Good Luck Laura and New CelebYouth Research Post

Written by Heather. Posted in News

At the end of February, our researcher Laura Harvey leaves her research post on the CelebYouth project to take up a permanent lectureship in sociology of media at Surrey University. Kim and I are really sorry to see her go but also feel very lucky to have worked closely with her over the last 16 and a half months. At an individual and project level, we have benefited enormously from her contributions. Happily Laura will continue to be involved in the project.

While she is irreplaceable, we are going to do our best and are advertising for a three month full-time researcher position from mid April to mid July to work with us. This person will have a focus on analysing the celebrity case study data but will also be involved in a wide range of other aspects of the work. If you’d like to apply or know anyone who might be interested in the job, the details are available through Brunel web recruitment: If you select School of Sport and Education under ‘category’ when you search, it should come up. It will be advertised on from tomorrow. This post may suit someone with a background in education, media studies, cultural studies or sociology. The deadline for applications is in a couple of weeks on 12th February. Do contact me at if you have any questions.

Kim and I would like to use this opportunity to officially wish Laura all the best for her next job. We’ll miss her enthusiasm, criticality and intelligence – as will all those who share an office with her at Brunel (Anne Chappell, Cathy Gower, Marlene Ellis, Sarmin Hossain, Liz Harris and Heather).

We’d like to think that Brunel and the project have had a small role to play in providing opportunities for Laura to develop and so we’ve fulfilled our commitment to build capacity through CelebYouth. This term, I’ve been involved in the setting up of a Staff Research Association at Brunel and have  seen how variable  the working lives and experiences are of those employed as researchers and whose contracts are tied to specific grants. Having an inclusive and open approach to authorship matters, as does allowing researchers to broaden their CVs to include teaching, module leadership and other management roles. This is sometimes difficult within institutional structures but is incredibly valuable not just for individual researchers but for those they work with and the whole higher education sector.

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