Research students

AHRC PhD Studentship: Basketball in the UK, An Examination of the Sport's Cultural Value and Contribution to National Sport Heritage

University of Central Lancashire - in Collaboration with The National Basketball Heritage Archive and Studies Centre (via the Sporting Heritage Network)

Reference Number (RS/18/03)

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil route) studentship in collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire and the National Basketball Heritage and Studies Centre. The studentship is funded by the AHRC, within the remit of its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme.

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Preston and Worcester 
Funding for: UK Students / EU Students 
Funding amount: £15,327 (per annum) 2018/19 rate
Hours: Full Time

It is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress ] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and an annual  maintenance grant (£15,327 per annum 2018/19 rates). Please note that residency restrictions apply and applicants should check the Annex 1 (Page 17) prior to applying.

Whilst the studentship is based  at the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston campus where the successful applicant will be required to attend regular supervision meetings and postgraduate training sessions, there will be a requirement to spend time in the NBHASC facility in Worcester to undertake research.

The studentship is also subject to the terms and conditions of the funding.

Project Title

Basketball in the UK: An examination of the sport’s cultural value and contribution to national sport heritage

Project Description

Established in 2016, the National Basketball Heritage Archive and Study Centre (NBHASC) is a new contributor to the country’s sport heritage landscape. Reflecting the sport’s approximately 120-year history within the UK and its strong supporter base, the NBHASC serves as the key repository for a raft of social and cultural artefacts associated with the sport and its followers. The project examines the collections and the organisational operation of the NBHASC, based at The Hive in Worcester. Unlike other sports in the UK, basketball originated from abroad and its development, histories, and cultural reference points have been influenced by its international (specifically American) origins. Transnational influences and exchange have shaped the sport’s organisational structures, participant demographics, fan culture and the production of heritage artefacts. As a tool for social development, basketball plays a discernible role in the lives of many young people, including those within Black, Migrant and Ethnic populations. Basketball is now ranked the second most popular sport in the UK among the 11-15-year-old demographic. The project will reflect upon the key aims of the NBHASC to 1) promote the contents of the collection to demonstrate basketball’s cultural and social value; and, 2) To develop and encourage activity that engages members of the basketball community and wider public with the sport’s histories and heritage.

The lead academic institution supervisor is John Hughson, Professor of Sport and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. The cultural institution supervisor is Dr Geoff Kohe, Director of the National Basketball Heritage Archive and Study Centre.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold before commencing the studentship) a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent qualification) and a Bachelor (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject area (museum studies, cultural studies, cultural/social history, cultural sociology, cultural policy or socio-cultural sport studies)

EU applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

Interested applicants are encouraged to email Professor John Hughson for further information about the studentship.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at quoting the studentship reference number: RS/18/03

Closing Date:      2 July 2018
Interview Date:   24 July 2018
Start Date:           1 October 2018

Application Form (docx 77.8KB)
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