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Collaborative Theatre with Local Communities in Coventry: Models for Sustainable Practice

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)

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Dr E Meehan No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Start date: September 2020

Wanted - exceptional doctoral candidates to undertake trailblazing, transformative research alongside outstanding early-career researchers.

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

This doctoral (PhD) project has been devised and developed by a leading early-career researcher at Coventry University. The Trailblazer Scheme provides doctoral researchers with an innovative and dynamic intellectual space in which to undertake transformative research, whilst fully supported by a team of experienced supervisors.

Details of the PhD project:

This doctoral research project examines the practices, processes and production of collaborative theatre making with local communities; primarily focusing on initiatives that develop creative activities into public performance works. The Belgrade Theatre forms the basis for the study, with its historical work in Theatre in Education and vibrant community theatre programmes, but the findings of the research will have broader application. The candidate will explore how a professional organisation and community participants work together in long term partnership, creating innovative theatre as well as the potential for social change. It is a timely opportunity to produce longitudinal research inspired by the Belgrade’s seminal approaches, during its contribution to Coventry City of Culture 2021 and as it seeks to build sustainable plans for the years afterwards.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

The candidate will benefit from having 3 supervisors in the areas of performing arts and community practice. Collaboration with the Belgrade will aid in accessing materials for research. Additional supports include:

- Academic writing guidance from supervisors and Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University
- Practice research: peer group led by PhD students; supervisor and staff expertise at CDaRE
- Reading groups, symposia and journals at CDaRE which candidates can contribute to
- Ethical research from C-DaRE ethics leads

Candidate specification:

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

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Additional items for candidate specification:

• Background in performing arts
• Interest in work in arts practice in the community
• Capacity to be in commuting distance from Coventry

How to apply:

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Emma Meehan [Email Address Removed]

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

The statement should include for example: project title, research questions, aims and objectives, literature review, relevance to the professional/academic field, methodology, work plan and expected outcomes.

Funding Notes

Applications are for full single studentships, which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years. Stipend rates are set by UKRI and will rise annually with a projected average increase of 1.25% per year. CU fees are also adjusted yearly in line with the rates set by UKRI.

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