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

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

See here for a recent review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (“the Concordat”) is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment...

Top tips for writing your PhD research proposal

Top tips for writing your PhD research proposal By Prof John Mercer   We all know that feeling. You’ve finally made your mind up that you want to take the next big step – whether that’s a new job or going back to uni to do a postgrad degree. The only problem is...

Viva 60-second interview: Dr Regina Seiwald

Hi Regina, congratulations on passing your viva! How does it feel?! Absolutely thrilled! I have to admit that it took me some days to realise that I have passed my viva – despite the whole department celebrating with me! What was your PhD title? Towards a New Theory...

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Wed 24

Introducing The Brilliant Club

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed 24

PhD walk: an amble in the underbelly

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 24

BCMCR Research Seminar: Screen Cultures

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 30

Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online

October 30 @ 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Tue 30

Launch Event: History, Heritage and Archives

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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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