You will be allocated two supervisors who will provide regular expert supervision and feedback on your progress. At least one supervisor must be a member of staff within the Department of American and Canadian Studies. The second supervisor may be from another department or faculty at the University of Nottingham, or potentially from within the Midlands 4 Cities consortium (consisting of Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Leicester, University of Warwick, University of Coventry and De Montfort University).
Additional critical support short of credited supervision may be obtained from an outside expert steeped in the research being undertaken. The Director of the Black Studies PhD programme will meet with each prospective student and work closely with the Postgraduate Director within the Department in order to identify the best supervisory team. Students can take part in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which includes weekly work-in-progress seminars — where students and staff present their work — and a varied programme of visiting speakers. All students are required to attend the Arts Researcher Skills Programme, provided by the University's Graduate School. Additional reading groups and research skills development are offered by C3R.
The Director of the Black Studies PhD programme, along with the supervisory team, will provide advice on publishing and professional development and encourage students to organise and attend conferences, act as editors for postgraduate journals, and publish book reviews and articles. Students within the programme will benefit from the links and long-standing relationships that the Department of American and Canadian Studies, former students and current staff have with major presses including Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, University of California Press, University of Illinois Press, Liverpool University Press, Routledge and Palgrave. In addition, the programme is establishing links with universities in the US, such as Columbia University, that we hope will offer international opportunities for exchange and research study.
There are regular opportunities for postgraduate students to take part in outreach activities, public talks and Departmental events. In addition to serving as Departmental Outreach and Engagement Coordinators and Directors of our Black History and LGBT Month programmes, students are given logistical and financial support in order to run their own conferences and organise a week-long research retreat. Students within the Black Studies PhD programme will also have the opportunity to take on a Postgraduate Director role within the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, as well as the possibility of acting as a research assistant (depending on available hours) within specific research projects connected to C3R.
Students may also act as teaching assistants, after appropriate teacher training offered by the University and the school within the Department of American and Canadian Studies, or other areas within the university, depending on interest, experience and abilities. Teaching Assistants are supported and monitored by module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research within the Department of American and Canadian Studies and the Director of the Black Studies PhD programme.