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Postgraduate Community

PGR students in CAMC are supported by expert and engaged supervisors, as well as a larger scholarly community within the Centre that provides opportunities for exchanges of research and ideas between students and staff.

A calendar of events in CAMC is complemented by an active programme of lectures, workshops and masterclasses within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Our co-sponsored PhD studentships allow students to work with partners in the arts and creative industries  beyond the university, and to gain valuable experience in cultural and practical research. CAMC’s uniquely transdisciplinary focus promotes a vital sharing of methods, approaches and viewpoints that enrich every student’s experience, while within specialised disciplines they develop expertise within an environment of collegiality.

  • Name Email Research Title Supervisor
    Fatima-Zohra Souad Belalem Decolonising the Female Mind through Madness in the Contemporary Arabic and Afro-American Novel Hilary Nesi
    Ikram Berkani Art, Gender and Disability in Mosteghanemi's Triology of Novels Hilary Nesi
    Imane Bouchakour Rethinking Normalcy and Deviance: On Socially Constructed Identities in William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury (1929) Hilary Nesi
    Molly Browne Benefit of horticultural, outdoor and nature-based activities for people living with dementia and cognitive impairment  Louise Moody
    Eleanor Cook At Home in Coventry 1945 - 1970 Imogen Racz
    Susie Cowley-Haselden Strengthening the classification of generic pre-sessionals for postgraduates Sheena Gardner
    Lottie Crawford   Juliet Simpson
    Jennifer Dudley Mutability, Materiality and Meaning in Sculpture Made by Women (1977-1990) Imogen Racz
    Zoe Gazeley-Eke A linguistic ethnographical investigation into the need for English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) in Fashion Sheena Gardner
    Carole Griffiths   Imogen Racz
    Georgina Homer   Judith Mossman
    Hugh Jenkins   Jim Clarke
    Rebecca Key     Damian Sutton
    Sara Lahlouhi A Corpus-based Analysis of the Linguistic Needs of Future Architects Hilary Nesi
    Matthew Macaulay British Abstract Painters and Pedagogy from 1975 to 2005 Graham Chorlton
    Anthony Martin Housewatch: 1985-97 Cinematic architecture for the pedestrian. Investigation into the evolution of their practice and collaboration Jill Journeaux
    Priya Mathew An Investigation of student writing in Civil Engineering: A corpus linguistics case study in the Middle East Hilary Nesi
    Joanna Meredith   Juliet Simpson
    Julie O'Neill   Imogen Racz
    Fares Rezoug A Study of the Organisational Structure and Phraseology of Algerian Engineering MSc Dissertations with Reference to their American Counterparts Hilary Nesi
    Abdi Rahmat Syam Intelligibility and Indonesian accented English Sheena Gardner
    Christopher Turner Towards a New Pedagogical Approach to Some and Any Based on Large-Scale Corpus Analysis Hilary Nesi
    Cipto Wardoyo Realization of advice speech acts performed by global Islamic preachers on YouTube Sheena Gardner
    Yan Yan Yeung Exploring Bilingual Lexicography in Contemporary China from the 'Usefulness' Point of View Hilary Nesi
  • Our two successful 2021 CAMC Venice Fellows, Joanna Meredith (PhD Candidate, Art History) and Sara Lahlouhi (PhD candidate, Languages and Literatures) take up their British Council Venice Fellowships in May, joining a series of themed Biennale events (online) in collaboration with the British Pavilion and architects Madeleine Kessler's and Manijeh Verghese's ground-breaking work, The Garden of Privatised Delights.

  • Our two 2021 Fellow-Residents, Carole Griffiths (CAMC, Fine Artist-Art History) and Dr Marie-Louise Crawley (C.-Dare, Dance and Creative Heritage) take up their HHT residencies in Church Cottage (above) in Spring and Autumn 2021. Carole’s project in the Art House – Home of Dis/Content is to create an installation exploring new visual and material imaginaries of the home as a lived space of art. Marie-Louise’s project on Monumental Bodies, Monumental Acts: Dance as Radical Archaeology, will develop new artistic modalities of dance at the intersection of body and museum, that engage potent new expressions of cultural heritage and memory-making.

CAMC Postgraduate Team

A dedicated PGR Director within CAMC is a first point of contact for potential students, offering support in the application process and in aligning students’ interests with a supervisory team who can guide the project to completion. Our PGR Tutor within CAMC provides sustained support and information throughout the PhD course, encouraging students to participate in Centre and Faculty research events and helping to arrange for students to present their work nationally and to collaborate with external arts and cultural partners during their studies.

Professor Sheena Gardner


Professor Sheena Gardner is Midlands 4 Cities (M4C) site director for Coventry University and Postgraduate Research Director for the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities. Sheena can advise on applications for AHRC funding through the Midland 4 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. As PGR Director for CAMC, she can advise applicants on the PGR+ admissions process at Coventry. Please contact her if you are applying to study in CAMC for a research degree. Visit Sheena's Pure Profile

CAMC success stories

Our alumni are working as university lecturers, curators, artists and in the creatve industries.

  • Daniel Pryde-Jarman, who since gaining his doctorate in 2013, has continued as an artist, writer, setting up artist spaces, and has lectured widely, now being Course Leader for the BA and MA Fine Art at Hereford College of Arts.
  • Zahrah Algamdi gained her PhD in 2014 in Fine Art, and now lectures at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, exhibits widely, and represented Saudi Arabia at the Venice Biennale in 2019. 
  • Siân Alsop gained her PhD in 2015. She developed a visualization tool for Engineering lectures as part of her PhD project and is now a full time Research Fellow in GLEA, the Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University.
  • Helen Gørrill gained her PhD on contemporary British Painting in 2017, co-supervised with the RCA, and has since published widely, including a monograph based on her PhD with I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury. She curates, is active as an artist, and lectures at a number of universities.
  • Xiaoyu Xu joined us with a degree in Sociology, completed a PhD (2017) on evaluation in research articles, and is now a lecturer in English at City University in Hong Kong.
  • Lauren Walden gained her PhD in 2019 in Art History, has had articles published and has been a lecturer at the University of Leicester, and is a post-doc at Birmingham City University.
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