Opportunities at Liverpool School of Art and Design

Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship Commencing in May 2015

The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is offering one Graduate Teaching Studentship in the Liverpool School of Art & Design.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship (GTA)

This studentship scheme offers a valuable opportunity to study for a PhD while teaching in subjects broadly related to the PhD research. The studentship covers full tuition fees and a bursary of £13,863 for three years, based on successful PhD progression.

As a GTA the student will work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support student learning for up to 180 hours in each academic year. These activities include supporting lectures, leading seminars, providing tutorial support, demonstrating in practical classes, marking student assessments and exam invigilation. GTAs will undertake a programme of teaching and learning skills development during the first year, and will be encouraged to attend a range of researcher development sessions in line with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework throughout their three years of study. The GTA Studentship is being offered from the following areas:

Forensic Art Interactive
Digital Art

(For LSAD research see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/LSA/97662.htm)

To apply you should send the following to Pauline Whitehead (p.whitehead@ljmu.ac.uk) by the deadline of 27 February 2015:

  1.  A covering letter outlining your area of research interest, and any relevant experience in the field. Please explain what makes you suitable for this position.
  2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.


The scheme is available to all students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with Masters level qualifications are welcome. If you require further information please email Prof Julie Sheldon (Associate Dean, Research at j.l.sheldon@ljmu.ac.uk) with the subject heading GTA Scheme.


The successful applicants will be based between LJMU and the relevant partner organisation; the proportion of time spent in either organisation will vary depending on seasonal pressures but will roughly be 50/50. In addition to the duties undertaken at each institution they will facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the other institutions holding cognate posts (Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial and FACT) and with the cultural sector more broadly.


Within LJMU duties comprise research and teaching in relevant subject areas.

Liverpool School of Art and Design forms part of LJMU's Faculty of Arts, Professional Studies and Social Science. The school celebrates a 185-year heritage in art and design education and offers contemporary and innovative approaches to professional research and advanced study.

Art and Design Research Centre

Research in the school is managed under the Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) and exists at the forefront of staff and students’ creative practice. Art and Design has been successfully entered into all RAEs since the inception of the scheme and has consistently achieved HEFCE RAE funding. In the RAE2008 the quality profile of the Art and Design UoA was recognised as 75% internationally excellent/significant and 25% nationally significant. The Research Environment was recognised as 100% internationally excellent/significant and Esteem Indicators were recognised as 100% internationally excellent. Feedback from the panel also noted strong postgraduate research completion rates and funding success.

Developing from the RAE2008, Art and Design research has focused on contemporary issues and ideas in international art practice, curatorial practice and related histories and theories through exhibitions and publications, conferences, events and fellowships. Pedagogic research has also emerged and collaboration with internationally renowned researchers is a continuing theme identified in the work of several staff. These significant developments have led to international partnerships, innovative creative practice and substantive historical and theoretical work which support a well-defined strategy for Art and Design research.

Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Partnership with Tate Liverpool


At Tate Liverpool duties will comprise development of research activity relevant to Tate Liverpool Research Centre and Tate Research more broadly

Tate Research

Tate is a leading centre for research in the visual arts and in the field of collection care. Research is central to many of Tate's programmes. It underpins the acquisition of works of art, their treatment and conservation, the writing of interpretative texts and scholarly publications, and the creation of displays and exhibitions. Research also plays a key role in developing museum policies, understanding Tate's audiences and planning new services.

Tate's research programme aims to support these varied activities by encouraging innovative projects and in sharing research findings through seminars, conferences and publications (both traditional and online).

The Research Department hosts a number of scholars and graduate students, and works collaboratively with a wide range of academic institutions and museums. Tate's Research Centres focus on areas of particular interest to Tate, bringing together researchers and scholars from different fields. Tate Papers, an online journal, publishes scholarly articles about Tate's collection and programmes.

Tate Research Centres

Tate's research remit is broad and encompasses not only art history but also visual culture, technical art history and conservation science, cultural theory and policy, education and museum studies.

Individual projects are initiated in all these subject areas at Tate. In addition, however, the museum aims to stimulate research and fresh thought in wide-ranging or new subject areas, bringing together staff and scholars from different disciplines and collaborating with a number of partner organisations.

Tate has therefore set up several Research Centres to focus attention and energy on areas of particular interest to the museum, or where the museum is uniquely placed to contribute to debates within research communities.

Within Tate, the appointee will work specifically with the Research Centre: Rethinking Modernisms, which is based at Tate Liverpool.  Research outputs will benefit curatorial and learning practice and programmes and contribute to new thinking and new ways of working in a range contexts,  from academic knowledge exchange to public and community learning programmes.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates wishing to pursue research relevant to this centre in the fields of art history, visual culture and cultural theory.

The appointee will be allocated other academic duties, commensurate with the grade, as deemed necessary by the Director of the School of Art and Design and in consultation with the Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool.


Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Partnership with FACT

At FACT duties will comprise development of research activity relevant to to core foundational principles of the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology.


FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. Since the organisation was founded in 1988, it has commissioned and presented over 250 new media and digital artworks from artists including Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Isaac Julien.

Research at FACT takes place in collaboration with partners across the creative industries, health, higher education and arts sectors to develop innovative projects that enhance our understanding of the reach and impact of new media and digital technology.

FACT hosts a number of doctoral students engaged in research at and about FACT. As part of the collaborative element of their doctorates, the students work at FACT in a variety of ways, gaining professional experience and contributing their ideas and knowledge to FACT's programmes and projects.

Projects include an examination of the transformation of contemporary art practices and the role of new media art in a wider socio-cultural context as well as Artsense, an examination of how our reactions to art can be affected by the exploitation of media devices; Artplayer, an online media platform and Open CuRate It, a programme of events, workshops, classes, seminars and a discussion forum designed to engage with new forms of media curation and meaning making.

In 2011 FACT and LJMU co-hosted ReWire, the fourth international Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, which drew upon parallel perspectives of technological and scientific development from arts and cultural theory.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals interested to explore and exploit the on-going and developing impact of digital technology on art, design, culture and the creative industries. This may include the exploration of such themes as archives, digital and online work, curating, digital mobile media and public realm.
The appointee will be allocated other academic duties, commensurate with the grade, as deemed necessary by the Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design and in consultation with the Director of FACT.


Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Partnership with Liverpool Biennial

At Liverpool Biennial you will develop research activity relevant to Liverpool Biennial, including the exploration of urbanism and the value of art and culture in post-industrial cities as a strand of commissioning and knowledge production within the Biennial. You will work with the Artistic Director of Liverpool Biennial to develop a public platform for the presentation of artists’ and curatorial research to ensure that the research informing the Biennial and generated through its programme is world class and underpins the thinking and development of the Liverpool Biennial.

Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s International Biennial of Contemporary Art and is the largest contemporary art festival in the UK. It is an exploration of urbanism and the potential and value of art and culture in post-industrial cities in the 21st Century.

For ten weeks every two years the city of Liverpool is host to an extraordinary range of projects and artworks and a dynamic programme of events. Artists make and present work in a range of public spaces including galleries, museums, and cultural spaces as well as in unexpected places such as empty or disused buildings.

The Biennial unfolds through an exhibition of artworks and projects that leads to a rediscovery and reinvention of this important post-industrial city.

Liverpool Biennial commissions leading and emerging international artists to make and present new artwork and projects, as well as re-presenting existing work. International curators are invited to develop a world-class programme of contemporary art. The Biennial commissions permanent and temporary public artworks as well as long-term community-based projects. There is an integrated on-going research and time-based programme of talks and events that create a dynamic year-round programme. The cultural organisations based in Liverpool work together in partnership to create an unparalleled and rich context for the creation and presentation of international contemporary art and culture.

  • Since its launch in 1999, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 200 new artworks
  • Liverpool Biennial attracts over 600,000 visitors over 10 weeks
  • In 2012 visitors to the Biennial spent £27millon
  • 900 artists participate in each festival and its fringe

Since 2012 Sally Tallant has been the Artistic Director and CEO of the Biennial. The Liverpool Biennial was originally conceived and founded in 1998 by James Moores (with Jane Rankin Read, Lewis Biggs and Bryan Biggs) and presented the first Liverpool Biennial in 1999.

The 7th edition ran from 15 September until 25 November 2012.


How to Apply

We welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals wishing to engage in research contributing to the aims of LJMU and the partner organisation relevant to your application.

The appointees will be allocated other academic duties, commensurate with the grade, as deemed necessary by the Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design and in consultation with the partner organisation relevant to your application.

To find out more about these post and to see the Vice Chancellor talk about what we are looking for go to


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For further information and to apply online please visit our website: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/working-at-ljmu/

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