Job: Research Fellow in Women and Contemporary UK Film

Research Fellow in Women and Contemporary UK Film

University of Southampton – Film

Location: Southampton

Salary: £28,695 Per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Contract / Temporary

Placed on: 6th May 2015

Closes: 31st May 2015

Job Ref: 561715F4

Avenue Campus

Fixed Term for 3 years

Applications are invited for a full-time 3-year Research Fellowship based in Film and English, funded by the AHRC research project Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary UK Film Culture, 2000-2015. This is a four-year project investigating women working in contemporary UK film. It involves both quantitative and qualitative analysis of women filmmakers, as well as the wider culture of women’s film in the British context. Women have always been a part of the production of cinema in the UK, but statistics on directors and screenwriters from the British Film Institute suggest that in the twenty-first century numbers remain woefully low. This is true despite the fact that, in the contemporary period, British women have produced everything from influential art films to blockbuster hits. This project seeks to understand this disparity between low numbers and exceptional success, and to construct a foundational history of women’s filmmaking in the UK since 2000.

You will be responsible for the quantitative data analysis of the numbers of women working on British films from the years 2000-2015. You will collect the data on the numbers of women as producers, executive-producers, editors and cinematographers for the years 2000-2015 and collect the data on all six roles for 2000-2005. The list of films will be provided by the BFI. In addition, you will identify, in as much as the information is available): each woman’s national identity and race; the genre(s) of each film; the numbers of women in key acting roles; award nominations and wins; and box-office takings (UK, US and international, if available). You will also be the project website manager and coordinator for a planned international conference.

You will be a part of a team working for Dr Shelley Cobb (PI) and Prof Linda Ruth Williams (Co-I), and alongside two PhD students funded by the project.

Please note if you are appointed and you have not yet completed a PhD, you will be given the title of Senior Research Assistant.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact either Dr Shelley Cobb on +44 (0)23 8059 7541| e-mail:, or the Head of Academic Unit, Lucy Mazdon on +44 (0)23 8059 5435|email:

Application Procedure: You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above.

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Maxine Parker (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3784.