Robbie Cramb from Edinburgh is a BA (Hons) Film and Media and MA Culture and Creative Enterprise graduate from QMU.

Robbie started his PhD research at QMU in September 2015, focusing on ‘Cultural policy in the UK games industry: Subsidy, Risk and Cultural Value’, full time over three years.

His research aims to investigate how the UK video games industry has been constructed as a legitimate site of cultural policy and the difficulties the industry face that the government hopes to resolve with the introduction of tax relief.

Commenting on his experience of the QMU PhD Bursary Competition, Robbie said: “I found out about the Competition through my lecturers and the QMU website. I made the decision to apply as it was the most financially viable way to move forward on my desired career path while also enabling me to pursue my research interests.

“I’d been working on my application and proposal for over a year before I was accepted. In fact I applied the year before, but unfortunately I failed to win.  By the time I’d made my second application, I’d completed my MA and was more informed and better able to articulate my research goals within my application. Overall, I think my further academic experience and knowledge, a lot of hard work and the countless drafts and redrafts were key factors in aiding my success in the Bursary Competition.

“The PhD Bursary was extremely helpful in ensuring that I was both serious and ready to begin full-time research. It is also essential to many aspiring PhD students as without the bursary provided by the university it would be extremely difficult to undertake the role for the length of time required.

“For those passionate about their field of study, the Bursary is an extremely important aid and an excellent pathway to gaining your doctorate.”