Higher Education Collaboration

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards with Glasgow Life

The opportunity

Glasgow Life has been successful in applying for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) award from the AHRC.  This award will support three doctoral studentships each year for three years, beginning in October 2014.  Each studentship will be jointly supervised by a member of the Glasgow Life team and an academic from a Higher Education Institution, as with the AHRC’s existing CDA scheme.  The HEI will administer the studentship, receiving funds from the AHRC for fees and to cover the student’s maintenance.  Glasgow Life will provide additional financial support to cover travel and related costs in carrying out research of up to £1,000 a year.

Who we are

Glasgow Life is an independent charity which manages arts, archives, libraries, museums, community centres and sports for the City of Glasgow.  With a turnover of more than £114 million and 16.5 million in person usages each year, Glasgow Life is the largest organisation of its kind in the UK, and possibly in Europe.  Glasgow Life is responsible for the best civic museums and archival collections, the largest complex of museums and the most visited museums and art galleries outside London, which contribute to the city’s vibrant cultural life, educational provision and creative and tourist economies.  

At the same time Glasgow has the largest concentration of poor and unhealthy people in the UK, and has been subject to massive large-scale regeneration initiatives which included the relocation/dispersal of entire communities, with many unintended consequences.  These include the destruction of the palimpsest of the built environment, dislocating people’s sense of place, time and community, while increasing diversity.  

Glasgow Life operates: 

  • Nine museums and galleries – the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Peoples' Palace, Provand's Lordship, Riverside Museum, Scotland Street School Museum, The Burrell Collection and St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art;
  • Five art and cultural venues – the City Halls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Old Fruitmarket Trongate 103 and Tramway;
  • The Mitchell Library – Central Reference Library and Archive – and a city-wide network of local libraries; and a network of community centres, sports facilities, pitches and pavilions.

Research topics

Following internal consultation, Glasgow Life has identified five potential research areas which are aligned to our strategic aims and will bring mutual benefits to both the successful student and to the Glasgow Life operation. In line with AHRC guidelines, these topics have capacity for the student to make an original contribution to knowledge and engage with ongoing scholarly debates, in a field or fields within the AHRC remit. 

The selected areas are as follows:

  1. Burrell Collection Medieval Stained Glass
  2. Culture Arts and Heritage in Glasgow
  3. Sports Events Policy

Applying for a partnership

Email Application form by Friday 28th February​ 2014

We would now like to invite applications from HEIs to work with us on one or more of these proposed topics, using the application form below. The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 28th February. We will then select the three proposals with the strongest HEI applications to start in the next academic year, commencing October 2014. 

HEI applications will be assessed according to the proposed academic supervisor’s/supervisors’ research interests and expertise, the ability of the proposed Department/School/Research Institute to support the student, and evidence of previous successful collaboration with non-HEI partners.

Proposals were judged against the following criteria:

  • Fit: are the proposed academic supervisors the right one?  Do they bring the right scholarly skills and experience to the benefit of the student?  
  • Student experience: is the HEI support – including quality assurance mechanisms -- geared to the benefit of the student?  
  • Collaboration: are the proposed academic supervisors experienced in working with non-HEI partners?  Can the HEI context and the academic supervisors evidence experience of knowledge exchange and research impact?
  • Ambition: will the doctoral project make a difference to the Glasgow Life operation -- through the relevance of our expertise and our collections, the development of best practice, contributing to internal capacity building, displaying inter-disciplinarity, creating outcomes scalable to wider user groups?

We anticipate that the studentships will then be further developed in collaboration with the successful academic partner in each case before being advertised to students.  

The successful student will contribute to the final agreed research topic.  At the commencement of study a partnership agreement will be drawn up jointly by the Glasgow Life supervisor and the academic supervisor(s), in line with AHRC guidance.

Further detail on the CDP and CDA schemes is available from the AHRC website​

Email Application form​ by Friday 28th February 2014​​





If you have any queries, contact us at highereducation@glasgowlife.org.uk​


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