (University of Nottingham), London School of Economics, the Mental Health Foundation, Buzz Consulting and Aardman (Bristol).

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates that will consolidate and extend the work of the project.
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The newly formed School of Design and Creative Arts offers a wide range of design and creative arts programmes. We are 24th in the world for Art & Design (QS World Rankings 2020) and 2nd in the UK in the Times, Sunday Times, and Guardian University Guides 2020.

Full Project Detail:

This project asks whether co-created, animated stories increase young people's mental health literacy?
This study brings together expertise in world-beating animation, health and the arts and humanities alongside a scientific, social and behavioural evaluative layer that seeks to advance transformative impacts in policy, provision and practice relevant to statutory and third sector organisations supporting mental health literacy among young people.

Telling stories is as much part of us as breathing air. Indeed we are storytelling animals. Stories are key in helping us understand our environment, our experiences and relationships. They help us build and convey our identities, the building blocks of our selves.

Furthermore, in a complex, uncertain, changing and seemingly contradictory world, stories are uniquely suited for helping us to navigate our way through it. There is growing interest in how stories and metaphor are core to life and can help people negotiate mental health. Importantly, stories can also interrogate, challenge and transform existing power relationships, including those that predominate within healthcare contexts.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage.

Contact details:

Name: Professor Michael Wilson
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228472

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Drama.

Please quote reference number: SDCA-AA-20

Funding Notes

This is a 3-year Full-Time studentship, commencing in October 2020.Submission is expected within the funding period. For UK/EU students the studentship will cover tuition frees plus a tax-free stipend for living expenses. We also welcome applications from international students, although the studentship will cover the international fees only.

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