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Our students

Our student community is distinguished by breadth and diversity in the people and projects that make up M4C. Connecting across the Midlands, our students are part of a dynamic network of postgraduate researchers, with opportunities to collaborate on research and training throughout the doctoral experience.

For all M4C student profiles visit the the virtual postgraduate platform

In their own words

Sofia Aatkar

  • Thesis: “Strangers to these shores; strangers to themselves”: An Exploration of Caribbean-British Travel Writing 
Sofia Aatkar 2018
Midlands4Cities actively encourages its students to undertake placements and to participate in public engagement activities. Their support allowed me to complete a two-month placement with Peepal Tree Press and gain valuable experience in the publishing field. It also supported travel-writing workshops that I co-organised with people of Caribbean descent and helped fund a subsequent anthology called Caribbean Journeys.

Tom Weir

  • Thesis: Learning Disability and Sport: A history 1960-2012
Thomas Weir 2018
M4C offers myriad training courses that have helped improve my public speaking, creativity in writing and career-focused networks. The public speaking workshops, in particular, certainly helped me to succeed in winning my own institution’s ‘3 minute thesis’ competition. The training has been great for developing skills as well as providing a great social setting to meet fellow PhD students.

Helen Tatlow

  • Thesis: Why adapt Kleist?: the works of Heinrich von Kleist in anglophone translation and adaptation
Helen Tatlow 2018
Inspired by training on careers in the creative sector and my research interest in theatre, I completed a placement with the Nottingham Puppet Festival. I was a member of the Festival Steering Group and managed a team of around 50 volunteers. I had a terrific time, worked with some extraordinary people (and puppets!) and the experience has given me a platform to pursue a career within arts organisations.

Amna Nazir

  • Thesis: Islamic member state justification for the use of the death penalty within the Universal Periodic Review 
Amnar Nazir 2018
Being an M4C research student has been the best decision I made. Co-supervised across two amazing universities, I have been able to see my research in practice by visiting the UN office in Geneva, present at key international conference, facilitate an exhibition in Dubai, and organize an Interdisciplinary Human Rights Conference and an Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Symposium. It truly allows you to grow beyond the PhD.