New Generation Thinkers Briefing Session
The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 have just launched their ‘New Generation Thinkers’ scheme for 2016-17.
The scheme offers an opportunity for early career academics (from final year of PhD through to 8 years post-PhD) to gain experience of writing and broadcasting for a wider audience.
You can read more about the scheme and eligibility here:
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering a briefing sessions for anyone at QMUL considering applying for the scheme this year. It will run from 1-3pm on Wednesday 12th October in Arts Two, room 2. 17.
The session will include the opportunity to hear from Jo Cohen and Preti Taneja (who have both been New Generation Thinkers in previous years) about their experiences, and from Natalie Steed, a freelance radio producer who has worked with the BBC producing programmes with New Generation Thinkers. It will also include a workshop for you to pitch your own ideas for possible radio programmes and receive expert feedback.
Please come to the session prepared to give a two-minute presentation. Imagine you are pitching to a BBC Radio 3 commissioner and you've got two minutes to persuade them to make a 45-minute programme about your research. What do you say?
This activity is designed to help you prepare for the NGT application and is based on instructions from their guidance notes (coped below).
Lunch will be provided.
Summary (from AHRC/NGT documents)
Focusing on one aspect of your research, describe how your research could make an engaging and stimulating programme for Radio 3 of up to 45 minutes for an informed, but non-academic audience. Explain what format this programme would take. You can listen to examples of Radio 3 speech programmes and the work of previous New Generation Thinkers using the BBC iplayer.
The only permitted attachment is a Case For Support which should be no more than two sides of A4 font no smaller than Arial 10. It is extremely important that this includes the information described below and using these headings.