Blog

Our blog posts are mostly written by researchers funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership or involved with its events.

PhD Survival: 7 Bullets To Dodge* (Pete Kalu)

The poet, Coleridge was famously interrupted as he was writing his brilliant work, Kubla Khan. He said he dreamt the entire poem (some reaearchers say possibly under the influence of opium!) then sat down to write it.  He was halfway through when someone knocked on...

Applications now open

The NWCDTP Studentship Competition for 2017/18 is now open. The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm GMT on Friday 10 February 2017. To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at one of the seven NWCDTP institutions by...

Confessions of A Secret Art Lover

I’m a writer but sometimes I get sick of writers.  Then I hang out with visual artists.  I like to listen to agonising about light, shade, colour, shape, framing etc.  I feel they are indirectly talking to me about my own work.  Recently, I found myself looking at the...

The Joy of the Archive (Seán Hewitt)

This summer, thanks to funding from the NWCDTP and the British Association of Irish Studies, I spent a week in the archives at Trinity College Dublin, looking at the papers of J.M. Synge. I’ve been to the archives before on shorter visits, but there’s nothing like a...

Bum notes: The poor language of arts professionals

Blog post by Frances Williams, PGR policy correspondent for the Art of Devolution Conference. Director of the Whitworth, Maria Balshaw, began her keynote speech at the conference, The Art of Devolution: Culture and the North, by quoting at length from an editorial in...

An Interview with Common Ground

We had a chat with Pauline Hadaway and Sarah Feinstein, organisers of a new research community, 'Common Ground'. Back in May 2016, Pauline and Sarah convened a one-day conference, partly funded by the NWCDTP, at the University of Manchester. In their own words,...