Coventry University Featured PhD Programmes
University of Kent Featured PhD Programmes
John Innes Centre Featured PhD Programmes
University of Glasgow Featured PhD Programmes
University College London Featured PhD Programmes

Engaging young offenders in the arts (REF: SF18/LAW/ARTHUR)

  • Full or part time
    Prof R Arthur
    Dr N Wake
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Recent research on the arts in the (adult) criminal justice system suggest arts projects can and do have a positive impact on offenders – on their emotional and psychological well-being, on their anger and aggression, on their engagement with further education and training (Wilson et al., 2009) and on reducing the risk of reoffending. Arts programmes have been shown to help increase offender’s self-esteem, communication skills and self-worth. The evidence for the efficacy of arts programmes with troubled young people is weak, with most evaluations having small samples and issues with attribution. This project seeks to address this gap by examining whether similar arts based programmes can help vulnerable young people in custody.

The proposed study seeks to develop an evidence-based dance programme which will be subsequently implemented and evaluated across a number of custodial institutions in England. The dance intervention will be specifically designed to provide evidence of how arts-based interventions contribute to desistence agendas - to developing and maintaining hope, acquiring social and human capital, fostering personal and social strengths and resources. This approach to improving outcomes for young people aims to develop an enhanced model for early intervention to meet the multiple and complex needs of young people in a way which reduces the burden on criminal justice and community safety resources and upholds the rights and dignity of troubled young people.

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF18/…) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

Please note this is a self-funded project and does not include fees.


Arthur, R. (2017) Moral Foundations of the English Youth Justice System (Routledge)
Arthur, R. (2016) Giving effect to young people’s right to participate effectively in criminal proceedings Child and Family Law Quarterly 28, 3, 223-238
Arthur, R. (2016) Exploring childhood, criminal responsibility and the evolving capacities of the child Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 67, 3, 269-282
Arthur, R. (2016) The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 – Secure Colleges and the Legitimation of State Sponsored Violence Modern Law Review 79, 1, pp. 102-121.
Arthur, R. (2015) Recognising children’s citizenship in the youth justice system Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law 37, 1, pp. 21-37.
Arthur, R. (2015) Troubling times for young people and families with troubles – responding to truancy, rioting and families struggling with adversity Social & Legal Studies, 24, 3, pp. 443-464.

Related Subjects

Email Now

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully

FindAPhD. Copyright 2005-2019
All rights reserved.