Five new awards give doctoral students first-hand work experience

Queen Mary, University of London has been awarded four Collaborative Doctoral Awards (also known as CASE awards) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  These awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses.

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CASE awards provide the opportunity for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The support provided by both an academic and non-academic supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

The studentships encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners by providing access to resources and materials alongside knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available.  The studentships also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

The Queen Mary, University of London CASE Awards:

Academic: Paul Heritage

Queen Mary, University of London/Grupo Cultural AfroReggae

Brazilian based Grupo Cultural AfroReggae was formed in 1993 and has gone on to establish an international profile for its pioneering work in taking young people out of the drug/gang culture.  The project will study the application of AfroReggae’s methodologies for creating transformational arts work with young people.  The student will research the approaches of three UK cultural organisations that have a strong commitment to youth empowerment and community engagement through the arts particularly looking at how they learn from and adapt Brazilian models of stimulating youth leadership.

Academic: Brigit Escolme

Actors' Touring Company (ATC)

ATC is currently one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies, touring new work and innovative productions of contemporary and classic drama across the country and internationally. This Collaborative Doctoral Award project offers the student the opportunity to study contemporary theatre’s current and potential audiences through the work of ATC, its theatre productions and its outreach work.

Academics: Alison Blunt, Alastair Owens, Miles Ogborn, Kiera Vaclavik

The Child in the World

Three linked collaborative doctoral awards between the V&A Museum of Childhood and Queen Mary, University of London aim to understand the changing ways in which children in Britain have understood their relationship to the rest of the world through their everyday lives.

Project 1: Children and Empire

This project will examine the ways in which children living in Britain – especially London – between c. 1870 and 1930 engaged with the idea of empire through their everyday play and leisure activities.

Project 2: Children and Diaspora

This project will explore children’s experiences of migration, their diasporic connections with other places, and the ways in which both shape their sense of home, identity and the wider world.

Project 3: Children and Global Citizenship

This project asks two related questions which direct the research programme towards the present and the future.


To find out more about CASE Awards, please contact Gini Simpson on 0207 882 7003 or email