Falmouth University in the UK is delighted to be offering funding for PhD-level study to start in September 2018. Among a set of studentships is a programme on "Co-Design and Co-Creative Practice in Distributed Mixed Reality", which may be of interest to the CHI community.
This research project aims to investigate the use of mixed-reality technology, such as Microsoft HoloLens, to facilitate joint practice and collaboration in geographically distributed spaces. The vision of the project is to realise a shared virtual space that blurs and intersects with disparate real-spaces to enable creative practitioners who are physically apart to work together. Areas of application might include art, animation, composition, design, programming, performance, writing, or any other form of production in a creative sphere. How the affordances of mixed-reality can be leveraged to engage and facilitate co-design and co-creative practice forms the thrust of the research. Though, technical limitations and the usability of interactions might also offer other fertile fields for exploration. This area will hopefully appeal to graduates seeking to develop skills and expertise spanning human-computer interaction, practice in the creative disciplines, telecommuting, distributed multimedia, and mixed reality.
Technical skills sufficient to work with the technology and engage in practice-led research is required, but there is no requirement for a background in these areas.
This studentship will be hosted by the Games Academy, an academic department aligned to cross-disciplinary research. As such, this represent an exciting opportunity to become part of a community of multi-disciplinary researchers committed to shaping solutions for societal change through innovation, creativity, and the arts.
Studentships comprise tuition fees at Home/EU rates and a stipend of GBP 14,777 per year tenable for a minimum period of 3 academic years. EU students are welcome to apply. We also welcome applications for part-time studentships, and these comprise tuition fees and a pro-rata maintenance award for a 5-year period. Alongside their research projects, successful candidates will be asked to deliver up to 180 hours per year of teaching within the department of their Director of Studies. Teaching hours will be paid in addition to the stipend and paid at GBP 17.10 per hour (current rate), further raising the value of these awards.
PhD Studentship Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be taken into account when awarding Falmouth University doctoral studentships:
* The strength of your professional and academic profile, as demonstrated through previous study and/or professional experience.
* The quality, invention and viability of your response to the research project you are applying for.
* The contribution you are able to make to the Falmouth research community and your host department, in terms of both research and teaching.
Candidates should also be aware of the following:
* Students who are currently registered for a PhD programme are not eligible to apply for these awards.
* Successful applicants will normally have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant first degree and demonstrate their potential for practice-led research through a master's qualification and/or through alternative evidence of research aptitude.
* Applicants whose first language is not English require a recognised English language qualification. The minimum entry requirement is GCSE English at grade C or above or IELTS score 7.0 or TOEFL score 600 (or demonstrable equivalent).
* Awards may not be deferred and must be taken in the next academic year.
Applying for a PhD Studentship
To apply for a PhD studentship, you must use the downloadable application form below. Please read the accompanying guidance notes carefully and be sure to adhere to the word limits indicated.
All application forms and supplementary application materials must be sent to [log in to unmask]
Applications that do not arrive by 5pm BST on 11 June 2018 will not be considered.
If your application is selected, you will be invited to interview on 5 July. All applicants must be available for interview on this date.
In addition to your application form, and at the same time, you will need to submit the following additional materials:
* a CV (3 pages maximum)
* evidence of your English language qualifications (if your 1st language is not English and you do not have a degree from a UK institution)
* a sample of critical writing (3000 words maximum)
* where relevant, evidence of your ability to undertake the practice-led research you are proposing (e.g. links to website, reviews, catalogue, etc.).
* an Equal Opportunities monitoring form (which you can download below).
Please note that no other supplementary material will be considered by the studentship selection panel (e.g. an extended proposal or personal statement/covering letter or essays/theses over 3000 words).
You will also need to arrange for two references to arrive by the application deadline (11 June 2018). You can download a reference form below (please fill in the top section and send it to your referees to complete). These must be sent directly to [log in to unmask] by your referees, and not attached to your application.
11 June 2018: Deadline for studentship applications
25 June 2018: Interview invitations sent to shortlisted candidates*
5 July 2018: Interviews held at Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
13 July 2018: Awards Announced
27 August 2018: Deadline for accepting award
18 September 2018: Studentships begin
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