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Recovering Multi-Cultural Education from the 1960s to the 1980s

   Institute for Lifecourse Development

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  Dr Mary Claire Martin  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The “Black Lives Matter” campaign has highlighted yet again the need for a diverse curriculum and anti-racist practices in schools and universities. The aim of this thesis is to recover the experiences of multi-cultural and anti-racist education of teachers and children in the United Kingdom from the 1960s to the 1980s, through oral history interviewing, and analysis of policy documents. The main focus will be on the experiences of former teachers involved in developing multicultural and antiracist curricula and resources, and where possible, the responses of former pupils. These will be analysed within the wider policy context and local cultures of educational practice. It is anticipated that the main source of data will consist of 20-30 in depth interviews with adults, including former teachers and pupils, and also policy and curriculum documents. The successful candidate will have training in and experience of oral history interviewing, and a good honours and/or taught master’s degree in history or a related discipline, such as education or childhood studies, sociology or cultural studies. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to develop new networks.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity and the PhD project before applying, please contact Dr Mary Claire Martin on [Email Address Removed].

Duration: 3 years Full-Time Study or 6 years Part-Time Study.

Type: Self-Funded.

How to Apply:

Please read this information before making an application. Information on the application process is available at:

Applications need to be made online via this link. No other form of application will be considered. Please submit your application under the PhD Human Sciences programme. All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered:

• A research proposal (about 1500 words) related to the subject topic *

• A CV including 2 referees * (one ideally being from a dissertation supervisor)

• Personal statement outlining the motivation for this PhD and this particular project

• Academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments must be a PDF format.

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