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Robinson Bequest Bursaries

Robinson Bequest Bursaries

Now open! Our annual Robinson Bequest Bursaries for postgraduates working with Special Collections to support research and engagement.

The Library has two bursaries available, aimed at Masters and Doctoral students studying at Newcastle University who are interested in gaining experience of working with the Library’s Academic Skills Team.  They are additional to any government or university funding that students may receive.  The number of bursaries available is agreed each year between the University Library and the Development Trust which administers the generous bequest left to the Library by Philip and Marjorie Robinson.

About the awards

  • Each bursary is worth £3,000, paid in instalments.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Philip Robinson Library for an interview.
  • Successful candidates will gain work experience with the Academic Skills Team for 100 hours spread over an agreed number of weeks.
  • These awards enable students to complement their studies, further develop their own graduate skills, and enhance their employability whilst gaining an insight into the work of the Academic Skills Team.

About the team

The Academic Skills Team supports the development of the academic skills students require throughout their courses.  As well as academic skills such as critical analysis and developing academic literacies, the Team also supports students with the development of skills required for the digital creation of resources.  Our aim is to develop and deliver interactive student-centred resources that are easily accessible through a wide range of media.

Bursary 1

Working collaboratively with the team and one other bursary student, we are looking for someone to seek feedback from students on the existing Academic Skills Kit (ASK) resources, and then to help us create a number (to be agreed) of relevant, inclusive, interactive multimedia resources focussing on academic skills, working closely with the team to achieve this.

This project will include:

  • Completing an audit of current resources on the Academic Skills Kit (ASK) and taking into account feedback from students, identifying suitable topics for the additional resources
  • Based on student feedback, supporting the Academic Skills Team in mapping out the format of the resources to ensure they are engaging, accessible and interactive.
  • Helping to script the resources, embedding the student voice
  • Supporting the creation of the multimedia resources.

Bursary 2 

Working collaboratively with the team and one other bursary student, we are looking for someone to seek feedback from students on current resources, and to help us develop a series of student facing podcasts focusing on sharing tips and advice on various academic skills required at university.

This project will include:

  • Taking into account feedback from students, in order to establish the podcast content and form, ensuring that student voices are embedded throughout
  • Supporting the Academic Skills Team in the creation of the podcasts including scripting, collating and editing the podcast as well as arranging and conducting interviews.
  • Supporting the Academic Skills Team to promote the podcast across the university


  • You must be a Masters or Doctoral student and be a registered student at Newcastle University.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a link between your studies and the work of the Academic Skills team.
  • You must be able to commit to spend up to 100 hours working with the team in the University Library during the academic year.
  • You must be available on a regular basis throughout the year (hours will be agreed with successful applicants). There is a degree of flexibility, but the expectation will be that agreed hours are honoured.

How to apply

You should send your application to Sara Bellwood in the Philip Robinson Library (email: Please ensure that you include:

  • A personal statement of up to 500 words detailing how the Library would benefit from your skills and experience and how you think you would benefit from work experience in the Library. The statement should indicate a clear link between your studies or research and the work of the Academic Skills team.
  • A full curriculum vitae (including your University email address).
  • The names and contact details of two referees (at least one of these should be an academic referee).
  • It would be helpful if candidates could indicate in their covering letter which of the two projects is of most interest to them.

The closing date for applications is Friday 8 April 2022 at midnight.