Blog from July, 2017

Congratulations to NTU student Mahtab Hussain on his Inaugural Photobook Award 

Call for Papers - 3rd annual Practice Research Symposium at GSA 


The Guildford School of Acting is holding its third Practice Research Symposium on 23rd September 2017.


The theme of this year's symposium is 'Atmospheres'. We are particularly interested in broad disciplinary and interdisciplinary interpretations of this theme in relation to practice across different subject areas. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students, and researchers at all stages of their careers.


Please see the attached call for proposals for further information on the symposium and details of the format of proposals we are accepting.


All questions and proposals should be addressed to Will Osmond -


Midlands3Cities student Miranda Jones will be sharing her insights on this topic at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust where she has been acting as a Research Advocate.


"In 1991, the Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned a version of Homer’s The Odyssey from Sir Derek Walcott (1930-2017). At the time, the St Lucian poet and playwright’s Homeric epic Omeros had witnessed wide acclaim, eventually helping to earn him the Nobel Prize in Literature (awarded in 1992). Walcott agreed to the project, working tirelessly to draft the final script. The Odyssey was directed by Gregory Doran (now the current Artistic Director), and premiered in 1992, gaining glowing reviews from theatrical critics. This was to be a work of great artistic vision and a demonstration that Walcott was as skilled a playwright as a poet. As a tribute to this great talent, SBT Research Advocate Miranda Jones (University of Birmingham) will discuss The Odyssey using material from the SBT archives, illuminated by readings from Walcott’s work."


Free admission, no booking required, all welcome.

  Register here

This course explores how and why Renaissance and early modern collectors amassed their antiquities, scientific specimens, religious relics, and examples of virtuoso craftsmanship in the first era of globalisation from the sixteenth century to the Enlightenment. The course will examine the ways in which such objects were acquired, categorised, and recirculated by connoisseurs who used their encyclopedic collections to understand their rapidly changing world.

This course is being run in association with the V&A Research Institute (VARI) and will be of particular interest to AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Students. Students are eligible for a special VARI rate of £359.00, made possible through generous funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

There is limited availability for this rate. Please contact 020 7942 2000 for more information.

This 8 week course has a half term on the 12 February.

£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions 

  Book now for Opening the Cabinet of Curiosities

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust research advocate Miranda Jones has been researching the RSC's production Walcott's The Odyssey and is presenting her findings on the 13 September. 

Further information to follow.


To mark its sixtieth anniversary in 2017 Nottingham Medieval Studies is launching an annual student Essay Competition: journal invites entries submitted according to the following rules:

1. The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years at any one of the six universities that form part of the AHRC-funded ‘Midlands3Cities’ Doctoral Training Partnership. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Editors of the journal at
2. A candidate may make only one submission to the competition in any one year.
3. The submission must be the candidate’s own work, based on original research, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
4. Submissions are welcome on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies.
5. The submission should be in the English language.
6. The word limit is 8,000 words, including notes, bibliography, and any appendices.
7. The text should be double-spaced, and be accompanied by footnotes with short referencing and a full bibliography of works cited, following the Brepols stylesheet (attached). An abstract of no more than 200 words should preface the main text.
8. The deadline for submissions is 1 November.
9. The essay must be submitted electronically to, in both Word and pdf formats, to arrive by the deadline.
10. The submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (attached) and signed declaration. The candidate’s name should not appear on the submission itself, nor be indicated in any form in the notes.
11. Decisions concerning the Competition lie with the Editors and Editorial Board of Nottingham Medieval Studies, who shall, if they consider there to have been appropriate submissions, select a winning essay. In the unlikely event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard, no winner will be selected.
12. The winning submission will be published within twelve months in Nottingham Medieval Studies, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal. The winner will also receive a Brepols book voucher to the value of 80 euro.
13. Any queries concerning these rules may be directed to the Editors of NMS who can be contacted at: Department of History, University of Nottingham, Lenton Grove, University Park Campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD.




This mailing list is for AHRC funded PhD students to help us share any opportunities, news and information that might be of interest. To share any opportunities, news or activities please email 


The Digital Arts and Humanities Summer School is a forthcoming project designed to offer training in digital skills both for research and employability. It will be run in collaboration between the Midlands3Cities (M3C) and South, West and Wales (SWW) Doctoral Training Partnerships and we intend for it to be open to all Arts and Humanities postgraduates and undergraduates at universities within those two groups.

To help our project development and case for funding we would appreciate your filling in this short survey:

This is your opportunity to tell us about your digital training needs and shape the event we create! The survey will close on 24th July 2018 at 8pm.

Tom, Elisa & Eloise,
DAHSS Organising team


Sampad is looking for 20 volunteers to co-curate the Partition Trail exhibition

The volunteers will be put into small groups who will be responsible for specific sections of the exhibition, working alongside the curator to select the materials and art pieces which will contribute to the exhibition’s overall story.

They will then pitch their idea to staff from Sampad and Birmingham Museums who will provide professional feedback on their proposals.

The selected volunteers will attend a series of workshops over the summer holidays to help form the exhibition’s ideas, messages and design. We are keen to hear from anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in being involved.

By volunteering in this role participants will receive the following benefits;

  • New knowledge about a significant historical event
  • Free professional training in research
  • Professional experience in curation
  • Skill development in software such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Professional experience in the heritage sector
  • Opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
  • Opportunity to learn something new about the area you live in
  • All reasonable expenses reimbursed
  • A reference on request upon successful completion of work

Partition Trail Exhibition will be based at Soho House, Birmingham, and will launch 16th November 2017.

More detail about the project can be found here: or email

How to apply: Please email a CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to volunteer with us, and why you think you would be a good candidate to


The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to spend three months at partner host organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. You will have the opportunity to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

Internships are awarded to a number of Parliamentary, Government Departments and Non-Governmental Bodies, and Learned societies. AHRC-funded students have been very well-received by these organisations in the past, and alumni of the scheme have subsequently benefited from their policy experience and contacts in their ongoing research and career development.

There will be 22 Hosting Partners for the 2017/18 competition round:

Department for Education

For more information about the scheme, and directions on how your students can apply, see the call page at the AHRC website: