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Collaborative Theatre With Local Communities in Coventry - Models for Sustainable Practice, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Collaborative Theatre With Local Communities in Coventry - Models for Sustainable Practice.
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Overview

This doctoral (PhD) project in Collaborative Theatre With Local Communities in Coventry - Models for Sustainable Practice 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.

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 and as it seeks to build sustainable plans for the years afterwards.

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. 

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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      three and a half years fixed term 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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 Ethical research from C-DaRE ethics leads 

Audience

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

Lecturers

Prof. Sarah Whatley

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 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
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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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