Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship: An Oral History of England and Team GB Women’s International Hockey Representatives 1951-2016

The Hockey Museum LogoThe University of Wolverhampton and The Hockey Museum Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship: An Oral History of England and Team GB Women’s International Hockey Representatives 1951-2016                                  

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Title: Ref: 2017/HMAHRC "An Oral History of England and Team GB Women’s International Hockey Representatives 1951-2016"

Qualification Type: PhD

Location: Walsall

Funding amount: The studentships consist of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend in line with the RCUK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2017/18 is £14,553 for 3.5 years. In addition, the student will be awarded an extra flat rate of £550 per annum for the first three years, and £275 for the last six months of the studentship under the CDP scheme guidelines, mainly intended to facilitate travel.

Hours: Full-time

Funding and eligibility:

Applicants will have a good first degree (equivalent to UK 2.1 or better), or a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional qualifications and experience.

The Bursary will cover RCUK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2017/18 is £14,553 for living expenses and, additionally, fees up to the advertised UK/EU full time PhD tuition fee. Potential applicants from non UK/EU countries should be aware that, if successful, they will be responsible for funding the difference between UK/EU fees and International full-time fees, and that these fees are likely to be uprated on an annual basis..

The University of Wolverhampton and The Hockey Museum Arts AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship Background

The University of Wolverhampton and The Hockey Museum are delighted to announce that the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have approved funding for a collaborative PhD post to be jointly supervised by The University of Wolverhampton and The Hockey Museum. The title of the research project is “An Oral History of England and Team GB Women’s International Hockey Representatives 1951-2016” and it aims to produce a collective biography of women who have represented England and GB over the last 60 years.  The work will specifically look at the women who played in the 41 Wembley international matches between 1951 and 1991, the Women’s Hockey World Cups between 1974 and 2014 and as part of Team GB at the Olympic Games from 1980 to 2016. 

Research will include archival research, as well as collected oral histories, of England International players from 1951 to the 2016 Olympics and, where appropriate, their family members and the administrators, medical and coaching staff who enabled the players to travel on behalf of their national teams. The grant is for a 3½ year period starting in September 2017 with at least 6 months spent on-site at Woking supporting a range of museum activities at The Hockey Museum.

The topic is timely and significant because women’s work as national representatives of England and, at the Olympic Games as Team GB, used to be amateur but is now increasingly professional. This chronology evidences women’s improved specialisation as elite players and a consequent broader public recognition, as shown by the gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

The academic lead for the research will be the sports historian and heritage consultant, Professor Jean Williams. Jean has considerable experience of researching sporting history, legacy and heritage, particularly women’s sport and including hockey’s rich past. The supervision panel includes other specialists Dr Kay Biscomb of the University of Wolverhampton and Dr Katie Dodd, of The Hockey Museum. The award of this significant grant is recognition of The Hockey Museum’s commitment to undertaking an authoritative programme of research that in time will support us being able to tell the story of the development of the world game ahead of the International Hockey Federation’s centenary in 2024.

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The student will be expected to develop a PhD study which makes a unique contribution to knowledge.

The studentship will have the opportunity to draw upon the interdisciplinary expertise and internationally leading research of the supervisory team. In addition, the studentship will be incorporated into and the existing activities of the Institute of Sport and the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton, as well as the wider research student community.

It is also expected that the candidate will make connections to key stakeholders within the wider hockey community and related heritage and museum volunteers.

For an informal discussion about the project, please contact Dr Katie Dodd or Professor Jean Williams

Application Process

Applicants are invited to submit an application form with names of three academic referees who may be contacted immediately, together with a 250 word summary that sets out clearly which area mentioned above is of interest and how the qualifications and career aspirations of the applicant matches the subject area.

A complete application will consist of the following documents:

  • A fully completed application form.
  • A 250 word summary indicating the area of research interest and how your qualifications and career aspirations match the subject area.
  • The names and full contact details of three academic referees who have agreed to act in this capacity and who can be contacted immediately.

Completed applications should be submitted by email to:

Please note that all bursaries offered are subject to the University regulations and continuation from one year to the next is contingent upon satisfactory progress. All Studentships offered by the University are subject to the relevant University regulations and the student, supervisor, and examiners handbooks published on the University website, and nothing in this document supersedes these regulations and handbooks.

Application Documents 

You will need the following documentation to apply:

  1. Research Degree Studentship Application Form (Word doc 131k)
  2. Summary Form (Word doc 46k)
  3. Academic References Form (Word doc 48k)

Closing date for applications is Friday 28th July 2017