The School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is looking for an alumni student to run a series of funded workshops as part of a micro-residency. The focus of the workshops will be how postgraduate students can develop their practices once they have graduated, based on the theme of “student transitions”.

The selected candidate will be paid a taxable honorarium of £1,000, with up to £1,000 being available for reasonable associated expenses. The micro-residency is intended to support a recent alumnus of the School of Design to pursue a short research project during an academic year, and to give support to our current postgraduates in transitioning out of university.

The ideal timing of this residency is February-April 2017. It is envisaged that a workshop be held during The Festival of Creative Learning (20-24 February 2017).

Full criteria can be found below. If you would like to talk through your proposal and ideas for the residency and workshop please contact Jessamy Kelly, Lecturer in Glass and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Design.

Please send your 500 word proposals to Jessamy Kelly by Tuesday 31st January 2017:


Recruitment Criteria:

Applicants are expected to provide an inspiring example to our current PG students regarding how our alumni transition from postgraduate studies into one or more of the professional domains of your subject area.

In addition to making a valuable contribution to your School’s postgraduate culture, the micro-residency will support the current QAA Scotland Theme: Student Transitions.


  • The micro-residency will be offered to a postgraduate alumnus of School of Design (both former Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research students).
  • The graduate must already be eligible to work in the United Kingdom:

In order to undertake paid employment at the University of Edinburgh, it is a statutory requirement that you can provide valid proof of your right to work in this country:

UK citizen:

- A valid or recently expired passport

- ORfull* birth certificate and an official document with your National insurance number on it 

(*The smaller birth certificate is not a document we are permitted to accept to allow work within the University of Edinburgh)

EU, EEA or Swiss citizen (Excluding Croatia):

- A valid passport

- OR A valid National Identity card

Citizen of a country outside the EU:

- A valid passport and a valid Biometric Residence Permit card (Biometric residence permits in expired passports are not acceptable)

- OR A valid passport, which contains a valid visa

In all cases, if you are in any doubt, please contact us before you apply and we will do what we can to inform you. If you arrive, but cannot prove your right to work in the UK, you will not be allowed to work and no payment can be made

  • The alumnus can be self-employed or an employee of an organisation.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The residency must be complete before the final day of the ECA Edinburgh Art Festival Show in August.
  • The alumnus must be present in Edinburgh for at least one week of the micro-residency.
  • The alumnus can be hosted in ECA or by one of our non-academic partners.
  • The alumnus will run an event or workshop with current Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research students during their period of residency. This must take place over at least one day and must be advertised to all ECA Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research students.


  • The alumnus will be paid a taxable honorarium of £1,000.
  • Each School within ECA will have up to £1,000 to support their alumnus' reasonable associated expenses. This can be spent on travel, accommodation, sustenance, research expenses, materials, equipment, workshop or rental costs relating directly to the micro-residency.
  • All funding is tied to the 2016/17 academic year, no expenditure can take place after 31st July 2017.