Coventry U PHD Studentships (UK)

“Studentships“5 Fully-funded PhD opportunities, Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University, Coventry, UK. Deadline: 7 October, 2020.

The Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC) at Coventry University invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentships within a dynamic, multidisciplinary research centre. CAMC is home to a vibrant research culture that weaves together three strands of scholarship: Critical Practices, Cultural Memory and Well-being and the Arts. They invite applications for five fully-funded PhD studentships, commencing in January 2021. Each project responds to the Covid-19 pandemic by seeking creative and innovative interventions into the cultural conditions produced by such crises historically, in the moment, and as they are likely to persist in and alter post-Covid experience.

The specific projects available are:

  • Venice and its environments: navigating memory, culture and crisis
  • Exploring healthcare workers’ experiences and ethical dilemmas faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic through arts-based practice
  • Embodying loss: crafting the material in the time of pandemic
  • Communicating COVID: messages from the Downing Street Briefings
  • The role of design and usability in the adoption of digital self-management technology


Coventry U PHD Studentship: Does ICD Work in Fragile Contexts? (UK)

“Fellowships“Ph.D. Studentship, Coventry University (UK) / Deakin University (Australia): DOES INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE WORK IN FRAGILE CONTEXTS? Deadline: 31 March 2019.

The successful applicant will spend 1 year at Coventry University, the second year at Deakin University and the remaining 1.5 years at Coventry University. Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship covering course fees and living costs. Students will study in both Universities and on successful completion will be awarded a PhD by both.

The Intercultural Dialogue (ICD) approach differentiates itself from other methods of engaging with diverse societies, principally by encouraging dialogue with the cultural ‘Other’ for its own sake, rather than being outcome focused. However, critics of ICD ask whether it is relevant outside of the European context where it was developed (Aman; 2012); and whether it is applicable in fragile contexts, where for example, there is conflict over sovereignty (Phipps; 2014). In recognition of such critiques this PhD explores the utility of ICD as a framework in a non-European / Western setting which is a fragile context and has a long standing disputed status.

The PhD candidate will conduct ICD workshops with youth belonging to stakeholder communities within the disputed region in order to explore the utility of ICD as both a) a research tool for academic exploration of community and stakeholder perspectives; and b) a framework for promoting inter-group dialogue between communities and stakeholders within fragile contexts. The student will be provided with extensive training and guidance on ICD by the supervision team and will work closely with a partner NGO within the setting, who will support with the facilitation of workshops for qualitative data gathering and participant observation.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Serena Hussain to discuss this opportunity.

Coventry U Job Ads: Research Fellows (UK)

“JobResearch Fellow and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Global Learning Education & Attainment, Coventry University, UK. Deadline: 7 January 2019.

The Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment conducts fundamental and applied research that impacts upon teaching practice and learning outcomes, creating better futures, societies and providing the framework for excellence in education. Its focus is around two main themes: Intercultural engagement and global education, and Equity and attainment.

1. Research Fellow

The post of Research Fellow will work within the Equity and Attainment research theme. This will include contribution to bid writing, working on research projects and publishing research results in high quality journals. Additionally, the successful applicant will support the development of new, global higher education programmes at masters and doctoral level, informed by current research.

2. Senior Research Fellow

The post of Senior Research Fellow will lead and manage research projects and develop relationships and collaborations that enhance the reputation of the University whilst advancing knowledge in the field. A key part of the role will be securing funding for projects that relate to the Centre’s strategic priorities, as well as the dissemination of research findings through high quality academic journals and the media. This post may work in either theme, or across both themes.

Coventry U Job Ad: Linguae Mundi Programme Manager (UK)

Job adsLinguae Mundi Programme ManagerCoventry University – Centre for Global Engagement. Closes: 31st March 2018

Coventry University has been developing international experience opportunities for students and recent graduates as part of the University internationalisation and employability strategies. To enhance these strategies, the Centre for Global Engagement [CGE] offers CU students and staff opportunities to learn or improve their language and intercultural skills. With the growth in numbers of language learners through the Linguae Mundi scheme and the ambition to offer language education to a quarter of CU students and staff by 2020, a dedicated Programme Manager is required to further manage and develop this fast-growing initiative.

The purpose of the role is to take responsibility, and be accountable, for all aspects of the Linguae Mundi programme, delivering against the annual targets.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of CGE for Operations and Business Development, the ideal candidate will be a motivated, well-organised, self-reliant individual with solid experience in programme management and committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling both individual and team objectives. The ability to motivate and manage people as well as manage a complex, ambitious programme are also key capabilities of this role.

PhD Studentships Coventry U 2018 (UK)

FellowshipsPhD Studentships available at Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, for Fall 2018. Deadline: 16 February 2018.

Eligibility: All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements.

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 2018.

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees
Duration: Full Time – 3 years to 3 years 6 months Fixed Term

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Samima Hussain to discuss this opportunity.

Proposals welcomed for PhD research projects in distinct and cross disciplinary areas related to current research themes:

  • 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
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Urban Resilience

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 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

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