Available studentships

SEAHA will support your career along three typical paths. We are currently recruiting for studentships to start in January 2018, and will be recruiting for September 2018 in the new year. Information on how to apply can be found in the project adverts below. You may also wish to consider registering your interest by sending an email to the SEAHA Centre Manager.

We currently have the following opportunities:

Retrofitting space heating systems for historic churches: meeting the needs of conservation, community and environmental sustainability

Historic churches are facing significant challenges in recent years in meeting increasingly demanding “quality of life” standards whilst they are used in broadening and hosting social engagements within the community.  To put this in context, the Church of England owns over 15,000 churches.  Of these, 78% are listed (45% of the Grade I listed buildings in England), of which over half actively host some form of community activity.  The environmental thermal requirements of modern activities in historic churches are often in conflict with the original nature of these buildings, their historic connotation, the building materials, and in meeting user comfort while at the same time presenting and aligning to the concepts of a sustainable society. The demand for solutions becomes even more critical when such buildings are faced with renovating their building services, usually due to a need to either preserve the building or achieve required comfort conditions to continue to sustain its occupation. This research aims to address this challenge by generating new knowledge to enable the evaluation and implementation of space heating technologies in historic churches, thereby increasing the environmental and social sustainability of the building while taking into consideration relevant constraints such as the preservation of the structure and artefacts as well the anticipated community activities.

Project supervisors

Academic supervisors – Dr Kenneth Ip, Dr Marco Picco, Dr Arman Hashem (University of Brighton)

Heritage supervisor – Fr. Lawrence MacLean (Diocese of Chichester)

Industrial supervisor – Dr David Greenfield (SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions Ltd.

Application deadline: 09:00 Monday 20th November 2017

Starting Date: January 2018

The following opportunities have now closed:

3D Hyperspectral Imaging of Heritage

Plastics in Museum Collections – a study of their chemical and physical degradation using a System Dynamics approach

‘What lies beneath? High resolution imaging of lichen-covered surfaces at Stonehenge’

‘Modelling the chemical and physical degradation of plastic objects in museum collections using a System Dynamics approach’

‘Preservation of geological collections’

‘Thinking out of the box – modelling preventive conservation benefits of boxes’


‘Development of a robust methodology for assessing moisture in solid brick walls’

‘Engineering and archaeological in construction and conservation work: Developing interdisciplinary technologies and methodologies’

‘Improving the evaluation of conservation treatments for deteriorating sandstone in built heritage’

‘Learning from nature: evaluating site-based conservation approaches to mitigating climatic risks to earthen heritage sites in N W China’

‘Micro-environmental control for the mitigation of mould growth in indoor heritage’

‘Near Infrared Hyperspectral imaging of historic building materials’

‘Novel Retrofit Technology Incorporating Robots for Lower Energy Healthy Buildings’

‘Novel neutron techniques for the non-destructive and non-invasive analysis of archaeological gold’

‘Strain modelling in historical tapestries’

‘The role of plasticiser loss in the degradation of plastic objects in heritage collections’

‘Total Performance of ‘Passivhaus’ Schools – Making Heritage Schools Fit for Purpose’

‘Visualisation of semantically linked data to support the interpretation of cultural heritage collections’


‘An optimised system for Multispectral Imaging of Documentary Material’

‘Building Information Models from monitoring and simulation data in heritage buildings’

Characterisation and implementation of new illuminations and their effect on the museum visitor’

‘Characterising marine archaeological iron degradation and the efficacy of treatments to date: worth a shot?’

‘Comparison of painting lining methods for historic house environments’

‘From Samples to Complex Objects: Detecting Material Degradation in Plastic Artworks’

‘Hyperspectral imaging for heritage: From books to bricks’ 

‘Mary Rose: Assessment of Environmental Risks during Display’

‘Nanoscale strategies for the consolidation of cellulose in cultural heritage’

‘Reigate Stone at the Tower of London: Developing preventive conservation strategies for problem stones’

‘Spectrally dependent light sensitivity of modern materials’


‘Collection surveys as part of library document supply chain’

‘Integrating Spectral and 3D imaging for monitoring cultural heritage objects’

‘Lighting policies for collections using microfadeometry’

‘Online Collections Modelling Tool’

‘Painting mortars for controlling driving-rain ingress in damp towers’

‘Photo-degradation of polymer-based rapid-prototype materials and their conservation through naontechnology-based treatments’

‘Quantitative chemical Hyperspectral NIR imaging of historical cellulosic materials’

‘Smells of Heritage’

‘Wet Walls: Developing 4D moisture survey techniques for stone masonry’


Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology