Departmental Research Seminars
The department runs a series of academic staff/postgraduate research seminars throughout the year which research students are expected to attend. These are given by members of staff, PhD students and outside speakers, sometimes in combination, and supply an excellent opportunity for the graduate community to meet and engage in more general discussion. The programme is published via the department website and notice boards, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/theatre_s/
Postgraduate Research Students Working Group
PGR students are invited to attend semi-informal working group meetings twice per term as and when they are scheduled by the DGS or students themselves. These 2-hour seminar/workshop sessions are intended for PGR students to nurture exchanges relating to their respective research areas and to broaden the range of their general knowledge. Often students seize the opportunity to present their work or run short workshops, or guest contributors are invited to speak on specific practical or theoretical matters. (Previous contributors have included publishers, librarians as well as academics addressing topics such as practice-as-research and historiography). Essentially it is a forum in which PGRs are encouraged to set the agenda and fulfil whatever collective research needs they may have. It is a means of keeping in touch with other PGRs in the department and also serves as useful preparation towards the day-long annual postgraduate symposium held in the summer.
Workshops on translating your research into teaching
In 2015-16, the DGS ran an IATL-funded strategid project to develop this aspect of PGR development in the department. Details on the project and outcomes were collated as a short film whcih can be viewed at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/funding/fundedprojects/strategic/hutchison/#final_report.
These workshops will be offered again in the department, and it is hoped that new PGR students will sign up for the opportuntiy to learn about various pedagogies and experience teaching related to their own research. (For more on teaching, see below).
In the summer term of each year the department holds a day-long symposium at which postgraduate research students make presentations on aspects of their research or their research plans. Often students seize the opportunity to rehearse conference papers they are due to give in the near future. The audience is made up of fellow graduate students, departmental staff and, where possible, the subject-specific librarian. The event has a dual purpose: to provide you with an opportunity to present your work to a larger audience, and to receive informed and interested feedback from other theatre and performance researchers. Furthermore, the day incorporates sessions giving advice on questions of postgraduate resourcing and training, as well as soliciting general feedback from students regarding departmental provision.
Enrolment & Induction
The Welcome to Warwick programme is a new integrated induction for international and EU undergraduates with all postgraduate students. For information on Enrolment and University Induction Programmes, please see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/international/welcometowarwick
The department encourages new students to meet with their supervisors as soon as they arrive.
We also would like to invite all new students to attend the meeting with DGS at 3.00, then meet the current PGR students at 3.30, prior to the first departmental research seminar in week 2 of term 1.
The primary site of your research induction and training is the tutorial with your supervisor. Given the diversity of work in theatre and performance studies and of individual research projects, the department does not encourage a prescriptive approach to methodology or research training and it provides no specific formal research induction programme itself. If students have individual questions or problems relating to research methods and skills, and feel that advice or support from outside the department would be helpful, they should discuss this with their supervisor. The department may consider the funding of a specific training session, if a proposal is submitted to and supported by the supervisor. These and other courses not directly related to your research, including those below, are viewable and bookable at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/gsp/professionaldevelopment/
Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence (CADRE) - http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cadre/
CADRE (the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence) is the Faculty of Arts doctoral training hub. As a PhD student in the Faculty you have automatic access to all CADRE events and resources. Year 1 students are expected to take part in the four week Introduction to Arts Doctoral Research programme. Students who are further on in their studies are encouraged to participate in the more advanced sessions on offer. In particular, attendance at the four week Transition from Arts Doctoral Research programme is recommended for students in their penultimate and final year of study.
Deliver a Peer Development Exchange workshop - CADRE has bursaries available for second and third year students who would like to share their expertise with other students in the Faculty via a seminar or workshop. This is not simply a conference presentation on your work to date, but rather a development workshop for other PhD students. Consider aspects of your work which may have wider appeal across the Faculty. See the CADRE website to view examples of previous workshops.
Organise your departmental Postgraduate conference. This is the perfect development opportunity for second and third years. All departments in the Faculty hold a student run PG conference or symposium in May. Join the organising committee to develop key skills in shortlisting abstracts, chairing conference sessions and running the event on the day. All departmental events are part of the CADRE Festival of Postgraduate Research, so look out for twilight development sessions offered as part of the programme.
Take part in the RSSP poster competition or 3 minute thesis competition. During your second and third year you should be learning how to explain your research to a non-specialist audience. The RSSP programme offers you the opportunity to get some feedback on your poster design skills, and also on your verbal presentation.
The library also runs information management programmes via RSSP. See: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/scs/pgr/workshops/researchskills/
See Jenny Delasalle, J dot Delasalle at warwick dot ac dot uk for general academic research support in the library and Richard Perkins R dot Perkins at warwick dot ac dot uk for subject-specific assistance.
The University offers a range of training programmes. Information on these programmes is available on the University website. See
Researcher blogs and guides
See the Wolfson Research Exchange website and PG hub both of which have a wealth of researcher authored guides for staff and students: http://go.warwick.ac.uk/researchexchange http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/gsp/current/facilities/pghub/
There is also the PhD Life blog where students are interacting: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researchexchange/
And the Researcher to Researcher blog where staff are contributing: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researcherlife
English language skills programmes and workshops
The Centre for Applied Linguistics runs a range of pre- and in-sessional English language learning programmes geared towards research students: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/
Postgraduate Research, Conference and Practice-as-Research Subvention
The School encourages postgraduates to attend and give papers (when it is appropriate to do so) at national and international conferences. Postgraduate research students have in recent years presented at or contributed to International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Performance Studies International (PSi) and Theatre and Performance Research Association (TAPRA) conferences. The School encourages postgraduate students to seek initial funding through the Graduate School and other internal and external bodies such as the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) at Millburn House, but aims to enable attendance within reason at any legitimate conference or where attendance will substantially enhance their research. Postgraduates should discuss their plans with their supervisors in the first instance and all applications to the department should be directed to the DGS using the 'request to spend approval form' on the PGR webpage.
The annual cash allocation to research students may be spent on items other than merely conference visits. Funds can be used for such things as archive/fieldwork visits, skills training, printing/binding, workshops and so on. The main criterion is that the spending relates directly to necessary expenses incurred in the conducting of the research student's studies (but that does not mean visits to Warwick if you are resident elsewhere). Claim forms and receipts should be given to the Department’s administrator, Sarah Shute, who will also record individual’s spending from year to year. PGRs are advised to keep their own records of their spending. For students enrolling from October 2013 onwards a maximum of £500 (full-time) and £300 (part-time) per year per individual student will normally be made available, implying a total of £1500. Students being co-supervised with another department are eligible for half those amounts. For practice-as-research students a separate fixed amount is set aside to assist with costs towards practical examinations. This is a nominal amount, applicable to the whole period of study, as follows: £200 PhD, £120 MPhil, £75 MA. PaR students may also use some of their annual £500 maximum allocation towards developmental practical work as appropriate and in agreement with their supervisors and the DGS.
PGR Teaching Opportunities
The Department aims to provide teaching opportunities for all PGRs that desire it, as and when it becomes available and appropriate. This provision is discretionary and usually organised in consultation with module convenors, postgraduate supervisors and the Head of School. This may involve running seminars as part of lecture-based modules, delivering one-off lectures or seminars on specialist areas, or running practical workshop-based projects.
Information of training available for PG students wishing to teach is available from http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/teaching_learning/pgr
There is a Theatre Studies PGR workroom (room G51) on the ground floor of Millburn House that is exclusively for PGR and PGT Theatre and Performance Studies students. Please see Kate Brennan or Jennie Sharp to obtain the code to the room.
There is also a a purpose-built space shared with Film Studies and History of Art postgraduates which is situated on the first floor of the Film Studies department in room A1.07, accessible with your Warwick identity card. There are separate rooms for private study but also common areas and kitchen facilities.
Senate House (next to Warwick Arts Centre), has made available significant study space for the use of all PGR students (the postgraduate hub). Practice-based postgraduate students are at liberty to book available studio or edit suite space insofar as it is available during term time (see Kate Brennan, departmental secretary room G29 or email C.Brennan@warwick.ac.uk). However, they are advised to make principal use of space during vacations – particularly the summer months – when it is unlikely to be in use for teaching purposes. See also IATL practical facilities (below).
The Faculty provides dedicated PGR study space within the Humanities building, to book, go to http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cadre/current_students/hotdesks/
Staff/Student Liaison Committee
The Staff/Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) provides a forum for discussing ideas and addressing problems relating to the operation of the Department from a student perspective. It forms the basis for students’ views to be considered within the Department and on senior university committees and is a formal means of gauging student opinion on academic matters.
The Students’ Union takes an active interest in SSLCs and provides training for departmental representatives. It also issues a very useful handbook on the functions of SSLCs which is available from the Students’ Union. The Union organises training sessions for SSLC representatives, usually held on campus in Week 7 (at the weekend).
The SSLC for Theatre and Performance Studies PGR community usually comprises of 3 PGR students, who meet with the UG student representtaives, a PGT student, the subject librarian, an undergraduate and postgraduate arts faculty rep, the staff convenor and the Head of Department. The committee meets once or twice a term. The postgraduate representatives are chosen by the department’s research students, and remain in post for as long as is agreed by the student group.
The SSLC is not a forum to discuss individual problems. As a rule, student representatives should seek the opinion of a significant number of students on issues to be discussed. These issues will vary greatly, but recurrent themes include syllabus, examinations and assessment, library provision, computing and welfare issues.
Humanities Research Centre/RSSP conference funding
The University’s Humanities Research Centre (HRC) provides funding for Warwick-based conferences and runs a Doctoral Fellowship Competition, providing current students with a small budget to run a one-day conference. The HRC also offers some funding towards conference travel. Recently it has developed an HRC Scholars Scheme for PhDs which seeks to nurture collective, interdisciplinary projects on a specific theme amongst Arts Faculty students and Theatre and Performance Studies candidates have been selected to become involved. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc
IATL and IAS
The Institutes for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and Advanced Study (IAS), the former based at Senate House, the latter at Millburn House, run various funding programmes and initiatives that may prove relevant to PGRs at various stages of their research (or, in the case of IAS, towards the end of a study programme with its postdoctoral fellowship scheme). The former, for instance, offers pockets of funding for exploratory workshops and has practical studio space available for bookings (Humanities Studio).
On the first floor of the University Library there is a postgraduate reading room, accessed via a code lock. Apply at the Enquiry Desk for further details. There are also a limited number of library carrels (small personal study areas) available in the Library. It is important to apply at the very start of term should you wish to be allocated one. Joint applications are strongly encouraged and it is likely that most carrels will be allocated to more than one student in order to optimise their use.
On the ground floor of the Library there is another computer cluster, with 150 machines. Access is available 24 hours a day, using your library card for entry. A Help Desk is available during office hours.
Students may also access the Learning Grid at University House, and the Arts Faculty Graduate Space currently on the 4th floor of the Humanities Building.
Advice and Student Wellbeing
Your supervisor will be available to discuss personal issues to the extent that they impinge on academic matters. If you would prefer to speak to someone else, your first port of call should be your mentor, though the DGS or any member of the department will be happy to see you too should the need arise.
Outside of the department the Senior Tutor, who is also an active member of an academic department, promotes the academic welfare of students, individually and collectively. Along with the Counselling Service, the Senior Tutor’s Office provides a sympathetic person to whom students can turn to in confidence for support regarding difficulties with their studies: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/tutors/
The Student Union provides an Advice and Welfare Service independent of the University and can give information and guidance on all areas of university life.
Information on equality and diversity issues and the University’s policies regarding bullying and harassment can be found on the university website.
Warwick Graduate School
The Graduate School Office is a component part of the Academic Office and is responsible for all aspects of administration relating to postgraduate students and scholarships. In addition to providing administrative support, the Graduate School Office offers advice and assistance on all postgraduate matters and, if unable to handle a specific query, will direct you to a department in the University which can. The Graduate School Portal is the easiest way to access information and services. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/ourservices/gsp
Health and Safety
The Department website features important information regarding health and safety in the University. All students should familiarise themselves with the responsibilities and regulations plus procedures for reporting risks and accidents, particularly if you are liable to be working practically in studio or edit suite spaces.