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Paid undergraduate research placement

HepworthThe School of Music is offering a paid opportunity for an undergraduate student to enhance their research skills by working with the Jan Fairley Archive.

Prominent Scottish ethnomusicologist and journalist Jan Fairley passed away in June 2012. In the weeks leading up to her death, Dr Fairley bequeathed part of her extensive archive to the School of Music, including 5,000 CDs and DVDs, music magazines, cassette recordings, and notes relating to her many field trips and radio documentaries.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Sarah Hill and Dr Amanda Villepastour to help organise the materials within the collection. This will involve the use of online and hard copy materials to identify the language, genre and country of recordings, listening to radio documentaries and matching paperwork to recordings, and documenting the holdings.

This placement will allow you to substantially expand your knowledge of diverse world music, the workings of radio documentary production and presentation, music journalism, cataloguing systems, research methods, and organizational procedures.

Project start date: 15th July 2013                                               
Project end date: 6th September 2013
Payment: £170 per week (full-time)

This placement is funded by the Cardiff University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP). As such, the successful candidate will be required to produce a poster to present at a CUROP exhibition in Autumn 2013 and to complete a short online survey at the end of the placement. More information on the programme is available from

Application process
If you are interested in applying for this placement, please write a paragraph explaining why you feel you are suited to the role. This will need to be sent to Dr Villepastour ( and Dr Hill ( by 31 May 2013.

Selection process
The successful candidate will have:

Suitable applicants will be interviewed by Drs Hill and Villepastour.