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About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded) PhD studentship within the multi-disciplinary ‘Well-being and the Arts’ theme within the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities.

This project’s aim is to develop a new, more inclusive approach to fashion and clothing design that considers the functional, stylistic and emotional needs of older consumers, based on participation and co-creation.

Details of the PhD project

Due to the ageing population, growing old has become a significant topic in the contemporary research agenda. The post-industrial economy of improved health care, leisure and bio-medical technologies has affected both the biological and social spheres of ageing, producing new challenges for individuals, policy makers and associated industries, including fashion. There is a clear need to better cater to older individuals’ needs and expectations. The research question is: how can garments for older individuals be designed more effectively to respond to their changing bodies while meeting their aesthetic expectations? Within the context of COVID-19 and its aftermath, this project could also explore issues such as: how do we co-create garments remotely with older adults; or, how have older people’s clothing needs and preferences been influenced by lock-down?

This project will combine qualitative methods such as interviews, workshops and focus groups, with creative practice, to develop a toolkit for designers so they can better cater to this demographic, consequently benefitting older individuals by offering clothing they need and want.

Training and Development

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.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• 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)

For further details see:


UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements


Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact:

Ania Sadkowska:
Louise Moody
Carolina Rito

To apply on line please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus one of the following:

For pre-determined (named) projects an up-to 2000 word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Funding Notes

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.

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