Welcome to

The PGR Studio

Arts, Design & Media postgraduate researcher community

About The PGR Studio

The PGR Studio facilitates a critical mass of activity and information about postgraduate research student (PGR) provision at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM) at Birmingham City University.

An introduction to

The PGR Studio

Jacqueline Taylor

Lecturer in Research Practice

The PGR Studio seeks to promote an experimental, creative and practice-based space that resonates across all the academic Schools and disciplines in ADM. A studio can be an artists’ studio, a design studio, a recording studio, a rehearsal studio or a writing studio.

The PGR Studio aims to enhance the Arts, Design & Media PGR research community and student experience through supporting routes into and out of PhDs through professional and career development within and beyond Higher Education as well as the transition throughout PhD study. We run workshops, training, social events and other activities in partnership with our PGRs for our PGRs.

The PGR Studio Team

The PGR Studio is made up of a staff and student team

Our PGRs

View our PGRs and their profiles

Meet the

PGR Studio People

Charlie Sarson


Meet the

PGR Studio Team

Charlie Sarson


The PGR Studio Team.

The PGR Studio team is made up of staff and PhD students. Some more text here perhaps.

Our PGR’s

View our PGR’s and their profiles.

Interested in doing a


Tamadhar Alfahal

PhD Student

Interested in doing a PhD with the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University? As well as information here at The PGR Studio you can find out more information about the application process on the main University website in our four research degree areas:

You might also like to come along to one of our Thinking of Doing a PhD? workshops.

PGR Happenings

News, events, Twitter & Instagram feeds

Educating Ali

Educating Ali The following blog is by Dr Ali Haggett. Ali writes about her experiences of academia and her transition out of academic life and work. You can follow Ali's blog here. The 21st September 2018 was my last day working as an academic at one of the UK’s top...

A Day in the Life of a Research Professor

A Day in the Life of a Research Professor   David Roberts   5.30am: Wake up. It’s an old habit from my days of (a) commuting from West Worcestershire to Birmingham and (b) knowing I had to get into the Dean’s Office at 7am to do emails, sign forms and say hi to...

Routes out from the PhD: plans and provocations

The following is a plan and provocation for thinking about 'routes out' from the PhD in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.   ‘Routes out’ from the PhD might be interpreted as an instrumental and reductive term. Its utterance could very well make one want to...

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Tue 20

Thinking of Doing a PhD?

November 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wed 21

Viva Survival

November 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed 28

STEAMhouse tour

November 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dec 05

Coffee & Chat

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Workshops, training, events and support for and in partnership with our PGRs.

Pastoral support

Undertaking a PhD is an extremely rewarding experience, however there are inevitably times in the PhD journey that are challenging and affect both the student experience and wellbeing. These might relate to issues such as mental health, disability, financial...

PhD Mentoring

ADM PhD Mentoring facilitates interdisciplinary mentoring partnerships between Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) at different stages of their research and between current and completed PGRs with mutual concerns across Arts, Design & Media. It aims to ... Provide...

PGR Studio Conference

The PGR Studio'a annual conference takes place every Summer and is an inclusive yet experimental space for our PGRs to present research in progress to peers. It also provides an opportunity for PGRs to be involved in different elements of the conference from...

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