SED Opportunity Digest – 6 February 2023

Welcome to our latest round up of events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve your career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.

If you get to the end and apply for an opportunity please let us know and we’ll give you a freebie.

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Don’t forget your careers service is open all semester and can help with finding jobs, applications and interviews. Book an appointment or email your careers consultant Fliss Bush.

Don’t forget to come to your BREATHING SPACE session this Wednesday!

Sign up and you could win some great prizes in our raffle incluing Rupi Kaur’s Healing Through Words book…

Sign up here

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

QMUL Careers Event: Working for yourself – Wednesday 8 February 2-3pm

If you are interested in freelancing, in being in journalism or theatre practitioner, or have a great idea for a business, this session is for you!

Book here (login via your QMUL login)

Happy LGBTQA+ History Month!

LGBTQA+ experiences on the Library shelves

Wednesday 8th February, 1.00pm-2.00pm, Online

Registration link for Queen Mary staff (search for LT010)

Registration link for Queen Mary students

Queen Mary Library Services have organised a session around LGBTQA+ literature in all its forms, to celebrate LGBTQA+ History Month. The session will cover various initiatives, such as the LGBTQA+ collection and the LGBTQA+ online reading lists. There will also be short book talks about inspiring & entertaining resources available from the Queen Mary Library.

Film Screening: The Imitation Game

Wednesday 15th February, 5.15pm-7.15pm, Maths Lecture Theatre (MLT), Maths Building, Mile End

As part of LGBTQA+ History Month, the School of Mathematical Sciences are hosting a screening of the Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, this biopic tells the story of one of the most celebrated LGBTQA+ mathematicians in history. 

Interesting events from the Mile End Institute (School of Politics and International Relations)

In Conversation with David Lammy MP

Thursday, 9 March 2023 at 18:30
Queen Mary University of London – Mile End Road – London E1 4NS – United Kingdom

100 more by 2030! How to create a more gender-balanced democracy

Thursday, 23 March 2023 at 18:00
Queen Mary University of London – 327 Mile End Road – London E1 4NS – United Kingdom

Chaired by Dr Javier Sajuria (QMUL), we will be joined by Frances Scott (the founder and director of 50:50 Parliament), Professor Rainbow Murray (QMUL) and two other respondents to evaluate how much progress has been made in recent years and formulate strategies to rectify the historic underrepresentation of women in public life.

Do you have any plans after graduation? Not yet? Then try graduate opportunities at Frontline!

Frontline is England’s largest social work charity. Everything we do aims to make life better for children who need a social worker. 

Join us as a paid graduate intern 

If you love what Frontline is all about and want your career to make a difference, our graduate internship is for you. The role pays a living wage, develops essential career skills and makes an impact. Join our charity for a six-month internship and help us recruit the next generation of children’s social workers. 

Apply to the Frontline programme 

The Frontline programme offers two years of intensive, paid training and a fully-funded Master’s degree with Lancaster University to develop the skills you’ll need to be a social worker.  

You’ll help protect children living in the toughest circumstances and families struggling with a range of pressures, giving them the support and commitment, they deserve and changing the course of their lives. This is the work that makes a difference. This is social work. 

With this opportunity you can: 

  • Complete a funded master’s degree and earn while you study 
  • Build essential career skills 
  • Gain an insight into social work 

Gain useful insights at our career events 

Our career events will give you an opportunity to learn about benefits of joining the Frontline programme and get top tips for your application. 

Be the first one to apply! 

Register your interest now & receive an email with opening of the application date

Anti-Racist Shakespeare Titus Andronicus – Free Online

[IMAGE] The words ANTI-RACIST TITUS ANDRONICUS in white writing on an orange background.

Thursday 23 February – 6.00pm

Tickets: Free

Join Globe scholars and theatre artists in this free, live webinar to discuss themes of race, identity and social justice in Titus Andronicus.

This event is generously sponsored by Cambridge University Press.

Book here

Join the debate, join the Night of Ideas! Free events including an opener with Zadie Smith

Hélène Duchêne, Ambassador of France to the UK and writer Zadie Smith will open the 7th edition of the Night of Ideas on Thursday 9 February, at the Institut français in London. 

See full details

Outside QMUL

Journalism Jobs and Skills Event at City University

Wednesday, 8th February 2023, 17:00 – 19:00

  • 17.00: Hello from City
  • 17.05: How to shoot a 30 second social video
  • 17.20: Advanced search techniques to find stories and people
  • 17.35: Tips on how to become a foreign correspondent
  • 17.50: Getting stories from data
  • 18.05: 13 ways to kick-start your career in journalism
  • 18.20: Career panel – how to get a job in journalism
  • 18.50: Q&A with Journalism staff and journalism alumni from City

Book here

BFI Future Film Festival

60-Second Film competition – Deadline Sunday 5 Feb

Submit a TikTok video of no more than 60 seconds to be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes.

Enter the competition

About the festival

The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers. The festival runs across four days with events and screenings taking place both online and in-venue at the BFI Southbank, all of which are focused on helping talented young filmmakers aged 16 to 25 to break into the film and screen industries.

Some high lights:

Check out the free online programme | Check out the full programme

The Times Final Year Student Survey – paid work interviewing for The Times

The Times Final Year Student Survey team are looking for students to work as Interviewers on our upcoming project. The role requires them to find 25 final year students at Queen Mary and carry out a short face to face survey about their graduate job hunting experience. The data from this research will directly inform The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2023.

Students are well paid for a few hours of their time and will gain a full CV reference. Applicants must be well-connected with final year students, organised, and confident in talking to fellow students. Places are expected to be filled quickly, so get in contact as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Find out more and apply here.

A pink banner with a white logo of Camden People's Theatre and text in capital letters which reads "New adventures in theatre"

Camden People’s Theatre, SPRINT line-up has just been announced! London’s best established carnival of new and unusual theatre brings you 40+ shows from bold emerging artists over just 3 weeks

Since the 90s, this festival has been hurling out fireballs of theatrical brilliance in all directions, many of which have gone on to illuminate UK and world theatre. This year’s roster of new shows, works-in-progress and ideas tottering to their feet is as thrilling as ever – and we can’t wait to share it with you.

SPRINT: Tue 7 – Mon 27 Mar 2023 Tickets £12 (or catch 2 shows in one night for only £16) NW1 residents go for £10 – Students go for £8

We’re hiring! Could you be our next Deputy General Manager (Operations)? We’re looking for a highly driven self-starter who works well as part of a committed & collaborative team and who has the organisational ability to support and sustain the work of the 200 artists coming through our doors each year. You do not need to have done this job before.

Applications close Thu 9th Feb at 10am

Seed commissions We’re offering nine £1000 seed commissions (+ a whole bunch of support) to theatremakers from backgrounds currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre: specifically global majority artists, artists with disabilities, d/Deaf artists and/or artists from working-class backgrounds. Applications close Mon 30th Jan at 10am

We’re hiring! Could you be our next Deputy General Manager (Operations)? We’re looking for a highly driven self-starter who works well as part of a committed & collaborative team and who has the organisational ability to support and sustain the work of the 200 artists coming through our doors each year. You do not need to have done this job before. Applications close Thu 9th Feb at 10am

Seed commissions We’re offering nine £1000 seed commissions (+ a whole bunch of support) to theatremakers from backgrounds currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre: specifically global majority artists, artists with disabilities, d/Deaf artists and/or artists from working-class backgrounds. Applications close Mon 30th Jan at 10am

Online Masterclasses from Punchdrunk Enrichment

OFFER:  exclusive 25% early bird discount available on all four original masterclasses. Use the code: EARLYBIRD23 at checkout. Offer ends at midnight on Friday 27th January. Limited places available.

You have until Tuesday 21 February to apply

Jazz World - Glastonbury 2008
Jazz World – Glastonbury 2008 by Sharon Loxton is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Applications to volunteer with Wateraid at some of the UK’s top festivals are now open!

Last year was our biggest festivals season to date, and we’re looking forward to making 2023 just as memorable. From intimate events like foodie-favourite Smoked & Uncut, to epic experiences (yes, including Glastonbury!), there’s something for everyone – and we really hope you can apply to join us.

Apply now

Applications will remain open until 5pm on Tuesday 21 February, and teams are not filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please make sure you read all the information on our website and our festival volunteering FAQs first, then take your time with your application – we’ll be allocating roles based on your skills, experience, and previous support for WaterAid.

Festivals we’re planning to attend in 2023*

Glastonbury Festival Somerset, 20 – 26 June | Smoked & Uncut: Lime Wood Hampshire, 8 July (Saturday only) or 7 – 9 July (weekend) | Camp Bestival: Dorset Dorset, 27 – 31 July | Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza Somerset, 5 August | Boomtown Fair Hampshire, 9 – 14 August | Smoked & Uncut: The Pig at Bridge Place Kent, 12 August (Saturday only) or 11 – 13 August (weekend) | Green Man Brecon Beacons, 16 – 21 August | Camp Bestival: ShropshireShropshire, 16 – 21 August | Shambala Northamptonshire, 23 – 28 August | Pilton PartySomerset, September (date TBC)*Dates indicated are dates volunteers will need to be onsite, and are all subject to change and cancellation.

Want to start your own podcast? Get help to do it with BBC Sounds Audio Lab!

How to apply

Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition

The Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition is open for entries! Following their history of supporting original fiction, you are invited to submit your story on the theme of ‘notes’. You could have your work published in the magazine, and win a two-night stay in the Peak District!
Here’s the topline…Deadline: 26 February

 Submit to this short story competition and win an amazing stay!

Introduction to Community Organising with Citizens UK: Intensive One Day Training

Citizens UK are bringing their intensive one day introductory course in community organising to Queen Mary’s Mile End Campus on Wednesday 8th February, 9:15am-5pm.

Community organising training will give you the tools to make change as part of your school, college, university, charity, faith group or community group. Topics covered include: leadership, negotiation, power, storytelling, building public relationships, listening and action!

Find out more and register

Certain Blacks presents Heroes

Rich Mix London, 2 – 27 February 2023 Certain Blacks, the East London arts development organisation founded with the aim of nurturing diverse artists, returns for their 9th festival this February having been awarded Arts Council England Notional Portfolio funding specifically to support diverse-led organisations. Heroes presents performances from artists that inspire, entertain and educate including a night supporting female musicians and an evening curated by the legendary Ruff Sqwad. The festival includes a rare visit from LT Beauchamp (AKA Chicago Beau), an esteemed Chicago blues and jazz innovator who played on the 1970 album Certain Blacks by the Art Ensemble of Chicago from which the London organisation takes its name. Four very different shows at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix from 2-17 February incorporate adventures in sound and performance, stand-up, theatre, hip hop, spoken word and grime.

Find out more

£3 Workshops with Raze Collective

Each week is a different workshop and different artist perspective to discover! No prior experience or expertise needed, just enthusiasm & good queer vibes!

Kakilang: HOME X Barbican Pit Theatre / Online.  21—25 Feb 2023

Combining theatre, music, gaming and VR technology, discover the virtual world of HOME X live in the Barbican’s Pit theatre or online.

The show connects performers in Hong Kong and London in real-time using depth-sensing cameras that capture 3D video. It explores themes of roots and belonging, destruction and renewal, featuring moving real-life experiences of home and migration. Kakilang (formerly Chinese Arts Now) are an award-winning organisation who produce work platforming East and Southeast Asian artists.BOOK KAKILANG NOW

Female Leadership in Publishing

The FLIP is a non-profit platform to inspire people in publishing with insight and honesty from brilliant women. We want to help build transparency, representation and equality across the industry by shining a light on great examples of success, providing a space to debate challenges and giving a voice to those finding their way in their careers.

Join here

Free #OpenBooks publishing events coming soon

We’re delighted to announce the incredible line-up of panels for #OpenBooks, your first chapter into the book industry. A series of free, accessible online events for young people who are exploring the first steps in their career, OpenBooks launches 22 and 23 February!

Register your interest


Looking to work in advertising but don’t know where to start? ‘Need experience to apply’ but don’t yet have any experience?London Living Wage not cutting it? Worried about fitting in?

If you’ve ever been made to feel like a ‘Black Sheep’, then BBH wants to hear from you.

Homegrown is BBH’s early careers programme with a difference: a paid 4-month placement in the production, strategy and/or account management departments. We offer a competitive starting salary above the London Living Wage that factors in the higher rental and living costs in London. Plus, you will become part of our exclusive Homegrown alumni network which offers ongoing mentoring.


Help out Everyday Muslim Heritage Project

Calling aspiring bloggers, event planners, oral history interviewers, storytellers, fundraisers, researchers, social media campaigners, film and audio editors. Volunteer to help with the 10th anniversary event.

See more

Email the project

Pass It On: Making Our Own LGBTIQ+ Archives, with So Mayer and Stef Dickers

Join LGBTIQ+ archive champions So Mayer and Stef Dickers for a hands-on event about queer(ing) archives.

Sign up

How to Become an Actor Session – £10 – Online – 23 Feb

Learn all the secrets of becoming a successful actor in this jam-packed session!

We’ll cover everything you need to know, from mastering the skills to nailing the audition. Expect to leave feeling inspired and armed with the knowledge to kickstart your acting career. See you there!

Sign up here

Melanie Bigold (Cardiff University) ‘Books of her own: Women’s Libraries and Book Ownership in the Long Eighteenth Century’

What role did women play in the expansion and consumption of print culture between 1660-1820? Drawing on evidence of over 300 women’s libraries, including detailed records from fifty women’s book and library lists comprising some 30,000 titles, this paper will offer some preliminary details about what we have been missing in relation to women and their books in the long eighteenth century.

Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, Tuesday 7 February, in person, 5.30-7pm. Registration required.

To book go to:

Royal Society of Literature Free Online Event – Careers in Literature – 14 March

Hear from a renowned literary agent; a freelance literature programmer and producer; an acclaimed poet who balances a career in marketing with a career in writing; and an editor and academic who works with numerous literary magazines. We hope their journeys will inspire you as you embark on your own career in literature.

Book now

Also free to view are RSL’s Vital Discussion on Demand online discussions, which for the Spring Season include the following:

So Hot! Feeling the Heat in Contemporary Women’s Writing – Launch Event; ‘Burning Up: Reading Hot Bodies’

8 March 2023


Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) Seminar Series.

Podcast Production Programme

March 2023 at Black Cultural Archives


What is the Podcast Production Programme?

This programme is an opportunity for young people to get hands on experience in media, production and podcasting. Trainees will be officially trained on the logistics of recording; such as sound quality and handling audio equipment. Editing and production, including learning how to seamlessly edit in Audacity and post production. And marketing and distribution, learn how to identify your audience, create an online presence and monetisation!

Our podcast training programme will train a maximum of 15 young people throughout the duration of March.

If this sounds like something for you, click apply and start your journey into podcasting and media production.

Amaliah Book Club: Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde

We’re bringing together the Amaliah sisterhood to dissect the themes raised in Audre Lorde’s work, including navigating intersectional identities, Black feminism, how to build coalitions, self-love, imperialism, and much more. Yassmin will take us through the night with prompts and questions to guide us through these topics and to understand how embracing our differences can be a vehicle for personal and societal change.

Book here

80+ organisations at the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ Careers Fair 

Don’t forget to secure your tickets now 

Join our incredible 2023 Careers Fair, this year featuring 55+ employers wanting to talk to YOU! Not only that, but we have our Charity & Community Marketplace, with 25 wonderful organisations offering support across mental health, sexual health, activism plus gorgeous independent LGBTQ+ retail stalls.Check out all our confirmed exhibitors here

2.8 Million Minds: Network building events for art, young people and mental health, in London.

What different ways are young people, artists, health professionals and everyone else using art for mental health?

Join us on 9 Feb @southbankcentre

Info and sign up

The Residency is an artist-led programme equipping emerging Black and Black mixed heritage creatives with the skills to develop creative careers in photography, film-making and music

Take your career to the next level with this programme for emerging creatives, supported by Apple.

Find out more and apply

Accessibility in the Arts

There’s only a week to go until we come together with The Library Presents to bring you an Accessibility in the Arts online seminar.

If you’re an artist or performer who wants to produce work that is accessible for people with protected characteristics, this is for you!

Tickets are available here
@thelibrarypresents Arts Council England #inclusiveness #accessibilityinthearts

Hidden Rivers of London

In this three-act performance by Global Generation Fellows of Story Garden, a thriving community garden behind the British Library, performers will share personal water-based memories, reveal the heritage of the river Fleet, and explore its mythology.

LGBTQIA Month Events

Out at Sea Festival 18th February Out at Sea | LGBTQ+ History Month Events London (

Fierce Queens: All Aboard! Cutty Sark | 18+ Fierce Queens: LGBTQ+ History Month Events London (

Global Perspectives: Nation and Migration in (Im)Mobile Times

Tue 7 Feb 2023, 18:30 – 19:45

Online and in-person (The Royal Society)

For the next event in the Global Perspectives series, Professor Brenda Yeoh FBA joins Professor Simon Goldhill FBA in conversation to discuss the relationship between nation and migration and the implications of the migrant-led diversification of populations and societies. Free



A reminder that the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2023 is currently OPEN for entries, until 28 February. With three categories – page, performance and film – a long-list is announced on social media a few weeks after the closing date followed by a short-list in late March. The category winners and overall winner will be announced at the Out-Spoken Awards show at Southbank Centre, central London, on Thursday 6th April 2023. The overall winner will receive £700.


Visit Treason: People, Power & Plot – a free exhibition

The National Archives, Kew, until 6 April

From the cook who poisoned the porridge and the young girl tried as a witch, the exhibition showcases moments which have helped shape modern Britain and demonstrates the changing nature of justice through the ages. View a unique selection of history-defining documents, and see the stories of traitors, including Guy Fawkes and Anne Boleyn, brought to life. 

Find out more

Special event:

Treason in the Age of Abolition – Fri 24 Feb Kris Manjapra explores how the meaning of “treason” was reconfigured by Black liberation struggles during the Age of Abolition

Live Art Development Agency Study Room reopening 

The Study Room is our core resource, and it is housed at the LADA space in Bethnal Green. Containing over 8,000 items that include out-of-print books and rare documentation, it is the world’s largest collection of research materials on Live Art.

As of Thursday the 2nd of February 2023, the Study Room is open to visitors on Thursdays and Fridays, offering two 3-hour sessions (11am – 2pm and 2pm – 5pm) which must be booked in advance

Please make sure to read our Covid protocol before arriving at LADA. 

You can find more information about the Study Room and book a visit here.

Mousetrap Theatre Project’s annual Youth Leadership in the Arts Conference is back!    


Mousetrap Theatre Project’s annual Youth Leadership in the Arts Conference is back, and it’s coming to the London Coliseum this half term – Wednesday 15 February 10.30am-5pm. Open to anyone aged 15-24. YLAC2023 will be hosted by members of Mousetrap’s Youth Forum. The programme will be focused on Empowerment & Resilience, and will include sessions on wellbeing in the arts, inclusivity, freelancing, overcoming imposter syndrome and much more!

This year’s line-up will include talks, panel discussions, workshops and an opening and closing speech from a VIP guest TBA! Over the course of the day, you will have the chance to listen to lively, inspiring conversations between industry experts, and gain lots of valuable tips and knowledge to help boost your career. Your £5 ticket will grant you access to events in this year’s programme and lunch will be provided. We will email you before the conference to allow you to select which sessions you would like to attend. Click below to find out more and book your place! 

More Info

CDMT Careers Conference and Showcase Performance 2023

The CDMT Careers Conference and Showcase Performance is the UK’s premier event for young people who wish to pursue a career in professional dance, drama and musical theatre!

More info

Opportunities closing soon

Film Submission Deadlines List from Film London Artists Moving Image network

Digital Assistant at the Horniman Museum – Deadline: 8 Feb

In Future List Programme at Livity mentorship, residency, workshops for creatives – Deadline: 12 Feb

V&A Role: Exhibition Research Assistant: Black British music genres and sub-genres – Deadline: 15 Feb

Information Centre Advisor at London College of Communication (UAL) – Deadline: 15 Feb

Netflix Documentary Talent Fund – Deadline: 16 Feb

Stage One Bridge the Gap Placement with Leeds Playhouse – Deadline 27 Feb

Internship Vacancy: History of Parliament contemporary / oral history project – Deadline: 3 March

The Telegraph’s Editorial Graduate Programme – Deadline: 5 March for September start

Interesting Links

How Great Novels Help Us Change at Conway Hall

Sunday 26 February • 3pm – 4.30pm

What can Alice in Wonderland teach us about childhood? Could reading Conversations with Friends guide us through first love? Josh Cohen delves deep into the most memorable and vivid characters in literature, showing us ways to be wiser, more open and more self-aware.

Book here


We have started to collate a fixed resource hub on our website with details of organisations, networks, funding opportunities, and more, to support our members, practitioners, and any organisations working across the Capital. This living resource is just at the start, for the sector and will be regularly updated, however please sign up for our fortnightly newsletter to receive further information on one-off training and funding opportunities.

Access the resource hub now

Artist Cam Portland on hosting art workshops and illustrating for Stormzy’s #Merky Books

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | BBC Academy | Creative Access (Jobs) | Creative Lives in Progress | ERIC – Career + Opportunities App | Film London | IlikeNetworking | JournoResources | Lectures.London | MediaBeans (media jobs) | QMUL Careers | Presspad | Run the Check | ScreenSkills | Startup Jobs | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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