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Arts & Culture

GTA Enhancing Education Fund

Students

BACKGROUND & PROCESS

The first of its kind for the College, the GTA Enhancing Education Fund provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate researchers (PGR), who have experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London, to lead the design of a course or skill-specific engagement activity for students, in collaboration with module convenors.

Launched in March 2021 the funding call saw overwhelming support from the PGR community at King’s. The funding call closed on the 25th of April, 2021, with a total of fifteen applications received from across Arts & Humanities faculties. The applications were assessed during the week of the 26th of April 2021, by a panel comprised of Dr. Mary Seabrook (Head of GTA Development/STF), Dr. Aleksandra Kubica (Research Officer for The Bridge Group), and Karina Au (CMCI BA student).

THE AWARDS

Seven awards were made to scholars from across the Faculty who aim to enhance student’s engagement with course content:

Writing London through the Queer Archive, in partnership with Islington Local History Centre

Katie Arthur is developing an interactive archival workshop based on the life and work of the outrageous and highly influential playwright Joe Orton (1933-67), through holdings at Islington Local History Centre’s Special Collections. The workshop will be offered to first-year English Literature undergraduate students and will complement a core module on literature in the capital, Writing London. This practical workshop will introduce students to literary London using hands-on methods and build on the focus in Writing London on the ways that politics, class, gender, and sexuality affect our experience of the city.

Postcolonial Film Club

Claire Crawford’s project sees the establishment of a fortnightly film club, consisting of a 3-hour film showing and discussion group, for undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, through the Autumn term of 2021. The film club will run alongside the Postcolonial Theory module in the Department of Political Economy. The project hopes to attract first-year BA Liberal Arts students who have chosen the World History and Introduction to Politics modules, to engage these students in post- and anti-colonial topics before they make their second-and third-year choices.

Renaissance Hands: Palaeography Skills Workshop

Julian Neuhauser will be organising two ‘transcribathons’ (skills workshops) which aim to give undergraduates in the English Department the opportunity to acquire and build skills in early modern English palaeography, or the study of 16th and 17th-century handwriting. A confident grasp of palaeographical skills is an indispensable tool for students of early modern literature because it makes available a whole world of literature that was only ever published and circulated in manuscript form.

Undergraduate Reading Group

Adam Bull is organising a series of reading group seminars in the Department of Digital Humanities, which will be designed to introduce undergraduates to material outside of their usual departmental curricula, whilst also encouraging active participation after over a year of Covid-19 restrictions. This collaborative project organised by Adam, but with support from other GTA and PhD students, will see a diverse range of readings selected based on session leaders’ interests and expertise.

Bridging the Gap between School and University

A collaborative project involving Kristina Arakelyan, Rhys Sparey and Susannah Knights which seeks to design a supportive resource to guide 1st and 2nd-year undergraduates through essay writing in Music and prepare students taking Music Theory I module who need help with prerequisites for the course.

The ‘Decolonised’ Digital Journal 

Sandip Kana’s project responds to the numerous efforts, both within Britain and on a global scale, to recover the voices and experiences of indigenous actors and communities that are often overlooked and marginalised in the writing of history. This project aims to equip students on the module to better engage with these perspectives. This project will see the creation of a digital journal and a short lecture, guiding students on the use of the resource. It will facilitate student access to a much wider range of perspectives and primary sources than those principally drawn from British archives assigned for that part of this module assessed via examination.

Interactive Discourse Analysis Workshops

Taylor Annabell and Lauren Cantillon will build on a series of interactive discourse analysis workshops initially designed and delivered as part of the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP). The purpose of the project is to provide a training opportunity in discourse analysis for CMCI MA students interested in the role of discourse(s) in language, media and culture.

Project status: Ongoing

Principal investigators

Kirsty Pic

Kirsty Warner

Research Assistant for 'Sustainable Cultural Futures: COVID-19 and Resetting Cultural Policy’

Funding

  • Funding body: King's College London and Affiliates
  • Amount: £5,000
  • Period: May 2021 - July 2021

Contact

Arts & Humanities Research Institute

King's College London

Strand Campus

London

WC2R 2LS