Job and funding opportunities: Senior Research Associate and Studentship


University of East Anglia, Senior Research Associate. Participatory Arts and DIY Culture Project

£32,004 to £38,183 per annum


Participatory Arts and DIY Culture is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with Professor McKay to explore a series of questions around participatory arts, community practice and/or DIY culture, and to produce a series of outputs (review, academic outputs, relevant events) in liaison with him, partners, and the Connected Communities administrative team at UEA.


This full-time post is available from 24 April 2017 for a fixed term period of 12 months.


Closing date: 12 noon on 13 March 2017.


Further particulars and an application form are available on the UEA website.


University of South Wales, Part-time fees-only MPhil/PhD Scholarship.

From the cricket club house to dominoes and dancing: Wellbeing, ageing Caribbean migrants, and the role and value of community-based sports and leisure activities.




Although physical activity (PA) in older people is critically important in the prevention of disease, extension of active independent living, and improvement of wellbeing, and participation in meaningful leisure produces benefits for older adults, there is very limited research on older migrants’ informal leisure pursuits involving physical activity across the life course. Recent work conducted by Hylton et al (2015) emphasises the specific need for a more sophisticated insight into the socio-cultural reasons why Black and minoritised ethnic groups take part in sports like cricket. The focus of this studentship is on the role and value of community-based sports and leisure activities for Caribbean older men and women living in the UK. Drawing on a current AHRC -funded study – – links have already been established with a club based in Cardiff, and the clubs they compete against based in Wolverhampton, Coventry, Oxford, and London. There will be scope to explore these connections in greater detail, or for new and different connections to be made.


What can we learn by mapping the social spaces and places in which physical and leisure activities take place (e.g., the cricket field, the dominoes table, the dance floor), by exploring the journey taken with the move from cricket to dominoes, and by examining the shifting social ties and networks of first generation ageing migrants that has sustained such activities? These are just some framing questions and we welcome submissions that explore any combination of these interconnections or those that narrow down specifically to one.


We welcome proposals that address Black Caribbean Domino club culture in the UK. The research questions underpinning the proposals should be theoretically informed, methodologically sound, and be contextualised within (for example) current diasporic/transnational, ageing and emplacement, sports, leisure and wellbeing research. We welcome in particular proposals that are attuned to the challenges and opportunities of working within a critical race theory and intersectional paradigm. We welcome proposals that include ‘beyond text’ methods of engagement and data collection and therefore are attentive to the value of non-tangible, affective elements of social life.


Supervisory team:


Professor Kevin Hylton (Leeds Beckett University)
Dr Roiyah Saltus (University of South Wales)




Applicants should normally have an upper second class degree or a Masters in a relevant discipline. Experience of working in a Black, diasporic community context is essential. Experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research skills and methodologies is essential. Excellent oral and written English are a must, as are a commitment and enthusiastic approach to completing a higher research degree.


To apply please visit: and select ‘MPhil/PhD (Health) in the online portal.   You will need to upload a research proposal of no more than 2000 words (including reference list) to be considered for this opportunity.


The closing date is 31 March 2017.


The successful candidate will start in October 2017 and will be based at the University of South Wales.
For an informal discussion about the studentship please email Dr Roiyah Saltus or telephone: 01443 483194
For questions regarding the application process, please contact Llinos Spargo in the Graduate Research Office or telephone 01443 483568




This is a fees-only, part-time studentship. Fees will be paid at the UK/EU rate for up to four years. There will be funds to cover conferences, additional research methods training, books and study travel.