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Representations of career in the printed media over 30 years

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    Prof J Arnold
    Dr S Barnard
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Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the Loughborough University Graduate School in conjunction with the University’s Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge to start in October 2016. The project will be based in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by an £8 million annual investment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. Comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major university league tables, the University was awarded The Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-2009 and was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for six years running.

The project will make a structured comparison of articles concerning careers in selected and contrasting media outlets in 1985, 2000 and 2015. The main purpose is to identify the extent and nature of any changes over time in explanations for how careers unfold, the nature of any career advice given, the imagery and metaphors used, and the narrative forms employed. These media outputs will also be compared with key academic writings of the same period to identify how popular discourse and academic discourse overlap, diverge and feed into one another.

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a social science such as sociology, psychology or media/communication graduates. Some appreciation of social science research is preferred. Whilst not essential, a relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: sociology, psychology or media/communication.

General information about the School of Business and Economics can be found at
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Professor John Arnold [Email Address Removed] or Dr Sarah Barnard [Email Address Removed].

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: Under programme name please select ‘Business School’.

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016
Please quote the following reference when applying: GSRC2016CCC/JA

Funding Notes

The studentship is for three years and is intended to start in October 2016. The studentship provides a stipend of £14,057 per annum (current 15/16 rate) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years. International (non EU) students may apply but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves.

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