PhD opportunity at Glasgow Caledonian University Investigating the Blythe Duff Archive

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PhD opportunity at Glasgow Caledonian University Investigating the Blythe Duff Archive

The Department of Media and Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University

(GCU) is looking for a PhD candidate to undertake original research

within the Blythe Duff Archive - the script and memorabilia archive of

actress Blythe Duff who is most famous for her role as DS Jackie Reid in

the long-running STV detective series Taggart between 1990 - 2010. This

extensive archive was kindly donated by Ms. Duff to GCU in 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to do original,

ground-breaking research work within a hitherto uninvestigated Scottish

creative practitioner archive. Possible themes for investigation include

the contribution of the Duff archive to our understanding of the history

of TV drama production and scriptwriting in Scotland; the crime and

tartan noir genres; the wider history of Scottish television and theatre

acting during the period, especially from the perspective of a female

actress breaking into a male-dominated industry; television and theatre


This is a funded studentship and as a PhD candidate you will be part of

a vibrant team within the Media and Culture Research Group, a growing

research community with interests across media and journalism. Our

research profile can be viewed at:

Archival research training and experience of archival research

essential. Experience of interviewing and of undertaking and collating

oral histories also desirable.

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme

with expected start date of 02 October 2023.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the

project before applying.

Supervisory Team

Director of Studies: Prof John Cook


GCU Research Online URL:

2nd Supervisor: Prof Catriona Miller


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3rd Supervisor: Dr Kate Ngai


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