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PhD Studentship: Solidarity! Engaging Young People in Working-class Movements in the Past, Present & Future

Manchester Metropolitan University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Annual stipend provided: Research Council minimum rate (set by UKRI) £18,622 for 2023/24
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 5th January 2024
Closes: 29th February 2024
Reference: ArtsHums-HS-2024-solidarity

Summary

Manchester Metropolitan University and the Working Class Movement Library (WCML) invite applicants for a fully funded studentship from September 2024, under the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme. This interdisciplinary project is an opportunity to work with the WCML to consider how past working-class movements resonate with the present and can inspire current and future political engagement. Your project will demonstrate how arts and humanities research can bring to life working-class movements and the activism of ordinary people often caught in extraordinary events. It will aim to inspire contemporary young people to learn from these histories and develop WCML resources and collections to tackle the social problems of the 21st Century. Taking inspiration from Youth Participatory Action Research, these outputs from the project will be facilitated by you but shaped by the young participants themselves. Alongside your role in bringing new audiences into the WCML, you will contribute to knowledge on young people’s responses to working-class movements’ history and heritage and apply a broader sociological lens to generate findings on the impact of the project on young people’s class subjectivities, political identities, and potential activism.

Please see the PhD Studentship advert for the project’s aims and objectives.

Specific requirements of the project

Applicants should possess or be studying for a Master-level degree (or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting) in Sociology / Social Science, Heritage Studies, or Youth Studies.

Applicants with experience and knowledge (in an academic or professional setting) in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • working with archives or museum collections
  • participatory research
  • working with young people
  • the sociology of class
  • political histories and social movements

Manchester Met and the NWCDTP is committed to working with candidates from underrepresented communities and those from non-traditional academic backgrounds. Applicants from ethnic minoritized communities, disabled applicants and working-class applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Applications should include:

  • a personal statement (max 2 sides of A4) outlining a) why you are interested in this project b) your motivations for postgraduate research c) your research experience d) the wider skills and experience you would bring to the project, including professional, voluntary or personal achievements.
  • your CV
  • a sample of written work (e.g. a research article, chapter, or essay).

Student eligibility

Open to home and overseas students. 

Fully funded PhD.

Annual stipend provided: Research Council minimum rate (set by UKRI) £18,622 for 2023/24

How to apply 

Interested applicants should contact Dr Helene Snee for an informal discussion. 

To apply you will need to complete the online application form for a full-time PhD or part-time PhD in Sociology (or download the PGR application form).

You should also complete the PGR thesis proposal (supplementary information) form addressing the project’s aims and objectives, demonstrating how the skills you have maps to the area of research and why you see this area as being of importance and interest.  

If applying online, you will need to upload your statement in the supporting documents section, or email the application form and statement to PGRAdmissions@mmu.ac.uk. Closing date 29 February 2024. Expected start date October 2024.

Please quote the reference: ArtsHums-HS-2024-solidarity

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