LAHP Networking event & Student-led conference launch

LAHP Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences Networking event & Student-led conference launch

Would you like to be involved in running a student-led conference?

To mark the arrival of the London School of Economics as an associate member of the LAHP, LAHP will fund and sponsor a one-day student-led conference on a theme of your devising that relates somehow to the overlap, cross-fertilisation, and collaborative potential between the humanities and social sciences. The call for this will be launched in January 2017.

To prepare for this conference call, LAHP is running an evening of networking and ‘speed-dating’ from 5pm – 7pm on Wednesday 7th December, followed by an opportunity for socialising over drinks and snacks. LAHP is keen to encourage as many students as possible from different institutions and disciplinary backgrounds to meet, and (if you wish) to brainstorm ideas and collaborations ahead of the funding call.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite by 30th November.

Please note that there is a limited capacity for this event as it is open to all arts & humanities and social sciences PhD students across UCL, KCL, SAS, QMUL and LSE, and LAHP has requested that you cancel your booking if you are no longer able to attend.

The event will take place at:

LSE PhD Academy Lionel Robbins Building (4th floor) 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD

For more information why not look at LAHP’s website and twitter!

Arts & Humanities PhD Case Studies: the other side of academia

This interview, and the others to follow over the next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From Cultural Studies and Media Phd to Academic Services Research: the other side of Academia

Dr. Laura Speers

Current position: Laura is Post-Doctoral Associate at Queen Mary University London. She works in the Post-Graduate Training and Knowledge Exchange Unit.

Starting point:

I received a BA in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. Prior to beginning my PhD at King’s, I studied for an MA in Telecommunications at Indiana University.

First turn – Temporary Research Position

Immediately after finishing my PhD I was not sure whether I should pursue an academic career. I got a temporary research position through my supervisor. This was at 53 Million Artists, a collaborative project between KCL Cultural Institute and an external organisation. My role involved helping shape the research agenda of the project, synthesising academic and policy literature for research reports, and devising evaluation activities to assess project progress.

Second turn – Post-Graduate Training and Knowledge Exchange Unit

My position, for which a PhD is a requirement, entails researching, developing and co-ordinating the delivery of research training and knowledge exchange activity for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as an associate member of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), which is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The role involves the planning, programming, organisation and delivery of knowledge exchange activities by working closely with academic Schools, external partners and cultural institutions both in London and overseas.

I am very happy with the change. This postdoc position offers the best of both worlds (academia/outside) as I’m still in Higher Education so have university affiliation and library access (I’m in the process of publishing my PhD). I’m doing something new by applying my PhD experience and knowledge to researcher training and development. Researcher development is satisfying because it’s people-focused and you’re making a direct difference to the working lives and experiences of PhD students and ECRs.

How did you make it?

I encourage a twofold strategy to career transitions: hunting for information on the short run and chasing one’s interests and passions on the long run. Before applying for jobs I would make sure to shadow and interview people in that position, to understand better what the role implies. My active participation to extra-curricular activities led me to discover Post-graduate Training. As a PhD student I attended training sessions, which gave me the opportunity to understand the importance of Postgraduate Training and to understand how this service could be improved. At King’s I was Humanities PhD Students Representative, in such a capacity I organised workshops and gained valuable experience in chairing meetings and events. This made me realise that I enjoyed managing people and facilitating ideas exchanges. I had been cultivating these skills since her time at Indiana University, where I was an associate instructor, research assistant and served on the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) committee.

For an in-depth interview to Laura and for pratical tips about how she made the transition, see the following article on King’s Careers Blog.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 80 PhD studentships available for postgraduate students applying for a doctoral programme in the arts and humanities at one of the three partner institutions: King’s, UCL and the School of Advanced Study. Subject to availability, these awards will cover:

  • tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
  • annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend)

Before applying for a LAHP studentship you must have already applied for admission, LAHP strongly recommends that you submit your admissions application before Friday 16th January 2015.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (September 2015), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining.

LAHP studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the AHRC’s residency requirements. EU students are eligible to apply for LAHP funding on exactly the same basis as UK students. LAHP expects to make full awards (fees and maintenance) to successful EU candidates in 2015.

Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. LAHP encourages cross-supervision between the partner universities; please speak to the supervisors or departments about the possibilities available.

Full eligibility criteria and more information about the application procedure can be found on the London Arts & Humanities Partnership website.

AHRC/LAHP Studentship Competition 2014 NOW OPEN

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The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC/LAHP Doctoral Training Awards for 2014-15 entry.

Up to 80 three year studentships are available from the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership) to support postgraduate research covering all the arts and humanities disciplines across the three partners: King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London) and University College London.

Awards will cover tuition fees and maintenance (stipend) for those that are eligible.

Both prospective and existing Home/EU postgraduate research students will be able to apply. If you have already commenced your doctoral study, you will need to be studying for at least one more year full-time or 20 months part-time (excluding the writing up period) from September 2014 in order to be eligible.

All eligible students wishing to apply will need to complete an AHRC/LAHP Application form and submit the completed form to the LAHP office via email. For those who will be joining King’s College London as a new student in 2014/15, you will also need to ensure that you have submitted a complete admissions application to the College for a place on a postgraduate research degree programme.  

Deadline: Friday 31 January 2014, at 17:00 GMT

For full details about the AHRC/LAHP Studentship Competition, please go to: http://www.lahp.ac.uk/studentships