SPIRE PhD student awarded place on public engagement scheme

SPIRE PhD researcher John Beales has been chosen to take part in the 2019 ‘TV PhD’ talent development scheme for emerging academics.

'TV PhD’ is a collaborative training and mentoring programme run by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Edinburgh International Television Festival (ETF).

The schemes aim is to establishing links between academic researchers and TV professionals and is designed to help participants secure work in, or with, the television industry. Those selected receive a unique opportunity for training and mentoring tailored to support them in their research and future careers.

As part of the programme, John and his fellow participants will spend five days in Edinburgh and attend the Edinburgh International Television Festival from 20-23 August.

In addition to attending masterclasses by leading tv professionals John will receive 12 months of mentoring and development, attend bespoke ‘Tv PhD’ sessions and be provided with support to develop networking opportunities.

John said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded a place on this scheme. The medium of television provides a fantastic opportunity to engage the public with my research into the meaning of the ‘experience’ of war, and the mechanisms of physical and psychological survival adopted by the personnel of Britain’s armed forces during the Falklands campaign, 1982. The 40th anniversary of the conflict is likely to provide a number of television commissioning opportunities and, by participating in the scheme as I come towards the end of the first year of my research, I hope to be able to develop the skills, knowledge and contacts to make the most of those opportunities”.

John is supervised by Professor Helen Parr in SPIRE and Dr Simon-Innes Robbins at the Imperial War Museums.

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