AHRC 10th Anniversary Cultural Engagement Fund
Fellowship Projects for Post-PhD Researchers
The University of Manchester has been awarded funding to develop opportunities for post-PhD Researchers. We are able to offer the following full-time Fellowship projects to University of Manchester PhD graduates who were awarded their PhD in the past two years (to Feb 2016). Students who have submitted and are awaiting examination are also eligible. Whilst the positions are described as full-time they can be taken over an extended period (after negotiation). Fellows will produce outputs in partnership with the University and the organisations. They will also contribute to a residential training event run by the AHRC NWCDTP in the summer of 2016.
Please send a covering letter describing your skills appropriate to the projects, particularly any experience working with non-University organisations, and a CV, to Jerome.firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on the 1 February 2016. Remember to indicate which project you are interested on in your application. If you wish to be considered for all three fellowships please indicate this and send a more general cover letter. Applications will be considered by the University and the partner organisations. Interviews will take place on the morning of the of 12 February. Projects will begin on the 15 February. There will be induction training on the 17 February 11-12. You should also include the name and email address of one referee. These awards are made before any tax which successful candidates might have to pay.
Project 1: 3 months full time
Developing heritage and cultural engagement capability
Partner: Quarry Bank Mill/ National Trust
Quarry Bank is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites. Owned by the National Trust, it consists of a Cotton Mill and Labourer’s cottages. The site has a large underdeveloped archive. The organisation is looking to develop its work with the archives and associated outreach activities. The organisation also wants to develop its research capability.
The purpose of this fellowship is to use a case-study approach – engaging with Quarry Bank – to develop strategies for engagement with cultural organisations. As a consequence the fellow will work with multiple partners to study best practice in communication, engagement, support, and management of engagement activities. The fellow will develop engagement procedure and policy, writing a document about academic engagement with the organisation but with a wider address. This will be useful for Quarry Bank but will also take into account the University of Manchester’s Social Responsibility research theme. The document will help further partnership with Quarry Bank and the National Trust, but will also enable the University to develop its capacity for partnership and outreach.
The fellow will work with the organisation in developing the following areas:
Work with cultural partners in the City of Manchester to develop appropriate cultural events
Schools outreach and educational engagement policy
Develop work on filming cultural engagement work, particularly in relation to schools outreach
The fellow will work directly with Quarry Bank’s archives, advising and discussing the possibility of exhibition (this latter in partnership, possibly, with the Portico Library) or some public events. The fellow will work on a number of public cultural events using the space of the Quarry Bank site. The fellow will discuss and consider Schools outreach, both with regard to the site itself but also to the communication of research from the University. The fellow will consider the ways communication and engagement works.
There is an additional support of £2000 for this project to make films or other media product. There are £500 travel expenses to claim too.
Fee for three months: £10,000 paid in 3 monthly instalments
Project 2: 3 months full time
Interpreting Manchester Cathedral’s Heritage
Partner: Manchester Cathedral
The heritage and history of the Cathedral, and its position at the centre of a web of interconnected projects within the city region, are fundamental to the success of the HLF bid and underpin all other strands of activity: music, education, radical outreach, volunteers and visitors (audience development). The HLF Regional Director has made it clear that the Cathedral’s heritage must take the lead in the bid for funding. To enable the Cathedral’s heritage to work in this way, a more consistent and in-depth knowledge is needed, looking into a range of resources including those in Manchester Cathedral’s own archives, at Manchester Central Library and John Rylands Library.
Aspirations for heritage research
· Developing new narratives for visitors that link to objects within the building, and to fabric of the building itself, to which visitors may relate
· Place the Cathedral at the heart of the interpretation of the narrative of the hidden history of ‘medieval Manchester’
· Connecting modern visitors with the stories of the lives of Manchester people in the pre-industrial era
· Widening Cathedral audiences and reaching deprived areas of the city through connection to a network of connected projects and through the telling of stories of peoples’ lives.
· Making links between Cathedral history and present-day activity
· Developing the Cathedral as a hub for the pre-industrial heritage of Manchester, networking with, signposting to, and adding value to other potential HLF projects in the city e.g. Clayton Hall, Platt Hall, Wythenshawe Hall
Fee for three months: £10,000 paid in 3 monthly instalments.
Project 3: 1 month full-time
ECR provision in Manchester and the North-West
Full-time fellowship to write a document about ECR provision in the Faculty of Humanities and the AHRC NWCDTP. This includes looking at training and sustainability, and working with key figures to suggest strategic and policy directions.
Fellow will also to set up a ECR/ Post-PhD network for ECRs in the Faculty of Humanities.
Fee for one-month: £3201