Funded PhD Opportunity

Fully-Funded PhD Opportunity with the University of Glasgow and the Film and TV Charity

The University of Glasgow and the Film + TV Charity are looking for a doctoral researcher to lead a project entitled ‘Work, employment, diversity and inclusion in the film and TV workforce: Improving the evidence-base for intervention.’ The funded PhD opportunity is a Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by AHRC and The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.

Film & TV are key components of the UK’s society, culture and economy. Practitioners, policy-makers and academics alike have pointed out that (a) film & TV need to be produced by a diverse workforce; (b) that workforce diversity is closely linked to work and employment conditions; (c) that workforce diversity and work and employment conditions in UK film & TV are currently problematic in various regards; and (d) that we lack rigorous, integrated data to develop effective interventions for both workforce diversity and work & employment conditions.

The current lack of good quality evidence is rooted in the design of existing data sources:

  • Conventional Office for National Statistic data sources are limited in how they can capture work and employment in film & TV.
  • In some film & TV occupations, up to 90% of the workforce are on freelance contracts. Workforce data obtained through employers – most influentially, Ofcom’s employer census on diversity – misses out a substantial share of freelancers working in film & TV.
  • Research that does capture freelance workers – most influentially, Creative Diversity Network’s Project Diamond – tends to focus on specific aspects such as diversity and inclusion, work & employment conditions or mental health.

The project will be based at the University of Glasgow (supervised by Professor Doris Ruth Eikhof and Professor Melanie Simms) and undertaken in close collaboration with the Film + TV Charity (project liaison Rupert Jones-Lee). The award includes funding for on-site secondments to the Film + TV Charity’s offices in London.

Deadline for applications: 30th May 2022.

The project will begin in October 2022.

For more on research questions the PhD will explore, eligibility, how to apply and the terms of funding see



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