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M4C CDA: Commoning Digital Practices for Art and Culture

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees. Visit the M4C website for funding information.

Duration: Full time - up to four years

Application deadline: 12 January 2022

Interview dates: Interview date will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2022

To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Mel Jordan.

Image Credit: Climbing the Double Helix exhibition opening at NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, 2016. Photograph: Joe Brown


The Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University is inviting applications for a Midlands4Cities (M4C) Collaborative Doctoral Award project, supervised by Professor Mel Jordan in collaboration with NN Contemporary Art (NNCA).


Coventry University is proud to be one of eight universities in the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Doctoral Training Partnership.

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Project details

An innovative collaboration between NN Contemporary Art (NNCA) and the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC) sees a PhD candidate working with the art organisation to explore digital resources, tools and infrastructure with a view to democratising and disseminating art and culture locally within Northampton.

NNCA in collaboration with Library Stack are constructing a new lending library using the organisation's digital platforms. The idea is to develop a new type of digital curatorial activity that enables the use, presentation, loan and conservation of digital art. The intention is to utilise methods and resources inspired by the knowledge commons to curate and extend the organisation access, enabling subscribers to view digital artworks online.

The addition of a digital library will also benefit those who cannot easily visit the gallery in its physical location (be it for reasons to do with health, age, disability or social and economic inequality). The library will include content developed from its locale; from artists and writers that have a specific connection with NN Contemporary Art. Formats of materials include PDF zines, downloadable exhibitions, experimental sound compositions, magazines about experimental sound art, fonts channelling cultural histories, and political artworks in the form of custom browser extensions.


This project is fully-funded, including Tuition Fee and Stipend/Bursary. Find out more on the M4C website.


The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.

It provides:

  • Studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training
  • Expert supervision within and across our dynamic mix of university partners
  • Networking and collaboration across the Midlands, nationally and internationally
  • Links to leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners
  • Midlands Arts Programme (MAP), an extensive range of training opportunities

Find out more on the M4C website.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

In addition

The award-holder will be jointly supported by CPC and NCCA throughout the four years. At CPC the award-holder will receive doctoral research training and engage with the wider network of scholars on the COPIM and SPACEX projects. NCCA will provide supervision, mentoring and practical support in particular for the second year placement and Commoning Digital Practices Playbook distributed at a final event.

Candidate specification

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD at Coventry University:

  • A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), or an equivalent award from an overseas institution.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • An adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated by applicants whose first language is not English. The general requirement is a minimum overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, or the TOEFL iBT test with a minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in each of the four sections.

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Mel Jordan.

Please note

Candidates should apply to Coventry University and Midlands4Cities. Durther details of M4C requirements can be found on the M4C website.

All applications require full supporting documentation and a covering letter, plus a research proposal based within the selected theme/area of approx. 3000 words.

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