PhD project

Creating Futures (Project 1) – Exploring primary teachers’ understanding of the creative industries and how this informs their practice

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Application deadline

30 June 2024

Principal Supervisor

Dr Anna Robb

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The role of the creative industries in future economies is ever-increasing and there is growing interest in how children and young people access and develop careers in this field. Key to this is the support that children and young people receive during their time at school. This research project specifically seeks to explore primary teachers’ experiences and understanding of the creative industries and how this informs their practice. It will also explore the experiences of second-career teachers (SCTs) who have prior experience in the creative industries and the impact this has on practice and the school community.

This is an under-researched area and there are therefore a variety of ways that the topic could be approached. We are keen to hear from people with an interest in qualitative and participatory approaches and the bricolage, as well as those with an interest in creative methodologies and methods.

We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates who are prepared to take a leading role in the project. We envisage students having a background in Education or a relevant subject (e.g. arts education, the arts, humanities, business and management). The specialisation in the research degree would be in Education, and the project would be suitable for a PhD or a Professional Doctorate (DEd) degree.

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Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.

How to apply

  1. Email Dr Anna Robb to
    • Send a copy of your CV
    • Discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Dr Robb, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. Further information and application instructions can be found at the relevant link below:
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