3D3 National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) Studentships
Design Futures: Digital Innovation for the Creative Industries

The 3D3 consortium is pleased to offer an opportunity for two NPIF studentships as part of its research and skills training in new and emerging digital technologies in the creative industries. The studentships are supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s National Productivity Investment Funding stream, which is aimed at training excellent researchers in interdisciplinary methodologies for digital innovation in ways that will enable them to meet the creative and design challenges of the future.
The focus of the research studentships is on novel applications of digital technologies in creative contexts and the attendant implications for audiences, end users, and participant groups.  All projects will align with the UK’s industrial strategy and sector deal with the creative industries, as NPIF funding is designed to develop a larger and more diverse intake of talent for the creative industries of the future.  These studentships will foster innovative approaches to practice-based research in digital art, media and design as part of that strategy.
The studentships are due to commence in January 2019 and either full time (three years) or part time (five years) routes are possible. If appointed under this call, students will be formally registered at either Plymouth University or the University of the West of England.  They will be attached to one of their Research Centres, which all provide thriving intellectual communities of researchers.  Relevant themes and Centres for Plymouth University are outlined here and those for UWE  here.  Please indicate in your application which theme your project relates to and which University and Research Centre you are applying to join.
In addition, the project will be conducted with the support of a non-academic partner nominated by the relevant Research Centre and agreed as part of the appointment process.  You are invited to discuss your application, and a potential partner if you wish, with the Director of the Research Centre with which your project would be affiliated.
In addition to the range of research areas we support, we encourage applications for a PhD project on The Development of Data-Driven Design for Wheelchair Seats, based in the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England, in collaboration with Bristol-based wheelchair manufacturer Motivation, a UK charity with over 25 years’ experience in providing wheelchairs to developing countries.  Please follow the link below for further details.
The Development of Data-Driven Design for Wheelchair Seats
We expect research students to take a full and active role in the 3D3 doctoral consortium including taking part in regular seminars, workshops, research training events and peer-led initiatives.
For general information on how to apply for a PhD, with links to relevant downloads, please visit our page on: Applying for a PhD Studentship
Key Dates:
Application Deadline: 4 November 2018.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 30 November 2018 at University of the West of England.