Application and Selection Procedure

The awarding process was systematic and rigorous and included longlisting, shortlisting and interview stages. This was followed by in-depth deliberation among the awarding panel about the strengths and weaknesses of each interviewed team.

The process was as follows:




57 Applications received.


We received applications from a very wide range of people, including solo researchers, research teams/partnerships and consultancy firms. All applications were reviewed by the Queer Arts Consortium and Arts Council England. Below is a list of the review teams:


Arts Council England: 

Aakash Bharania

Justin Hunt

Gabriela Cala-Lesina


Queer Arts Consortium: 

Tim Other (Raze Collective)

Andrew Ellerby (And what? Queer Arts Festival)

Lucy Hayhoe (QUAC Manager)


A volunteer Steering Group was established by Arts Council England. The Steering Group reviewed the applications of the shortlisted candidates only. Their involvement in the live project is to meet with the research team three times during the project to offer advice and critique.


Steering Group (Shortlist only):

Katy Baird (Home Live Art)

Tim Spires (Greater London Authority)

Ben Campkin (UCL)

Anjali Prashar-Savoie (joined the Steering Group after the research team was selected)


Phase 1: Application Review


Applications reviewed by the Arts Council and QUAC review team members against the following criteria:


Candidate Criteria:


  1. An independent research practice.

  2. Experience of report writing for policy makers.

  3. Demonstrable past experience of managing a research project of similar scope/scale.

  4. Experience of conducting research interviews, surveys, focus groups.

  5. Experience of collating, interpreting and presenting quantitative and qualitative data.

  6. Experience & expertise within a relevant research field.

  7. A good understanding of the LGBTQIA+ nightlife scene in London.

  8. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including written and verbal.

  9. Highly motivated with the ability to work independently.

  10. Experience of collecting and storing data in line with the latest GDPR guidelines.

Proposal Criteria:

  1. A detailed proposal which grasps the scope/scale of the project.

  2. Suggestions of relevant supplementary research questions.

  3. Identification of intersectional process/approach.

  4. Detailed and reasoned methodology.

  5. Viable scheduling.

  6. Viable budget planning.

  7. Demonstrates a specific and personalised response to the brief.

  8. Clear, well-written and presented proposal document.

Phase 2: Longlist


After assessment against the selection criteria the following applications were long-listed:


  1. Cimeon Ellerton-Kay

  2. Nordicity

  3. Mark McCormack & Fiona Measham

  4. Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Ben Walters, Joe Parslow & Katayoun Jalilipour

  5. Kiki Mager & Ailo Ribas

  6. Iris Pintiuta

  7. Zaki Musa & Ashley Lewis


Along with eight others who wish to remain anonymous.


Phase 3: Shortlist 


The shortlist was decided during a review team meeting at which,  each of the longlisted applications were discussed, and feedback between the QUAC review team and ACE review team was compared. Three applications were taken forward to interview, each offered a different approach. All the candidates taken forward to the shortlist had post-doctoral level research experience and detailed, robust and costed research proposals, with demonstrable experience of translating qualitative and quantitative results into reports for policy-makers and the public. 


Shortlist for interviews:

  • Mark McCormack & Fiona Measham

  • Nordicity 

  • Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Ben Walters, Joe Parslow & Katayoun Jalilipour


It was at this point that The Steering Group were invited to comment on the 3 shortlisted candidates proposals. Interviews were held over Zoom and conducted by Aakash Bharania, Tim Other, Andrew Ellerby, and Lucy Hayhoe. 


Phase 4: Appointment

All three candidate groups were discussed at length. The final decision took into consideration the application, details provided during the interview, the expert advice from the steering group and the preferences of Arts Council England as the funding organisation.

London Queer Nightlife Research STUDY