I have two queries out at the moment. One is six weeks old, the other coming up for five.
In both cases I have not had any kind of receipt or acknowledgement of my question (essentially, “Dear Prof X, Are there any opportunities for supervision for this topic?” except without the X-Men reference and with a bit of manners wrapped around the outside.
It’s a really complicated process – in as much as it seems rather informal – and there is no way of knowing whether I should just keep waiting, or follow up with a polite query.
I’ve started to look for places outside of London, and indeed outside of the UK, to apply, but it is not clear to me where the research sits. Is it drama, is it theory, is it system design, is it creative writing?
The truth is that it is a multidisciplinary / intermedial topic and it seems as though most universities don’t like that sort of thing. Too much overhead for not much return. Given that I also want (need) to do it part time I think I’m on a hiding to nothing.