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At Home in Coventry 1945-1975

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: Noon on Monday 14th January 2019

Interview dates: TBC

Start date: September 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Imogen Racz to discuss this opportunity.

Introduction

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

Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Project

This PhD is a collaborative project between the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum https://www.theherbert.org/ and the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University. It will explore the notion of what a home meant to the diverse populations within Coventry in the immediate post-war period. Choosing from the extensive collection of art, artefacts, photographs, and archives that are held by the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the research will combine art and/or design research with social and cultural history.

The research will culminate in a thesis, but as part of the PhD, regular dissemination events will be organised. The student will organise an online presence, a small display and talks at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, and will present papers, leading to publications at national and international conferences.

In the immediate post-war period, with the destruction of so much of the city, the rebuilding of homes and the influx of different ethnic groups meant that the making of a home gained special importance. With Coventry being UK’s City of Culture 2021, the international spotlight will be on Coventry and it’s frequently overlooked cultural history.

Funding

  • This PhD is fully funded as part of the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C)
  • UK/EU fee plus stipend

 

Benefits

  • 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 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
  • 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:  https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

Additionally: 

  • The ideal candidate should have the willingness and ability to engage with and contribute to the faculty research centre - Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities - and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Eligibility:

All UK/EU students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.