Translating Equalities: Living and Learning Trans Identities in the UK

Translating Equalities: Living and Learning Trans Identities in the UK

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

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

Duration: Full time - between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2022

Interview dates: Mid-June 2022 (will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates)

Start date: September 2022

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Jaya Jacobo.


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Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Research Centre for Global Learning (GLEA), for a September 2022 start. The Centre conducts fundamental research that impacts upon the higher education sector, creating better futures and societies.

Project details

Translating Equalities explores the lives of trans* people within the context of education in the United Kingdom. The project will bring together trans*-identified individuals, community-based trans* organisations and educational providers within Britain in a timely in-depth investigation of trans* people’s experiences of in/equalities and the un/learning of identities through their lifecourse.

Specifically, the project will explore trans* educational experiences through formal schooling and representations and understandings of trans* in/equalities in formal and extra-curricular educational contexts through a combination of methods, including online surveys, lifecourse interviews and discussion groups.

Working with trans* people in a range of contexts across the country, the study envisions to scope and analyse representations and experiences of trans* identities in education through the lens of the following question: How do trans* identified students experience education in contemporary Britain?

The research aims to:

  • Engage trans* identified students within institutions and through the communities they traverse.
  • Develop deeper understandings of various forms of inequalities experienced by trans* people through their lifecourse and educational trajectories.
  • Transform knowledge production and dissemination in offering a particularly trans* epistemology to education.


This project is fully-funded, including Tuition Fee and Stipend/Bursary. 


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

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. 

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.

In addition

  • We are seeking candidates who have suitable knowledge and experience as regards trans* identities and equalities in education.

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Jaya Jacobo Please note all applications require the following:

  • full supporting documentation as required by the PGR+ application system
  • a covering letter
  • a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 
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