Funding and partnership structure
My PhD research is funded for three years from September 2011 until September 2014 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is funded through a particular stream called a Collaborative Doctoral Award. The AHRC website summarises the scheme as follows: "Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses. These awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The support provided by both an academic and non-academic supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award. The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society" (http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Collaborative-Doctoral-Awards.aspx)
The Department of Information Studies at UCL is the Higher Educations Institution (HEI) in which my PhD research is based. I have two academic supervisors within the Department: Dr Andrew Flinn and Dr Jenny Bunn.
Dr Andrew Flinn was responsible for coordinating the successful funding proposal to the AHRC, stemming from my interest in wanting to explore new ways of archiving, the initial bid was structured around an exploration of participatory and life history approaches to archives.
The Wellcome Library is the "non-academic" organisation involved in supporting, hosting and developing my research. I am also supervised by Dr Jenny Haynes (Head of Archives and Manuscripts, Wellcome Library).