Coventry U Job Ad: Participatory Practice (UK)

Job adsResearch Associate in Participatory PracticeCoventry UniversityCentre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. Closes: July 30, 2017

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) seeks a committed participatory researcher-practitioner to work as a part of People’s Knowledge, a newly established working group at CAWR.

The position requires experience of:

  • Convening participatory processes.
  • Community-engaged and participatory research.
  • Fundraising for projects.
  • Being part of national and/or international networks of participatory practitioners.

The successful candidate will bring:

  • Experience to enhance participatory practice and build the reputation of the Centre.
  • Creative skills in participatory practice, such as participatory photography, video and theatre.
  • Capacity to use and develop ideas and concepts, including those drawn from movements for social justice.

This post offers an opportunity to join a dynamic, transdisciplinary team engaged in participatory and action-orientated approaches to research. Our work aims to build trust with people whose knowledge is often excluded from research and dialogue with professional researchers. The successful candidate will be part of a team developing and implementing participatory processes that aim to work towards social justice. This will be in the context of issues such as climate change, growing inequality, conflict and mass migration.

Coventry U Job Ad: Social Media & Events (UK)

Job adsSocial Media and Events AssistantCoventry University. 2 year, fixed term contract, renewable. Deadline: July 17, 2017

Following the significant successes of the RISING15 and RISING16 Global Peace Forum events which showcased the vision and ambition of the University and the City of Coventry in the field of peace, the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations is developing RISING as a permanent and regular feature of Coventry’s global footprint.  The Centre is now seeking to appoint a dedicated Social Media and Events Assistant to support the ongoing development of RISING.

RISING aims to create a global platform to raise awareness and develop responses to the threats to peace and opportunities for peaceful relations.  Convening thought leaders and experienced policy-makers from around the world, RISING seeks to inform and inspire, pushing forward new ways of thinking about peace and conflict in our turbulent world.

This post will support RISING and the delivery of the Global Peace Forum and other RISING events by driving the social media campaign to increase awareness and assisting with event planning and logistics for large scale and high profile programmes held in Coventry and around the world.

With a track record of using social media as part of a marketing campaign and with experience of event planning and management, you will have strong communication skills and be a highly organised individual able to juggle a busy workload.  The post holder will be expected to demonstrate a high level of motivation and interest to engage with the subject matter and focus of RISING and CTPSR in general, and should be able to develop appropriate website and social media content from a variety of sources, including academic literature.

PhD Studentship: UNAOC/Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations (UK)

PhD Studentship: United Nations Alliance of Civilisations/Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)
Closes: 20th January 2017

As part of a continuing programme of expansion of research activity in the role that intercultural relations and dialogue plays in forging (or inhibiting) social solidarity, trust and peaceful relations in diverse and changing societies, Coventry University is offering two full-time PhD studentship to well-qualified individuals, to start in May 2017.

Coventry University is offering this studentship as part of our partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations www.unaoc.org. The UNAOC promotes intercultural and interfaith dialogue amongst nations and builds bridges and understanding between different cultures and people. It promotes the development of more inclusive societies, in which diversity is experienced as an asset. Proposals are invited for a PhD research project exploring an area consistent with and developmental from the UNAOC Vision and Mission Statements.

Vision Statement: Guided by the principles of the UN Charter, the report of its High-Level Group, and the priorities of the Secretary-General, the UN Alliance of Civilizations works toward a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity. UNAOC will seek to operate in situations where is can contribute to broader efforts to ameliorate identity based crises and promote culturally sensitive development policies.

Mission Statement: The High-level group described UNAOC as an entity that would assist in diminishing hostility and promoting harmony among the nations. The UN Secretary-General has described it as a soft power tool for bridging divides and promoting understanding between countries or identity groups, all with a view toward preventing conflict and promoting social cohesion. UNAOC pursues its objectives through a variety of activities:
• Contacts and dialogues with stakeholders (governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental)
• Development of targeted projects
• Advocacy, including direct public statements or appearances by the High Representative or UNAOC staff
• Interventions to defuse religious and cultural tensions by mobilizing third parties that can act as forces of moderation and understanding such as religious leaders, grassroots organizations, youth leaders and women leaders.

We welcome applications with proposals for a PhD research project that will provide new insights about the impact of UNAOC’s work. This includes the work with youth, media, non-state actors and in migration. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary and use innovative and participatory research methods. We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research and contribute to change within UNAOC and the context within which the research is based. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit the CTPSR.

The PhD studentship will be based within an appropriate Research Group in the Centre, and the PhD student will be expected to work 6 hours per week as a research assistant as and when the opportunity arises.

The full-time PhD studentships will cover UK/EU or overseas tuition fee equivalent, and an annual stipend for the duration of the studentship.

About the host Centre/Department: The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations has over 60 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world.  Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

CTPSR’s Doctoral Programme: Our Doctoral Training Centre develops independent, trained, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas with real-world impact within a large, vibrant and international postgraduate community.

Candidate specification

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD (standard)
• a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
In all cases the most recent and highest qualification attained will be that utilised for assessment purposes

Additional items for candidate specification
• a first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field
• skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods

How to apply: Application form, full supporting documentation, and covering letter, plus a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme

Duration of study: Full-Time – 3 years 6 months

Interview dates: 06 February 2017

PhD Studentships: Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations (UK)

PhD Studentships: Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Coventry University

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Closes: 17th February 2017

As part of a continuing programme of expansion of research activity in these areas, Coventry University is offering full-time PhD studentships to well-qualified individuals, to start in September 2017.

Proposals invited

We welcome applications with proposals for PhD research projects in distinct and cross disciplinary areas related to our current research themes.

These are:
• Communities, Representation and Inclusion
• Faith and Peaceful Relations
• Global Development
• Migration, Displacement and Belonging
• Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
• Protective Security and Resilience
• Transnational and Maritime Security
• Trust and Workplace Relations

In addition to these broad themes, we would also welcome proposals on the following topics:
• Gender and development or health and development
• Humanitarianism in conflict & disaster
• Transitional justice
• Trust in transitional societies
• Natural resource governance
• Organised crime and the privatisation of security
• Social movements and democratisation
• Religion, peace and conflict
• Religious diversity, inter-faith dialogue or intercultural dialogue
• Faith, social policy and social justice
• Religious literacy and education
• Migration and social cohesion
• Trusting individuals and trusting institutions.

We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas in these areas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research. We welcome PhD proposals that link to more than one member of staff’s research interests or are in related areas. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit the CTPSR website.

The full-time PhD studentships will cover UK/EU or overseas tuition fee equivalent, and an annual stipend for the duration of the studentship. The fee-only scholarships will cover tuition fee ONLY.

About the host Centre/Department

The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations has over 60 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust and trust repair, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

Candidate specification
Entry criteria for applicants to PHD (standard)
• A taught Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark.

PLUS
• The potential to engage in innovative research and to normally complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

In all cases the most recent and highest qualification attained will be that utilised for assessment purposes.

Additional items for candidate specification
• A first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field.
How to apply: Application form and covering letter, plus a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme

PhD funding award: Bursary and/or tuition fees – UK/EU/International
Start date: Sept 2017
Duration of study: Full-Time – maximum term three years 6 months
Interview dates: 06/04/2017 – 07/04/2017
Enquiries may be addressed to: Academic enquiries may be address to Professor Matt Qvortrup, Head of PhD Programmers, matt.qvortrup@coventry.ac.uk. However the Research Admissions team will process your formal application and are the main contact point for all admission and administrative related enquiries.

PhD Research Project: 3 Faith Forum and Peace

PhD Research Project exploring the role and impact of 3 Faith Forum in fostering peaceful relations
Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Closes: 31st March 2016

PhD research project exploring the role and impact of 3 Faith Forum in fostering peaceful relations.
Full-Time – three years fixed term

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) builds on the strong track record of scholars at the University on human security, peace studies and social relations. CTPSR brings together expertise from across the social sciences and humanities to drive progressive change and strengthen human security and resilience.

CTPSR is committed to achieving excellence through a stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment. Currently with 30 PhD students, CTPSR’s Doctoral Training Programme delivers a first year of quantitative and qualitative methods training, equipping research students to undertake primary research in year two. Throughout the three years our research students receive training covering academic writing, specialist analytical software and attendance at conferences, as well as two intensive summer schools.

Coventry University is offering one full-time PhD studentship to a well-qualified individual, to start in September 2016. The studentship will support our partnership with 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), one of the leading interfaith and intercultural organisations in the UK.

Proposals are invited for a PhD project exploring the role and impact of 3FF in fostering peaceful relations. We welcome proposals that will provide new insights about the difference 3FF’s work makes to the communities it works with, including young people, schools, universities, students, religious groups, members of Parliament, women and local communities. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary, innovative and use participatory research methods. Proposals should challenge existing ideas, expand current thinking and contribute to change within 3FF and the communities it works with.

The PhD studentship will be based within the Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group, one of six research groups in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The PhD student will work 6 hours per week as a Research Assistant within the research group. Students are supervised by three supervisors. For information about potential supervisors, visit the CTPSR website.

The studentship will cover UK/EU or overseas fee equivalence plus a bursary of £14057 per annum for three years.

Candidate specification:
• a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
• a first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field
• skills in quantitative and qualitative methods

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Dr Kristin Aune

Application information can be found in our how to apply section. Applicants are advised to read the following information (3FF information sheet) prior to submit a formal application.

UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Application deadline date: 31 March 2016

 

Coventry U job ad: Media & Communications (UK)

Senior Lecturer in Media & Communications
Coventry University – Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Closes: 28th February 2016

Committed to research and teaching excellence and passionate about the arts, design and media, Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a vibrant community of scholars, researchers and practitioners with profile across the globe and a heritage of quality built up over 150 years.

The Department of Media has a long-sustained reputation for innovation and enjoys a rising profile. It has established a highly distinctive ‘Open Media’ approach towards its teaching, research and professional practice and offers exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering media and communications, journalism, media production and photography. This post underpins this ethos and the enhancement of teaching and learning activities in the Department of Media.

We are seeking an academic with an established profile in a distinctive field within Media & Communications, to join our thriving, innovative course. You should hold a doctorate in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience and be able to relate the key debates framing the transformation and location of media in contemporary culture to teaching contexts. In addition, you must have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience within a higher education environment. Experience of education innovation would be advantageous.

You will undertake teaching assessment and curriculum development on the BA in Media and Communication and the MA Communication Culture and Media courses, with a particular focus on emerging forms of Media, communication and cultural practice and its theoretical analysis. You must have capabilities in utilising web/mobile/networked and social media platforms for academic purposes.

With a strong track record of research/scholarship (contributing to REF, and subsequent evaluations), you will have engaged actively in research, publication, income generation and/or professional practice in recent critical/theoretical approaches to new forms of media and mediated cultures. Preferably you will have expertise in new modes of theoretical analysis: e.g. post-humanism / post-cultural studies, ANT, New/ Post-materialism. As well as one or more of the following: everyday and presume media practices; digital, connected, mobile and smart media/cultures; media activism / activism and participatory cultures; emerging regimes of ownership and control; globalised / transcultural media; Urban, excluded, marginal and precarious social cultures; emergent creative/media industries, social enterprise, third sector; big data/information critique, ethics, privacy-security.

You will need to demonstrate a continuing engagement with pedagogic development – those without a teaching qualification will be required to undertake Coventry University’s PGCHE and/or secure HEA fellowship; and you must have a proven track record of delivering a first-class student experience within a higher education environment.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Dr Shaun Hides, Head of Media.

Coventry University job ad: International Officer (UK)

International Officer
Coventry University – International Office
Closes: 16th August 2015

Ranked 15th in the Guardian University Guide 2016, and the Times and Sunday Times top Modern University in the UK; strong links to industry, quality teaching and an innovative and dynamic approach to learning are just a few highlights of Coventry University.

Over 24,000 students, including over 8000 international students from more than 130 countries study at our vibrant and diverse campuses in Coventry and London.  September 2014 saw a record intake of international students, which is set to continue. To support this growth and future developments of international provision as a global enterprising university, we are looking to appoint several International Officers to work within our Sales Team.

International Officers support the recruitment of international students to the University. You will work as part of a regional team with extensive overseas travel (approx. 15 weeks a year). You will be responsible for undertaking recruitment missions, managing exhibitions, visiting schools, colleges and career conventions and other activities to drive growth in student recruitment.

You will be educated to degree level, with experience in sales and/or marketing you will thrive on developing business plans and hitting your targets. You must possess strong powers of self-motivation and initiative. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work to tight deadlines. Ideally, you will have had experience operating successfully in international business development or student recruitment and will be both politically aware and culturally sensitive.

Closing date: 16th August 2015