We are looking for a recent ECA graduate who is interested in running a series of funded workshops which are focused on how postgraduate students from the School of Design can develop their practices once they have graduated, the project needs to be based on the theme of 'student transitions’ within the context of Design.

The micro residency is intended to support a recent alumnus of the School of Design to pursue a short research project within ECA during academic year and to give some support to our current postgraduates in transitioning out of University. Ideally, we would like to host this residency in February to April 2018, we hold The Festival of Creative Learning from the 19-23 February 2018; which might be an appropriate time slot for a workshop to be held.

Please see the criteria below, if you would like to talk through your proposal and ideas for the residency and workshop please do get in touch. 

Send your 500-word proposal to Dr Jessamy Kelly by 5pm on the 31st of January 2018. If you have any queries you should also contact Jessamy Kelly directly.


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: Improving the Student Experience.


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
  • OR A full* 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 2017/18 academic year, no expenditure can take place after 31st July 2018.

Last year’s residency and workshop was run by PhD graduate Joanna Srokol 2016-2017 & Rocio von Jungenfeld, 2015/2016.