AHRC funded PhD Studentship in Disability/Cultural Studies

Bath Spa University

The studentship has been devised in a flexible way, and supervision will be undertaken by the project PI (Professor Martin Levinson) at Bath Spa University and by Co I (Dr Sue Porter) at University of Bristol (Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies). This arrangement will enable the student to connect to a community of scholars working in the field of disability studies, while drawing upon the cultural strengths within Bath Spa. The arrangement can be reviewed should the agreed research topic fall more closely within the field of one of the other academics involved in the project, so as to enable the involvement of a third academic. An innovative element will be the involvement of non-academic partners in the process.

The student will be free to suggest topics that connect to the project. Themes of interest might include:

  • The relationship between disability arts and activism;
  • The gulf between academic research and practitioners in the field –
  • Spaces and social interactions – ways in which disabled people are situated in mainstream contexts, and ways in which re-envisaging space and place can generate alternative scenarios;
  • The gulf between technological innovation and social well-being. How can new technologies for people with impairments be adapted to be less technically problem-oriented, and more conscious of aesthetics and connections with internal perceptions?

The above are only some possible suggestions, and applicants are free to suggest other possibilities that relate to the work in the workstreams.

Please see Project Summary for further information.  Please see below for PDF download.

Funding details

  • Direct payment of tuition fees for 3 years
  • Maintenance allowance for accommodation and living expenses of around £14,057 per annum.

Please note the following points:

  • Applications from candidates who have followed an unconventional route into Higher Education will be considered
  • Relevant experience is viewed as valuable. This may entail lived experience of disability or experience working in the field
  • Applications from disabled students will be welcomed, and we will make all reasonable adjustments to meet access or other requirements
  • The studentship will entail liaison with work-place settings, and will demand sophisticated communication skills as well as academic rigour
  • Awards are payable in equal monthly instalments on enrolment and continued payment of the studentships is subject to satisfactory annual progression in the context of the research project to which the studentships are linked
  • We do not expect the funding to be used for students who have already completed a substantial proportion of a PhD
  • It is not a requirement of these awards that successful award holders undertake teaching for their department. Teaching may be available and if an award holder is paid for teaching it will be in addition to the maintenance allowance
  • The studentship is open to full-time students from the UK. We would be happy to discuss impairment/equalities related requests for part time.

Required Skills

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Very strong inter-personal skills 
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly
  • Ability to work alongside both academics and  non-academics
  • Evidence of commitment to the field of study and an interest in and understanding of disability politics and/or culture
  • If possible, reflected in either lived experience or previous work in the field

Candidates who have not followed traditional routes through Higher Education are welcome to apply. They will need to demonstrate:

  • Strong evidence of potential to successfully complete doctoral study. This might be manifested in previous academic achievement or other activity. However, other evidence of intellectual capacity/potential will be considered including professional experience in the field of disability at policy or national level

Closing date for applications: 2 January 2017

Full details of how to apply may be found at: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/research/phd-opportunities/how-do-i-apply

Selection Process: 

All short listed applicants will be invited for an interview and will be required to give a 10 minute presentation.

For informal enquiries and further information on the project please contact: Dr Martin Levinson, via PGRadmissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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