Placements with non-HEI partners Case Studies


Katie Arthur (KCL)

Placement organisation: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Katie Arthur, LAHP-funded KCL student, undertook a placement at Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group within the journal editorial department, while also collaborating with marketing and production as well as the books division.

The placement gave Katie a comprehensive insight into the processes of academic journal and book publishing. It allowed her to get a sound understanding of the types of roles available across the industry and the transferable skills necessary to apply to them. The insight into academic publishing allowed her to be better prepared to engage from the academic side, understanding the importance of timely and reliable delivery as well as what commissioning editors are looking for in book proposals. Katie was able to develop a number of key skills during her placement including: database management, research to briefs and research presentation, stakeholder and project management. The placement was a particularly enjoyable, engaging and rewarding opportunity. Routledge had put significant work into making it a mutually beneficial experience and this has cemented the partnership between LAHP and Routledge who will continue working together on future collaborations to support students and early career researchers. This has been an invaluable opportunity to learn about the industry, informing her interactions with academic journals and publishers in the future, giving her the confidence to know the resources available and how to approach academic publishing from both sides. 

Katie’s placement provided a number of successful outcomes including a blog for the Routledge website, research into the competitor online marketing, funding streams in the arts, practitioner research opportunities and management of the subscription database.



Stephen Hills (UCL)

Placement organisation: Derek Jarman Lab

Stephen Hills, LAHP-funded UCL student, undertook a six-month placement with filmmakers at the Derek Jarman Lab to produce a short documentary on his research and learn the technical skills required for filming and editing. As well as working on this project, Stephen accompanied the filmmakers on their own projects, assisting with both camera and sound production. He also researched his film in their offices, forming professional links with members of their team.

The training he received has enabled him to get an insight into videography work (through the Lab). Working with a number of academics and filmmakers throughout the placement allowed him to develop professional connections in the industry. Although the documentary is not yet complete, as its post-production has unfortunately been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Stephen hopes to be able to screen and stream it once access to the editing software resumes.

The placement has been a fantastic opportunity for Stephen, introducing him to the world of filmmaking to which he would not otherwise have had access. The Director of the Jarman Lab, Dr Bartek Dziadosz, was extremely passionate and knowledgeable, and provided Stephen with a wealth of practical instruction, theoretical insights and a passion for cinema.

The placement also helped Stephen with his PhD research which focuses on the popular and intellectual responses to Ivan Pavlov’s classical conditioning in Britain. The research that he conducted for the documentary has formed an important part of his thesis and allowed him to look at his argument from a different perspective. For example, Stephen interviewed several neuroscientists for the documentary, which allowed him to expand the reach of his project by discussing it with academics from outside his immediate field.



Arendse Lund (UCL)

Placement organisation: Lambeth Palace Library

Arendse Lund, UCL LAHP-funded student, undertook a six-month placement at Lambeth Palace Library where she examined the medieval legal manuscripts held in their archives and curated an exhibition, titled ‘Writing the Law: Lambeth’s Legal Manuscript Collection.’ She also wrote blog posts which were featured on Lambeth Palace Library’s website as well as the London Student and UCL websites.

With the support of Giles Mandelbrote and Rachel Cosgrave, Arendse researched, designed, and carried out the exhibition, which  launched in May 2019 and was attended by thousands of people . Giles and Rachel were extremely supportive towards Arendse during her placement, always ready to discuss exhibition logistics and propose complementary events. One of the key aspects of the placement was being treated as fully integrated in the Library’s team: Arendse was given space to work and was warmly welcomed by the staff.

Access to Lambeth Palace Library’s manuscripts and resources was of immeasurable value to Arendse. The placement has provided her with key insights into the curatorial skills needed to work in the museum, library and archives sectors which will be extremely helpful to her career — skills that she would have been hard pressed to obtain anywhere else. In Arendse’s words the placement ‘was a huge opportunity for me and perhaps the most valuable part of my entire PhD experience.’