Damyan successfully applied for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral studentship and is now a PhD candidate at the University of Stirling, his studies funded by the AHRC and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.
Alongside my PhD at the University of Stirling,I also serve as a teaching assistant on undergraduate journalism courses. Prior to this, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (first class) in Journalism Studies and Politics and then a Master of Research (with distinction) in Media Research.
My PhD thesis will focus on the political and marketing changes in the Scottish press in the post-WWII period based on materials from the Scottish Newspaper Society Archive.
My long-term interest is performance and organisation of the Higher Education sector. I also expect that by completion of my doctoral research, I will have the grounding to become a successful academic who will influence policy-making and cultural exchange in the future.
The AHRC provided the financial help for me to be able to do the research that I wanted with the supervisory team that I chose. The best aspect to the AHRC studentship is that I am not only working with the University of Stirling, but also with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities – a consortium of sixteen Scottish universities which provides support for doctoral students in Arts and Humanities.
The support that I have had from the University has been tremendous. My prospective supervisors from the Division of Communications, Media and Culture guided me throughout the application process. To be considered for the AHRC Studentship, I first had to be nominated by the University for the award and I am entirely grateful to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for putting my name forward.
Our combined effort has made my AHRC Studentship the first in six years to be awarded to a PhD student in Journalism and Publishing Studies in the whole of the UK.
I liked the robust yet flexible undergraduate course. It not only prepared me for research on a postgraduate level, but also gave a lot of knowledge beyond Journalism. I could combine my undergraduate degree with almost any discipline.
The best side of my studying in Stirling has been the contact with the people working in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture. The lecturers are dedicated and were always there for me when I needed help. The support staff members were also outstanding, which was very important for my adjusting to the academic life in the UK coming from Bulgaria.
The environment they managed to create as well as their help and dedication added to my being able to complete both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies with distinction.
Go for it! Anyone considering PhD studies should start working with their Division early, especially if they want to secure funding for their projects.