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.
UK/EU and International full or part-time postgraduate students registered to study in paid-up SCUDD member departments are eligible to apply for the awards. Only students giving papers (or equivalents) at conferences are eligible to apply for the awards (evidence must be provided, and a contact address of conference/panel organiser given).
Students in departments/units that have not paid their fees to the organisation by the due date within the academic year will not be eligible to apply for the awards.
There will be no limit to the number of students who can apply for funding from any one SCUDD unit in any one academic year. Awards will normally not be awarded to students who have received an award in the previous academic year. Contracted members of staff also registered as postgraduate students will not be eligible for the awards.
Funding is available up to the amount of £220 (£330 for international events) per application. Funding will only be available to cover travel at second class rail fare, air fare, coach fare, for accommodation and for registration and will only be made available upon presentation of appropriate receipts.
Successful applicants must also gain a letter from the conference organiser (or request that they email [email protected]) to confirm that you gave your paper/presentation.
Funds will only be made available in GBP. Funds will be released upon receipt of confirmation from the conference organiser and appropriate receipts. Funds will only be paid in GBP sterling and by cheque.
Application is an online process. Please follow the instructions here. You will be asked to upload a copy of your conference paper proposal, fill in a form and submit. We will then contact your named supervisor or head of department to complete an online reference in support of your application. You must therefore ensure that you give your supervisor enough time to complete this before the appropriate deadline (see below): Awards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications (including the supervisor’s reference) must be submitted no later than three weeks before the start date of the conference/symposium.
All applicants will receive a response before the conference begins. Funds will be sent after the event, on the production of appropriate receipts.
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 protected].
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.