Postgraduate Studentship in Criminal Investigations of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a fully funded graduate studentship in the area ofcriminal investigations of human trafficking and modern slavery. The studentship will be granted in the form of a Post-graduate Teaching Assistantship. This means that, alongside your research, you will be expected to undertake a limited amount of teaching through which you will contribute to the wider University community and have opportunity to develop wider academic skills. If granted a PhD studentship, subject to satisfactory progress you’ll receive £14,500 per annum (p.a.) for three years, with access to up £1,000 p.a. for professional development and fees will be fully covered at a UK/EU level.

The proposed area of study would examine areas such as that relating to both reactive responses to suspicions of human trafficking, as well as those pertaining to proactive investigations, including identifying the signs, gathering of information, evidence or intelligence, and the interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects that would enable the development of a model to be used in criminal investigations into human trafficking/modern slavery. As such, there would be an expectation that the candidate is comfortable with developing effective working relationships with practitioners at all levels, who are responsible for investigating these crimes.

The Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences already has strong relations with enforcement agencies, such as the Police, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, as well as the Anti-Slavery Commissioners’ Office and other relevant agencies/organisations. As such, it is well placed to support this area of study.

Principal Accountabilities

  • To teach on programmes and modules within the agreed curricula for Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly within the area of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences
  • To undergo research and scholarly activity associated with their PhD programme and develop a publication record in Law, Criminology and Social Sciences
  • To support the Head of Subject and Programme Leaders in Law, Criminology and Social Sciences
  • To observe and implement University policies and procedures

This is a Post-graduate Teaching Assistantship post, and the successful candidate will undertake a full time traditional route PhD programme.  The start date is May 2016 or soon thereafter. If appointed, you’ll receive £14,500 per annum (p.a.) for three years.  On this occasion the studentship is available only to applicants assessed as being UK/EU for fees assessment. There is also - subject to satisfactory progress – an extra £1,000 p.a. for professional development purposes.  Fees will be covered at a UK/EU level.  Funding will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress. 

For informal discussion, please contact Dr Dave Walsh at d.walsh@derby.ac.uk or Dr. Philip Hodgson at at p.hodgson@derby.ac.uk

 

 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 20 April 2016

Interviews: week commencing 9 May 2016

If you have not heard from us by the interview date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been shortlisted.

 

For details of how to apply, please see:

www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply

Applications must be made using the RD02 form (MPhil/PhD by Thesis Application Form). When submitting your application, please include the reference code CRIM01 in the title of your email.

Complete applications should be forwarded to researchoffice@derby.ac.uk

Graduate Studentship in Screen Cultures, Digital Technology and the Media Industries

The College of Law, Humanities and the Social Sciences invites applications for a fully funded Post-graduate Studentship in the subject area of contemporary screen cultures, digital technology and media industries. The studentship will be granted in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. This means that, alongside your research, you will be expected to undertake a limited amount of teaching through which you will contribute to the wider University community and have opportunity to develop wider academic skills. If granted a PhD studentship, subject to satisfactory progress you’ll receive £14,500 per annum (p.a.) for three years, with access to up £1,000 p.a. for professional development and fees will be fully covered at a UK/EU level.

Contemporary screen culture has been reshaped by digital technologies in ways that have profoundly altered the organisational structures and distribution practices of entertainment media industries, offering opportunities for expansive franchises crossing multiple production and distribution avenues from cinema to Netflix, digital comics and video games, as producers and distributers seek to capture audiences. The proliferation of streaming media and digital entertainment also affords the consumer a range of diversions and competing demands on their leisure time, redefining Williams classic notion of television flow into new multimedia experiences that cross social media, second screens and other intertextual and paratextual experiences. As such, media usage once considered typical ‘fan’ behaviour is increasingly the mainstream form of consumption. In this context, news, reviews, clickbait listicles and other paratextual materials are an essential part of the promotion and consumption of media texts. In this context, genre based texts, particularly fantasy and science fiction with their potential to offer vibrant and immersive worlds and stories, have re-emerged as the dynamic and innovative franchises, effectively leveraging audience behaviours to promote, distribute and expand.

The proposed area of study would examine areas connected to the dynamics of production, distribution and/or the consumption of media. Projects might explore areas such as genre franchises and their organisation and reception, multiplatform adaptations, cross platform textuality and transmedia storytelling, franchise distribution and synergistic practices and their reception. Other potential areas of focus could include participatory practices such as audiences and social media use or meme culture in film, television and video game consumption. The production and consumption of paratextual materials such as wikis, guides and reviews and media journalism by media professionals or audiences might also be covered.

Principal Accountabilities

  • To teach on programmes and modules within the agreed curricula for Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly within the area of media, communication and journalism
  • To undergo research and scholarly activity associated with their PhD programme and develop a publication record in media and communications
  • To support the Head of Subject and Programme Leaders in media, communications and journalism
  • To observe and implement University policies and procedures

This is a Post-graduate Teaching Assistantship post, and the successful candidate will undertake a full time traditional route PhD programme.  The start date is May 2016 or soon thereafter. If appointed, you’ll receive £14,500 per annum (p.a.) for three years. On this occasion the studentship is available only to applicants assessed as being UK/EU for fees assessment. There is also - subject to satisfactory progress – an extra £1,000 p.a. for professional development purposes.  Fees will be covered at a UK/EU level.  Funding will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Nathan Hunt at n.hunt@derby.ac.uk  or Professor Paul Elliott at p.elliott@derby.ac.uk

 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 20 April 2016

Interviews: week commencing 9 May 2016

If you have not heard from us by the interview date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been shortlisted.

 

For details of how to apply, please see:

www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply

When submitting your application, please include the reference code MED01 in the title of your email.

Complete applications should be forwarded to researchoffice@derby.ac.uk