Fully Funded PhD – Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship 2016

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Department of English and Creative Writing

Postgraduate research studentships – Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship

The University of Roehampton is pleased to make its annual Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship open to a general call for research topics in the field of children’s literature. This will be awarded to a postgraduate PhD student working in the field of children’s literature or creative writing for children. The Jacqueline Wilson Scholar will be based in the award-winning National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) with access to the Children’s Literature Collection and archives, and will join a lively community of researchers, writers and students. This fully funded scholarship will cover home/EU fees of £4,121 for Home/EU students and maintenance of £16,296 p.a. in 2016/17 for 3 years full-time subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship is open to new students only and preference may be given to proposals that build on the research interests of the NCRCL. These include, but are not limited to: philosophy; theory; historical fiction; landscape; domestic spaces; memory; reading. Applicants are encouraged to identify potential supervisors as part of their application.

The Department of English and Creative Writing with over 600 students and 33 academic staff, has a growing international reputation for its research and teaching excellence. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 80% of all our research publications were ranked as “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for their impact. The successful candidate will become part of an active and growing community of postgraduate scholars in a vibrant research culture, established external collaborations with London institutions and a very good track record of student success.

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The Department is looking for candidates of the highest quality, capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have completed an MA degree in a relevant subject, such as children’s literature, reading or memory, prior to the start of the studentship. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and fluency in spoken and written English that meets the university’s entrance criteria for doctoral study.

The University of Roehampton is set on a beautiful, traditional campus in south-west London. The University provides its students with exceptional facilities, high quality teaching and a close-knit, collegiate experience. It has a diverse student body and a cosmopolitan outlook, with students from over 130 countries.

Deadline for applications: 30th June 2016

Interviews will be held on 7th July 2016

For further information or for informal discussion please contact Professor David Rudd: d.rudd@roehampton.ac.uk

Application packs can be found here: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Courses/Graduate-School/Application-Packs/

To apply, please complete a PhD Application Form and email your application, along with transcripts and letters of reference, to PGresearch@roehampton.ac.uk. Please mention in your covering email that you are applying for the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship.

Please visit http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Courses/Graduate-School to find out more about postgraduate research at Roehampton. For all non-academic queries relating to the studentships, please contact Graduate School Admissions on 020 8392 3715, email PGresearch@roehampton.ac.uk.

Call for Papers: Marvellous Imaginations

***The deadline for proposals extended to Thursday 30th June 2016***

23rd Annual NCRCL MA/IBBY UK Conference 

Saturday 5th November 2016

Froebel College, University of Roehampton

Marvellous Imaginations – Extending thinking through picture book

This year’s conference explores the ways in which picture books contribute to the development of the child (or / and indeed the adult) through critical, imaginative, empathetic, creative or other responses. We will look at the international world of picture books; at trends and developments in publishing; at specific academic research on children’s interaction with picture books; and at some of the wide range of programmes and projects that use picture books as a starting point for their work, including established programmes like the Reader Organisation in Liverpool and new programmes like CLPE’s Power of Pictures and Amnesty’s work with the Greenaway awards. We will hear from eminent illustrators, including Laura Carlin who will be presented with her medal for winning Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, one of the oldest international honours for children’s book illustrators, and about the new Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting newcomer to picture book illustration. The conference will include keynote presentations by well-known illustrators, academics, and key figures in the children’s literature world.

Proposals are welcomed for workshop sessions (20 minutes) on different aspects of picture book production and use, such as, but not only:

  • Cognitive approaches to children’s literature and picture books
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy and theory of mind
  • Exploring values through picture books
  • Growth mind set
  • Innovative/experimental picture books
  • Challenging picture books
  • Illustrators’ experiences
  • How illustration works – the brain – influence of neuroscience
  • Psychological responses
  • Wordless picture books
  • Crossover picture books
  • Creative thinking / creative responses to picture books

We welcome contributions from interested academics, authors, illustrators, publishers etc. in any of these areas.

The deadline for proposals extended to Thursday 30th June 2016. Please email a 200-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper), along with a short biography and affiliation to: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.