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LAHP/AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship (The Cultural Value of the Natural Voice Approach to Group Singing)

Closing date: 1 March 2020

Interview date: Please see LAHP website for application details

Salary: n/a

Applications are invited for a LAHP/AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at the Royal College of Music in collaboration with Natural Voice Network. This fully-funded studentship will commence in October 2020.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral students to work on a project in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships and to provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment. This project will develop a comprehensive understanding of the cultural value of the Natural Voice Network (NVN), a UK national singing network (Natural Voice Network, n.d.). It will consist of multiple iterative cycles of action research across 3 strands of inquiry:

  • Content analysis of the NVN’s historical contribution to peer-reviewed knowledge of cultural value (Months 1-12);
  • Collaborative inquiry with stakeholders using Participatory Action Research (PAR) (Chevalier and Buckles, 2013) methods to build a phenomenological understanding of Natural Voice group singing as it is experienced by its stakeholders (Months 7-24);
  • Creating case studies of good practice to illustrate the findings of the research and inform future practice (Months 12-30).

As a LAHP student, the successful candidate will have full access to the LAHP Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 90 students per year.


LAHP studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the necessary residency requirements. Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and a Masters-level qualification or equivalent which meets AHRC requirements for research training. Applicants with relevant work/professional experience who are considering doing a PhD are also encouraged to apply.

Full details of all available projects and the application process can be found on the LAHP website.

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Equal Opportunities Form

Completed forms should be returned by post or email to Dr Dave Camlin, Academic Lead:

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS



If you are applying by email, please state clearly in the subject line the title of the post for which you are applying.

The Royal College of Music is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you need to receive this documentation in a different format due to a disability, please contact Dr Dave Camlin to discuss your requirements.

All applicants must be permitted to work in the UK and hold a relevant work permit where necessary.


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