Two exciting new PhD opportunities to be based in the School of Music

Applications are invited from prospective PhD candidates for one collaborative doctoral awards and one research network studentship, based within the School of Music

We are seeking highly motivated individuals, with academic and professional experience and a willingness to contribute to the research needs of our partners, to undertake fully funded doctoral research, supervised by members of academic staff and industry professionals in the following projects:

What’s the point? An evaluation of the impact of inclusive creative arts education programmes is a project that aims to understand and evaluate the impact of inclusive creative arts education programmes on a range of stakeholders. The project is a collaboration between the School of Music at the University of Leeds and Purple Patch Arts - a charitable company which aims to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities by providing innovative, inclusive, creative learning experiences for them and those who support them. Using mixed methods, the project will take a person-centred approach to develop ways for participants to have a voice to provide feedback on their experiences. The project will inform a strategy to gather rich data from stakeholders and to develop a sustainable resource for long-term evaluative work to continue beyond the project.

The second studentship on offer in the School is one of three doctoral research studentships in a new research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) with the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). Under the broader theme of Music making a difference: exploring inclusion and impact in community music networks, this research network will bring together expertise from psychology of music, ethnomusicology and music education. The network aims to tackle timely questions about the ways in which strong foundations for lifelong musical engagement are supported by organisations working locally and nationally with young people and adults.

Full details of the four studentships, including how to apply and timescales, are available on the website of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).

*Important note: upon selection by the Collaborative Doctoral Awards project teams to be put forward to WRoCAH, the applicant will be considered competitively within the main WRoCAH competition. Being put forward for consideration is not a guarantee of funding