THE GLYNNE WICKHAM SCHOLARSHIP
SCUDD are delighted to be able to offer £3500 worth of awards in each academic year to postgraduate students in SCUDD departments/units to facilitate giving papers or equivalent presentations at conferences or symposia. The scholarship was instigated as part of the celebrations of SCUDD’s 30th anniversary, and appropriately named after the late Professor Glynne Wickham (see biography below), one of the founders of the academic discipline of Theatre Studies.
UPDATE: Due to the cancellation of most in-person conferences and symposia globally in 2020, The Glynne Wickham scholarship is now available to assist postgraduate students with up to £200 for costs relating to digital/online research. This could include costs relating to existing or upgraded internet contracts, service subscriptions, software packages, or towards the costs of new hardware (such as tablets, laptops or video cameras). These costs do not have to relate to a particular event, but should facilitate your ongoing ability to participate in various research opportunities online.
We welcome applications from those registered for PG studies from SCUDD member departments.
· Staff registered for MPhil/PhDs and MA by Research are supported (unless in a FT salaried position).
· PhD candidates are eligible until graduation
· We encourage candidates who submitted for the March 2020 round to apply for this scheme (if needed), as no awards were made during this round.
All applications must be accompanied by:
· Supervisor statement of support (this will be sought automatically when you submit the form, and submitted directly by your supervisor. You need only supply their email address on the form).
· A proposal for how the money will be used, including quotations for costs (50-100 words).
· A rationale for why it is essential for your research (50-100 words).
Ineligible: Candidates cannot be supported twice in a period of 18 months, due to our aim to offer broad support for the PG community.
That means no application will be considered that falls within 18 months of the date of any previous applications for which you were first successful.
Funding is available up to the amount of £200 per application. Funding will only be available upon presentation of appropriate receipts (including screenshots or copies of online receipts).
Funds will only be made available in GBP. Funds will be released upon receipt appropriate receipts. Funds will only be paid in GBP sterling and by cheque.
Please complete the details on the following pages. Your application is in three stages:
1. Upload one document containing your proposal (50-100 words) and rationale (50-100 words) to this page and click Upload.
2. When you receive the upload confirmation message, follow the link to the next page to fill in the form. Once complete, click Submit. Note: if you receive an error message and the form does not appear, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Once we have received your complete application, we will then contact your supervisor or head of department, who will then complete the process by supplying us with a reference.
Please inform your supervisor that you are applying for this scholarship and send them a copy of your proposal and rationale, so that s/he is able to complete the reference.
If you do not supply us with an ac.uk email address for yourself, your application will NOT be processed.
UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENT
Please upload your document (containing your proposal and rationale) using the form below. Your document should be in Word, Pages or PDF format and no larger than 500KB.
Once the abstract is successfully uploaded to our server (which should take only a few seconds), you will receive a confirmation message below that will contain a link to the rest of the application.
There are three deadlines across the year: please ensure that you submit in advance of this deadline, and notify supervisors in advance too, so that their support can reach us for the following dates:
- November 1st
- March 1st
- June 1st
Final submission dates of receipts within 1 month of the event
Processing of Applications
Staff and student members of the SCUDD postgraduate sub-committee will consider each application. Recommendations will be made and acted upon by the treasurer.
If you have any enquiries, please email email@example.com.
Procedure for payments
Applicants should forward claims using the GWS claim form with full details of expenditure to the SCUDD treasurer within 1 month of the expenditure
- Members typically serve for 3 years.
- Subcommittee members are able to serve for two terms of 3 years.
- There needs to be a minimum of three responses per application.
- Subcommittee members comment on suitability for award (not on academic merit in areas they have marginal expertise). Acceptance at conference is merit in that area.
- Comments relate to the stage the student is at, the research potential and the fit with the conference.
- We support the wide range of research across drama, dance and performance.
- We aim to support from a range of institutions.
Current members as of July 2017:
Chair: AM Walsh (till Nov 2018)
Amy Skinner (from SCUDD committee)
Tanya Dean (Ulster)
Tom Cornford (CSSD)
Kate Newey (Exeter)
Swati Arora (Exeter)
Cami Rowe (Goldsmiths)
Claire Hampton (Wolverhampton)
Jivitesh Vashisht (Leeds, English)
Linford Butler (Manchester)
Sarah Little (Leeds/ PCI)
Glynne Wickham (1922 - 2004)
Glynne Wickham, Professor Emeritus of drama at the University of Bristol, died aged 81 in February 2004. A blue plaque in the foyer of the Bristol drama department’s theatre, renamed the Glynne Wickham Studio Theatre in his honour, offers a tribute to “Glynne Wickham, who inspired the study of drama in British universities”.
Glynne Wickham is remembered for having virtually single-handedly created the academic discipline of drama. He was appointed in 1948 to the department of drama at Bristol – the first in the UK – and in 1951 he convened a symposium on “the responsibility of universities to the theatre” to endorse the policy of studying drama in the context of theatre. A 1954 symposium on “the relationship between universities and radio, film, and television” looked ahead to developments in media studies. He laid the foundations for the university’s theatre collection in 1951 (now holding museum status and an internationally significant archive). In 1955, he was made head of department and in 1960 he became the UK’s first chair of drama.
Glynne helped to set up a playwriting fellowship in the drama department at Bristol and John Arden was among the young playwrights attracted to this post. Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, had its world premiere in the department’s studio in 1957. Glynne was also responsible for the department publishing New Theatre Magazine (1959-73) and served as president of the ‘Society for Theatre Research’ from 1976 to 1999. In 1970, Sam Wanamaker sought his advice on the setting up of a Globe theatre in London.
Glynne published extensively: Shakespeare’s Dramatic Heritage (1969), The Medieval Theatre (1974), English Moral Interludes (1975), A History of the Theatre (1985), and, most recently, English Professional Theatre, 1530-1660 (2001), a documentary history (of which he was editor and co-author)
As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, SCUDD established its postgraduate scholarship. In tribute to the legacy and achievement of Glynne Wickham, this has been named the Glynne Wickham Scholarship. It is wholely appropriate that Glynne’s name continues in this way to promote research within the discipline.