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Potential Placements

Potential Placements

The opportunities listed below will give you a sense of the different types of placement and different organisations you can do a placement with. They are current vacancies and can be applied to but the list is not exhaustive. You are welcome and encouraged to explore opportunities at other organisations that may be more relevant to your research.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the opportunities below or have a different organisation in mind for your placement.

Contact – Dr Steven Colburn,

CHASE DTP Placements and Partnerships Officer:

+44 (0)1273 873673

BBC Archives

The BBC Archives contain a wealth of material covering a the full spectrum of the BBC’s output since it began broadcasting. There should be material of interest to all PhD researchers. Placement opportunities are primarily available working on cataloguing the vast BBC archives but other opportunities are potentially available. See this guide for an overview of the BBC archives.

See this guide for further details of archival projects available.

Brief Encounters, Vol. 3 Senior Editor

Call for Applications

Brief Encounters is an open-access peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, which showcases the interdisciplinary research of CHASE-funded and affiliated scholars, staff, and non-HEI partners. As an open access journal, Brief Encounters supports the dissemination of knowledge to a global readership, with the intent that the research it publishes encourages the exchange of ideas outside of traditional academic circles. Brief Encounters comprises short but still academically rigorous pieces, providing individuals with the opportunity to publish in an alternative format to the traditional 7-8,000 word articles often required by academic publications. It is a space to publish work conducted for previous studies, conference papers, research that does not have a place in a doctoral thesis, or an inspired scribble in a notebook that deserves fuller exploration. The journal aims to preserve and facilitate the discussion of work that would otherwise be limited to single discipline conferences, conversations within institutions, or even a brief exchange on a train platform. All articles published by Brief Encounters are free to read and accessible to all with no registration required.

The role of Senior Editor is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in gaining editorial experience or pursuing a career in academic publishing. This is a highly rewarding position that will aid the professional development of the role-holder in numerous ways. As well as enhancing your communication and negotiation skills, you will gain project and budget management experience, and an in-depth knowledge of the academic publication process and open access publishing. The position is unusual for a placement in that it offers the post-holder first-hand experience of leadership in a professional academic context. It will also give you the opportunity to forge meaningful professional relationships with talented and highly motivated students across institutions and disciplines. By canvassing interdisciplinary and innovative submissions to be published in the journal, you will gain a greater awareness of emerging scholarship in a variety of arts and humanities subjects. In addition, you will work closely with senior academics who are members of the journal’s Steering Committee to develop the focus and scope of the journal. As well as providing you with valuable support and guidance throughout the publication process, the relationships you form with senior academics offer numerous opportunities for collaboration on a range of projects and fresh ways of thinking about your own research. As Senior Editor of Brief Encounters you will establish a reputation as an individual who is committed to promoting research in the Arts and Humanities and aiding the career progression of fellow postgraduate students. This reputation and the wealth of experiences and skills you will attain and hone will be an invaluable asset for your future career, whether within or outside of academia.

Previous experience is not required as you will receive training from the current Senior Editor but a vision for the Volume 3 of the journal is desirable. In recognition of the work required by the Senior Editor, this role is now a CHASE DTP Placement with an extension of your PhD stipend.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Providing a clear statement of the journal’s focus and scope
  • Managing the journal budget
  • Writing the Call for Papers (CfP) with the assistance of the Central Editorial Team
  • Publicising the CfP alongside the Communications Officer and rest of the Editorial Board
  • Canvassing individuals to submit their work
  • Making announcements about the CfP and representing the journal at CHASE events
  • Contacting all Associate Editors to ensure their availability and reviewing interests before the peer review process starts
  • Co-ordinating (with outgoing Senior Editor) peer review and copyedit training for incoming Editorial Board members
  • Reading through all new submissions once CfP is open and offering support/input to Submissions Editor and Section Editors when needed
  • Once CfP closes, setting a schedule with deadlines to keep the journal on target for publication date (to be agreed with Central Editorial Team)
  • Once submissions pass to Section Editors, remaining in contact to make sure peer review process is on schedule.
  • Overseeing copyedit process once submissions clear peer review
  • Reviewing copyedited articles for consistency across the volume before they are moved onto the layout stage
  • Ensuring that all images have copyright permissions
  • Once submissions pass to layout, working with the Layout Editor and Web Officer to produce the journal. This involves decisions on pagination and font, article running order, and writing the foreword and acknowledgements for the volume
  • When Layout Editor has produced proofs of copyedited articles, delegating proofreading tasks to members of the Editorial Board
  • Conducting final proofread of whole volume
  • With the Communications Officer, begin recruiting people for the next Editorial Board.

To apply, please send a one page cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for this role, as well as your vision for Volume 3 of the journal to by 15th January.

For more information on this role or an informal discussion, please contact the current Senior Editor, Jade Lee

Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre

A medical practice that utilises complementary care to support its core health services. The centre is keen to host PhD students and is open to exploring any project that would be of mutual benefit to the student and the centre. There are a number of projects potentially available at this innovative centre that is working in a fast-moving field. See their website for an overview of the centre.

Learning on Screen (formerly BUFVC)

The BUFVC is beneficiary of an extensive archive of film and video content. They work on archiving uncatalogued materials, digitising content and offering training in the use of film and video for teaching and training purposes. They have worked with PhD students on archiving and digitising projects and welcome proposals for projects that utilise their content. You can see examples of previous projects on their website and are welcome to arrange to visit their offices in central London to explore their archives and discuss potential projects with their team.

Fulham Palace - Please note, this placement has been filled.

Fulham Palace is embarking on a £3.8 million restoration project entitled “Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham” supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As well as restoring the iconic Tudor Quadrangle and replanting historic varieties of plants, they are developing new interpretation for display in a variety of new and exciting exhibition spaces within the historic rooms. An Archive Research and Interpretation placement is available to work on this project. Click here for further details.


Glyndebourne, an independent opera house in Sussex, is happy to discuss a range of placement projects. Whether ‘front of house’ in the creation of content or contributing to shows or ‘back of house’ working with the team that manages the opera house. Students are invited to find out more about Glyndebourne and are happy to discuss potential placement opportunities that would be beneficial to the student and the organisation: Glyndebourne website.

The ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art)

The ICA has a fast moving programme of exhibitions and events that will be of interest to PhD researchers. They welcome students interested in their work to develop and propose projects that could contribute to their forthcoming programmes.

The ICA are currently recruiting two Festival Co-ordinators to support the planning and delivery of Frames of Representation 2018, an international documentary cinema festival. See here for further details and to apply.

Intel Labs

Intel Collaborative Research Institutes (ICRIs) are Intel-funded, jointly-led research collaborations between Intel and the academic community. There are Intel Labs in London and Dublin with Manchester and Peterborough labs to launch soon. Intel Labs are looking for arts and humanities PhD researchers interested in the impact of information technologies on everyday life. Their website showcases the themes they are working to but they are happy to discuss potential projects with any CHASE funded students and are also happy to welcome students to their London lab to find out more about Intel Labs.

The National Archives

Potential Activities for CHASE Students on Placement at The National Archives

Medieval and Early Modern Teams

  1. Checking of cataloguing work on private deeds and evidence abandoned in the Court of Wards and Liveries (c. 1150-1642)
  2. Summarising for TNA’s catalogue the decisions recorded in the Privy Council registers of the 1630s
  3. Cataloguing transcripts of medieval and early modern English and Scottish letters held in European archives
  4. Contributing to multiple projects taking shape within a programme that will commence with the 2017 anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation
  5. Helping to develop funding bids and activities relating to the crown’s executive function in the royal and privy council
  6. Converting the text of medieval charter roll calendars into a form suitable for TNA’s catalogue
  7. Checking the manuscript key to the Letters and Papers Henry VIII against original documents to identify missing referencing information
  8. Contributing to conversion of published calendars of letters and papers of the British commanders in chief during the American Revolutionary War
  9. Cataloguing of the papers of the Exchequer during the Civil War and Interregnum
  10. Surveying obsolete and antiquarian lists, indexes and publications for descriptions that are suitable for conversion into data for TNA’s catalogue

Modern Records Teams

1.       Assisting with various projects to mark the centenary of the introduction of Cabinet Office minutes and the history of No. 10 Downing Street (including researching and assembling physical exhibitions; preparing text for an online exhibition, helping to convene an academic discussion event at TNA).
2.       Involvement in cataloguing of Foreign Office personal and ministerial private office papers
3.       Contributing to various cataloguing and research activities relating to nineteenth century poverty and public health
4.       Helping to scope work on how born-digital records and data can be used more effectively by researchers in the humanities

General Activities

1.       The option to write a blog for TNA’s website
2.       Attendance at team and departmental meetings within TNA’s Advice and Records Knowledge Department; shadowing on advice points and observance of key roles such as the Enquiry Service Manager (reading room service supervision)
3.       Visits to other TNA departments to help with their day-to-day business activities and to speak to staff about their work: notably Education (school group visits), Collection Care (document preservation and conservation labs), Document Services (archival storage and retrieval for researchers), Catalogue and Taxonomy (management of catalogue information), Press and Marketing, Research and Engagement (coordinating academic activities).

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes placement enquiries from CHASE funded students interested in working in any area of the gallery. Students interested in a placement at the National Portrait Gallery are advised to research the gallery collections and identify a particular area that matches your interests. Contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer if you would like to pursue a placement at the National Portrait Gallery:

The National Portrait Gallery is also happy to arrange tours for groups of up to 15 students who would like to visit the gallery archives. You will receive a guided tour from the Archive Manager and the opportunity to explore the gallery’s holdings not currently on display. This is a good opportunity to find out more about the work of the gallery, its holdings and how they might benefit your research. Contact us if you would like to sign up for a tour:

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

OLH is an exciting project, led by Birkbeck, to make humanities scholarship available free of charge through open access publishing. Placement opportunities are available in a range of functions of the organisation:

1. Editorial work
2. Copyediting
3. Proofreading
4. Digital preservation
5. Understanding new business models for digital content dissemination
6. Financial accounting
7. Charitable law and governance

A placement with OLH will enable you to gain experience in several of these areas. Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details:

V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum

The V&A provides a range of training and support for PhD researchers working on their collections. They are happy to consider proposals for placements working with any of their collections. Given the range of collections and the number of curators you are advised to research the V&A website, visit the museum and identify the collection you would like to work with.

Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer when you are know which area of the museum you are interested in.

Turner Contemporary

At Turner Contemporary, they believe in the power of art to transform people and places, doing things differently to achieve their vision that “art and creativity are at the heart of a vibrant, healthy and equal society.” Their mission, “pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life” informs everything that they do.

Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has become one of the most successful galleries in the UK. They’ve achieved more than 2.3 million visits and the gallery has been a catalyst for the social and economic regeneration of Margate. Located in a building designed by David Chipperfield Architects, on a site overlooking the North Sea, their programme of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and their innovative learning programme have fast earned the gallery an international reputation.

With free admission, great art is accessible for all. Turner Contemporary are committed to challenging traditional practice to make themselves more accessible; repositioning art as more relevant to society. Their distinctive, audience-focused approach is integral to their success and inspires interest from their peers, nationally and internationally.

Turner Contemporary is a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The organisation receives revenue funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council and the whole team works creatively to raise significant amounts of additional income.

The following are broad areas of work that are open for placement applications.

  • Curatorial
  • Education and Learning
  • Research – curatorial, data capture and analysis
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Operations/customer care/visitor experience
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising/development
  • Income generation/business development


Vitae is the professional body for Researcher Developers, based in the UK but with a global reach. If you are interested in the policies and structures that shape the Higher Education research landscape this will be an ideal placement. You will have opportunities to conduct meaningful research designed to shape the Higher Education research agenda. You will also gain experience in event management and administration and have the opportunity to develop contacts with people working in every facet of Higher Education. Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details:


Wasafiri, The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing is currently offering two part-time editorial and administrative placement opportunities to CHASE students.

Wasafiri is the UK’s leading magazine for international contemporary writing. Founded by Susheila Nasta MBE, the first issue was launched in 1984. It is now renowned for publishing some of the world’s most distinguished writers, including: Chinua Achebe; Kamau Brathwaite; Anita and Kiran Desai; Sam Selvon; Nadine Gordimer; Abdulrazak Gurnah; Ngugi wa Thiong’o; Michael Ondaatje; Vikram Seth; Nayantara Sahgal; Gillian Slovo and Ben Okri amongst many others. And we actively seek out writers from minority ethnic backgrounds who often struggle to be heard in the mainstream.

We are looking for two organised, hardworking and lively candidates. You will need a meticulous eye for detail and will provide editorial and administrative support to our small, new, in-house team. Specific responsibilities are likely to be either helping with the administration and organisation of the magazine’s review pages or supporting the publicity and content for our growing digital programme by finding new avenues to increase our social media reach. You will also participate in organising and delivering our live events programme. You will need excellent writing and communication skills as well as a demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, publishing and international writing. As the team works closely together on a daily basis you will need to share ideas with a dynamic and busy creative team each week. You will receive experience of working on an established literary magazine, dealing with contributors, developing knowledge of publishing contracts, publication, submissions and peer review procedures, proofreading and copyediting.

CHASE students have the option of working from home at least one day a week.

Based on the Mile End Road in London and housed with the School of English & Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, both placements offer an exciting opportunity and creative environment to develop new skills. Wasafiri will publish its 100th issue in 2019. It an independent arts organisation funded by Arts Council England, Routledge and Queen Mary University of London.

For more information about the magazine visit: @Wasafiri1

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to Pauline Walker The deadline for applications is: Midnight 30 November 2017

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world. Inspired by the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, they encourage great ideas about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Their vision is to be a place that challenges the ways people think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.

Wellcome Collection are managed across four departments:

Collections & Research - responsible for collections development, cataloguing and research activity across all their collections, regardless of format or medium;

Digital Engagement – responsible for creating a user-centric digital collection platform where people can discover and engage with content and other users to explore the cultural contexts of health, science, life and art;

Wellcome Collection Operations – responsible for providing integrated services and expertise for the smooth and efficient running of Wellcome Collection and the care and preservation of our unique and distinctive collections;

Public Programmes – responsible for running temporary and permanent exhibitions, the Reading Room, live events, publishing, touring exhibitions and the loan of collection objects to external venues.

YA Shot

YAShot is a not-for-profit organisation that works to encourage a love of reading, a passion for writing, and aspirations to careers in the Arts through various ‘Young Adult’ Literature-related activities.

Their flagship fund-raising event is a large, annual one-day festival (featuring 50-75 authors) that partners with the UK’s YA blogging awards for an evening of blogging and vlogging activities. They use the funds raised to run a large internship programme and a series of outreach activities. These outreach activities include partnering with libraries and schools for free school events, as well as developing ways of working with council authorities to bring author events to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK (including children in care, care leavers and young carers). They are seeking input and help to develop all their outreach work, including through securing new sponsorship and funding.

They are now entering their third year, with excellent brand-recognition across the UK YA world and growing international recognition through working with festivals in Australia and Chicago and increasingly engaging with large publications with an international readership (including PLO, the Bookseller, The Guardian and others).

They have several opportunities that could be of interest to postgraduate research students looking for opportunities for challenging and exciting work to allow them to develop a range of new and existing skills, use research to pursue immediate practical goals, and gain experience in a range of areas such as team-working, supervising junior colleagues, project management and developing documentation. They offer roles with significant responsibility and autonomy but also plenty of input and support, including a professional mentor with experience in skills development at a postgraduate level.