PhD Studentship in Partnership with the BBC

University of Nottingham - Computer Science

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute - Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training in My Life in Data

PhD Studentship in partnership with the BBC

Our digital identities will define the interfaces to the future services that we will use for entertainment, wellbeing, government, transport, energy, retail and finance. They will be constructed from our location history, our personal data, and digital records that capture who, and where, we are and the histories of our digital, and increasingly our physical and social, interactions.

The Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training in My Life in Data will therefore train a community of PhD students with the transdisciplinary skills to address the challenge of digital identity and personal data for the 21st century.

We are recruiting one PhD student to carry out research in partnership with the BBC with a focus on interactive and responsive broadcasting

The broadcasting industry faces many technical, cultural and social challenges as the impact of online platforms changes the ways in which audiences interact with media. As a public service broadcaster the BBC is exploring opportunities for new engagements with audiences to deliver our public purposes to inform, educate and entertain. BBC R&D is exploring the convergence of real-time rendering technology developed by the game industry and interactive and responsive broadcasting. One of our recent experiments was a to build an interactive VR model of the Queen Victoria pub from EastEnders to enable us to think about how and what interactions based on real-time rendering might scale to TV audiences.  How will multiple formats and interaction modes scale and how will they contribute to our public purposes? Will the next ‘National Quiz’ be hosted in the Queen Vic and be delivered in multiple formats over a future iPlayer? BBC R&D hosts a number of PhD students from universities around the UK at our North Lab at MediaCityUK. 

Preferred candidates are expected to have a background in computer science and game engine.

The student will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four-year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • At least one internship with our partner.
  • An enhanced stipend of £16,800 per annum as well as a personal laptop.

We have funding for UK/Home and EU and international students.

Places are also available for those in receipt of four year independent funding/scholarships. Application forms are downloadable from and should be returned by email with a detailed CV, transcript, references and a statement of research interests (personal statement) to

Please quote ref SCI1754

Shortlisting date: 15 January 2018

Interview date: 22 January 2018

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