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PINNACLE (Promoting inclusive access, discoverability and use of British Library digital learning resources for young people)

Institute for Media and Creative Industries

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About the Project

Application details:

Reference number:  2021/TECHNE/CDA

Start date: October 2021

Closing date: 31 January 2021


Dr Lise Jaillant, Dr Amalia Sabiescu, and Prof Louise Cooke (Loughborough University) and Dr Alex Whitfield (British Library)

Project Detail:

The overall aim of the project is to investigate the access, discoverability and use of the British Library’s online learning resources, focusing on issues experienced by disadvantaged young people and how these can be mitigated, with a view to reducing barriers and improving access for all. This interdisciplinary research will be conducted through a methodological approach drawing on mixed methods (e.g., qualitative methods such as interviews and quantitative methods such as questionnaires) and visual methods. The study will review and advance scholarship on:

·     Access and discoverability of digital learning resources, spanning technical, social and human factors;

·     The role of digital library resources in informal learning and creative education; and

·     The connection between digital and social inclusion, and how this dynamic has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ideal candidate will have a background in digital humanities or the social sciences (e.g., library and information studies, communication, sociology, education). Experience in cultural sector organisations is desirable, but not a requirement.

Loughborough University London:

Loughborough University London is a part of technē; a consortium comprising nine universities in London and the South-East. Around 55 AHRC studentships are awarded each year. To apply for a technē scholarship you must first be accepted by a technē university.

technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches. technē provides: 

  • An environment for students who wish to be intellectually innovative and experimental
  • Varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary training and networking opportunities
  • Collaborative engagement with partners in the cultural and other sectors
  • Rigorous scholarly training and opportunities to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication 

Loughborough is a top-ten rated research-intensive university in England (REF2014). By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Media and Creative Industries you’ll work alongside academic leaders in their fields.

Much of our research is collaborative and interdisciplinary, connecting to local and global communities and organisations. London is one of the world’s leading hubs for media and creative and cultural industries and an ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks.

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At the British Library, the successful candidate will be part of a wider cohort of collaborative doctoral students and benefit from direct access to specialist expertise and training to complement their academic development.

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Find out more about the project:

Please contact Dr Lise Jaillant ([Email Address Removed]).

Entry requirements:

An honours degree (2:1 or above) and a relevant master's degree, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Funding information:

Awards are available for both full-time and part-time students. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI terms and conditions, see AHRC's Current Award Holders web page. Students receive a tax-free stipend and a fee waiver at AHRC rates.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Lise Jaillant

Email address: [Email Address Removed]

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select Media and Creative Industries. Please upload a research proposal with your application

Please quote reference: 2021/TECHNE/CDA

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