Fully-funded arts studentships available after £900,000 grant awarded

Issue date: 19 May 2017

Students doing technical printing in a studio

Arts and humanities students have the chance to land a fully-funded PhD scholarship with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and two partner universities.

Twelve studentship posts are available after UWE Bristol, Falmouth University and Plymouth University were jointly awarded £900,000 from the National Productivity Investment Fund.

Successful applicants will study with the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training, a collaboration between the three institutions which trains researchers to meet the creative and design opportunities of the future. The centre explores the possibilities and challenges presented by rapidly evolving technologies, including the interface between digital processes and traditional methods.

The studentships, which begin in October, cover fees plus an annual maintenance award of £14,553. The award is for three years full-time but it is possible to study part-time.

Although the scope of each studentship is distinct, there are significant crossovers including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, human computer interface and the impact of digital technologies on the creative industries.

One studentship will focus on design for inflatable clothing, researching the use of inflatable technologies in clothing for the elderly that prevent harm incurred during a fall. Another will centre on the future of the book, investigating emergent models and modes for publishing, writing and creative engagement with digital technology.

Andrew Spicer, Professor of Cultural Production at UWE Bristol and a Co-Director at the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training, said: “Each studentship is a collaboration between one of the three universities' research centres and an industrial partner that guarantees training and access to facilities, a variety of internships/placements and in some instances co-supervision.

“This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of an innovative and cutting-edge cohort of researchers dedicated to reshaping industrial technologies and processes through embedded practice-based research.”

The deadline for applications is 19 June, with interviews being held in Bristol on 10/11 July. Full details of the studentships can be found at http://3d3research.co.uk/

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