Extension applications for final year M3C students who meet the UKRI eligibility criteria will be administered and assessed by your home university.  During the course of this week (week commencing 4th May) you should receive information directly from your institution.  If you do not hear from them please follow up with the M3C/M4C administrative contact at your university for more information about your university's internal application process and timeline for applications. 

In general terms, we recommend that you take time to look at your home University’s guidance and follow Public Health England guidance on precautions.  As with all staff and students, you should think about what you can do to be ready if University closures are mandated, and a situation develops where you are not allowed on site.

The Midlands4Cities Covid-19 Guidance document outlines some key information: Midlands4Cities updated Covid-19 guidance 07.04.2020.pdf


 Current M4C specific advice is:


  • If you are currently travelling or away from home for reasons such as fieldwork, research visits or placements you should follow the information and protocol of your home university re Coronavirus. If you have any financial issues or difficulties due to changes in your visit or insurance not covering claims you need to make, please can you contact Claire Thompson


  • If you have secured M4C  funding via an approved SDF, RTSG, EF RDF application for an activity which is due to take place in the near future and you need to delay or postpone the activity, please make arrangements to delay/postpone where possible. The approved funding will be honoured and, depending on the recoupment of costs, can be used for alternative future dates for the same activity. Please note that any alternative future date must take place within your funded period (we are currently unable to change the criteria about ‘funded period’ but we will review this with the AHRC). For instances where you are unable to recoup funds for an activity, and wish to do the activity at a later date, we will have to review on a case by case basis with Site Directors and Claire Thompson


  • If you have booked imminent travel, for which the costs cannot be recouped, these will be paid by M4C as agreed in your additional funding application. However, as above, budgetary constraints may impact our ability to cover the rescheduling of this activity. Every effort should be made to cancel and recoup the costs where possible.


  • If there are questions about postponing placement plans or interrupting ones which have already started please contact Leslie Bode 


  • As you will have seen we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Research Festival. Other CDF activity is currently being reviewed by each of the project teams and we will keep you informed of changes to the M4C central training programme
  • Where we have been told that a student is relocating we advise the following guidance: Midlands4Cities are aware that you are currently we are working in very exceptional circumstances however we still need to see that you are making progress with your PhD.  All M4C researchers and  supervisors need to ensure that skype or online supervision meetings are documented on the online supervision reporting form on the VPP.   If this evidence is not available over the period when you are relocated you may have to consider suspending  your studies for a period of time.

The latest advice from the AHRC and UKRI can be found at:


Calling all M3C Graduates!

Nottingham Trent University are currently advertising two positions. Please see the links below for further information:


BACKLIT Gallery: Arts and Heritage Research Coordinator

As part of a wider Arts and Wellbeing Programme BACKLIT this opportunity will offer you the chance to research and deliver a project about the First County Asylum once based at King Edwards Park, Sneinton.

The postholder would work with BACKLIT and partners (including UoN, National Justice Museum and STOP (Sneinton Tenants Outreach Project) alongside local community contributors to support the development of local networks to collect findings and data that will culminate in an accessible archive and artistic outcome.

For further details on this M4C exclusive placement, please see the Placement Brief

See for more info about the organisation


'Leveraging your PhD'
Tue, 3 December 2019
Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE

'Leveraging your PhD' will focus on:

  • Pitching your PhD for creative industries and cultural sector jobs
  • Key skills, experience and attributes needed by the sector
  • Hacking job applications
  • Panel discussion about top tips for applications, CVs and interviews

The workshop will be facilitated by Hannah Bird and Dr Ceri Gorton (Bird & Gorton), working with speakers from across the sector providing the opportunity to develop a wide network of key contacts.

Confirmed speakers for this event include:

  • Ruth Richardson (Partnership Manager for the Midlands, Creative & Cultural Skills)
  • Petia Tzanova (Freelance Cultural Consultant)


This workshop is one in the series of ‘Lifting the Lid’ on the Creative Industries & Cultural Sector you don't have to attended previous sessions to sign up for this workshop.

For more information and to Register:  'Leveraging your PhD' 


The Future Perfect

23 November 2019


Please join us from 2-6 pm on Saturday 23 November for The Future Perfect, exploring the archive and our interactions with it. 

Reflecting on the changing perspectives and multiplicity of archives - from a realm of deep storage to a fluid and generative resource - The Future Perfect explores how archives become entangled with the present moment.  

Speakers: Sue Breakell, Alice O'Hanlon, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, with panel discussion hosted by Nayia Yiakoumaki and contributions from Lila Matsumoto, Panya Banjoko and Naomi Pearce.

For more information and to book a free place, please go to:


The International Placement Scheme (IPS) is an annual programme providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral-level research assistants.

The purpose of the call (described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’) is to provide early career researchers (ECR), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/ expertise held at the IPS institutions. These IPS institutions are seven world-leading, international institutions:

The AHRC recently hosted an information session for potential IPS applicants, please find the slides below: IPS Slides 2020

For further inforamtion please visit:


This is for a conference at Tate Britain entitled Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to Now, taking place in March 2020. We are keen to showcase inventive new research and fresh perspectives on notions and practices of collage, and to explore its currency in the contemporary context today. 

Conference: Call for Papers
Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to Now
Tate Britain, London 27–28 March 2020

The Humanities DTP at De Montfort University is a series of events for PhD students held on Wednesdays. These events typically include a free lunch and are open to all M4C students. The sessions run on a range of different topics including managing your research; using data in the humanities; archives; programming; how to get published; academic careers and two hands on sessions setting type for letter-press printing. The events are of course also a valuable opportunity to meet PhD students and academics in partner institutions. 

You do not need to book in order to attend the sessions but you are asked to email Dr Anna Blackwell ( if you wish to attend so that we have accurate numbers for catering - including if you have any particular catering requirements. 

All but one of the events are held in the Clephan building on the DMU campus (building number 8 on the map which is only a 15-20 minute walk from Leicester railway station. Attached is a document that lists of all the events for the year but please find below details of this and next week's session. Please note that you can attend either of the sessions or both. 

Beginner's Hands-on class in letter-press printing (PART 1)

When? 4-6PM, Wednesday 13 November 2019

Where? Clephan, 0.31

Who? Dr Takako Kato

Why? This session gives hands-on experience in setting type by hand - which is the way all books were made until the 20th century - and the imposing of it to make pages that will then be printed on the Centre for Textual Studies' 19th-century Albion printing press. 

This first session will set the type and next week will print from it. You may attend both sessions or just one. 

 Please note that this session won't involve catering due to the chemicals used in printing. 

Beginner's Hands-on class in letter-press printing (PART 2) 

When? 4-6PM, Wednesday 20 November 2019

Where? Clephan, 0.31

ue 26 November 6pm        

 What’s Happening

Whilst the #MeToo movement brought the inequality faced by women to the forefront of culture, women directors remain the minority in Hollywood.  Using a screening of the inspiring documentary Half the Picture as a springboard for discussion, this event will explore the reasons behind this gender inequality as well as celebrating the many successes of ground-breaking women directors. Presented as part of doctoral research on women in American independent cinema and brought to you by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Amy Adrion (via Skype) and scholars Laraine Porter (DeMontfort University) and Dr Claire Jenkins (University of Leicester).

Director: Amy Adrion

Certificate: 18

(Please note that this rating is due to not currently having a BBFC rating and not to any explicit content within the film itself. Contains some bad language)

Half the Picture consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.

Half the Picture also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.

To book your tickets please visit:

M4C in partnership with the Brilliant Club are pleased to announce a NEW workshop designed to give you a chance to bolster your teaching CV.

About this Event

This workshop will cover: designing an engaging session and an introduction to pedagogy

Using your own area of research expertise as a starting point, this interactive day offers valuable tips and tricks to engage with your audience, translate your research to new audiences and understand current approaches to pedagogy. Whether you have taught before, or are completely new to lecturing/teaching, you will find this workshop useful.

• 10:00-10:15: Registration

• 10:15-10:30: Welcome

• 10:30-12:30: Introduction to pedagogy

• 12:30-13:30: Lunch (provided by M4C)*

• 13:30-16:00: Designing an engaging session

• 16:00-16:30: Close and Feedback

To register for this event, please visit:

Find out more about the AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS)

A representative from the AHRC and previously successful students are delivering a workshop for the WRCoCAH DTP and Midlands4Cities to provide advice and guidance on applying for IPS funding

The workshop is being held at the University of Leeds (room TBC)

from 10.00 – 12.00 noon

on 13th November 2019

Register here: IPS application workshop

The aims of the International Placement Scheme are to:

Provide early career researchers (ECR), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*- funded doctoral students, with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/ expertise held at the seven IPS institutions

  • Enhance the depth, range and quality of research activities conducted by scholars
  • Create opportunities for networking with other international scholars at those institutions

The host organisations for the IPS scheme are seven world-leading, international institutions:



Doctoral Open Days

The Open Days are designed for first year PhD students who are new to the Library, offering the opportunity to hear from our expert and friendly staff students and network with their peers, in all disciplines and from across the UK. To find out more, visit:

These days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating our physical and online collections. Each day will present generic tools and helpful hints, with reference to a different thematic area or time period of the Library’s collection, providing a starting point for the Student’s own research at the Library.  As such students are encouraged to choose the event they feel is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the options below:

  • Asian & African Collections: Monday 20 January                                                             


This paper examines the genre of the postcard—a popular technology for the transmission of memory—in order to understand the spatiotemporal politics of Anthropocene imagining. Prof Wenzel is particularly interested in apocalyptic visions of environmental futurity that borrow images of contemporary Third World poverty and ecological degradation in order to posit them as the First World’s future. While Europe’s others were once seen as inhabiting a lesser past, now they're seen as inhabiting its projected future inferior. The consequences of carbon accumulation in the future are imagined to look a lot like being on the wrong end of capital accumulation in the present, with little acknowledgement of the shared but uneven history that joins them. These are among the thought grooves of the status quo that are so difficult to escape, at least from within the inertia of the fossil-fuelled “chain of ease.” Like so much else, the future will be unevenly distributed.”

Please see the full seminar series programme available on our website here.


Intersections, the annual conference dedicated to work of post-graduate and early-career researchers, held at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Intersections 2020 will take place on 23rd and 24th January 2020. The topic of this year's conference is The precarious nature of the new university: the prospects, problems and aspirations of ‘early career’ theatre and performance researchers.

The CFP can found on the central website:

The Centre for Digital Cultures at the University of Birmingham is hosting a two day event to showcase the work of current and future researchers in Digital Cultures on the 6th and 7th of November 2019.

Day 1: Wed 6 Nov: 13:00-18:00

The first day will be aimed at UG and MA students with introductions to key themes in the field, discussion of central theorists and relevant writers from other fields, and with a focus on writing essays and dissertations on Digital Cultures topics.

Day 2: Thu 7 Nov: 13:00-18:00

The second day is for researchers at all levels, with a greater focus on research methods, developing funded projects, and presentations of current research in digital cultures.


All are welcome at both days and you do not need to have existing expertise in digital cultures. Please do circulate to other staff and students who may be interested in attending; the event is free, but registration is essential. Please RSVP using our event page:



Call for Participants:


Both days will be collaborative and participatory, and we invite you to contribute to the following sessions:

Day 1: Theory Pitch: Introduce a theorist you think is important for your work or for Digital Cultures more broadly (5-10 minutes).

Day 2: Research Showcase: Share an aspect of your research, with an emphasis on though-provoking ideas, problems, and other discussion points (10-15 minutes).


To contribute to either, or both, of these sessions, please email Matt Hayler and Dorothy Butchard at by the 21st of October 2019.