Current Student Research
PhD – Sarie Slee
Sarie Slee is undertaking a practice-driven PhD that is considering the notion of cultural embodiment in non-textual performance training and practice. It will build on the explorations of the Studio Matejka project, a key educational project of the Grotowski Institute, an international centre for performance practice and research. Studio Matejka’s initial work commenced through a two year performance laboratory project (2010-2012) and Sarie was the lead researcher during this period, guiding the outcomes of the performance laboratory explorations into a body of practice-led research. Her PhD concerns the exploration of physical performance systems specific to 21st century intercultural performance practice.
Sarie studied for her MA European Dance Theatre Practice at the Laban Institute.
PhD - Lisa Moore
Lisa’s current research interests are in the field of Women's comedy. Her PhD is an Investigation into the changing face of Female standup comedy . Her research problem will attempt to address whether women are less witty than men and is there such a thing as "women's humour"
She is a lecturer in the Performance Directorate at Salford and programme leader of the Performance - Comedy degree. She is working alongside University of Salford Performance colleague Dr. Richard Talbot on a collaborative project with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, an interdisciplinary study researching ideas on the connections between nurse education and actor training. Her other major practice as research area is in Applied Theatre -Theatre as a social, political and educational tool. She has a long history of involvement with both TIPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) and The Blue room (men who are at risk of sexual exploitation).
Lisa studied Drama at Manchester University and has a Masters in Scriptwriting for TV and Radio from the University of Salford which she completed in 2008.
PhD - Niki Woods
Niki is a Lecturer in Performance at the University of Salford leading the Performance - Contemporary Practices pathway and is a member of the Performance Research Centre. Niki studied Performance at De Montfort University, Leicester where she met Blast Theory and worked with them on a student project called 'The Gilt Remake'. Since then Niki has worked and collaborated on projects such as Kidnap, 10 Backwards, Desert Rain, Uncle Roy All Around You, Can You See Me Now?, Day of the Figurines, Ulrike and Eamon Compliant and the more recent I'd Hide You. Niki has toured nationally and internationally with Blast Theory, Plane Performance and Reckless Sleepers and has collaborated with various artists for conferences, festivals and symposiums. She is a long-standing member of Manchester based Plane Performance. Their new project Three Sisters will tour from February 2013.
Niki has developed and collaborated on mobile phone projects for various events and platforms from Manchester's Larkin' About to Let's Go Global. She has recently had an article published in Stimulus Respond entitled Captive and Captivated by Blast Theory's Kidnap.
GTA Student Profiles
GTA PhD Profile - Greg Foster
Greg is currently the Performance Directorate Graduate Teaching Assistant. His research is exploring the links between theatre/performance and gaming and is examining the emergent live work in this area. Greg’s work is often located in the digital sphere and as an artist he’s interested in fusing drama, games, theatre and performance with smartphones, computers, the internet and video game technology.
Greg can often be found collaborating with pervasive game company Larkin’ About’ or Contact Theatre in Manchester. Greg has been commissioned to make performance works and has toured his own work in the UK. His applied theatre work for C&T Theatre Company has been shown at conferences and events across the globe including: USA, Japan, Australia and Africa.
His other theatre interests include Eastern European theatre practices, particularly the work of Silviu Purcarete (Romania), Andriy Zholdak (Ukraine) and Tadeusz Kantor (Poland). Greg did his BA in English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London and holds an MA in Performance Works from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Graduate Teaching Assistants are assigned to a Directorate where they will be expected to teach for 6 hours per week. They may also be asked to work in other Directorates. They are expected to contribute to the research culture of the school and to attend the Post-graduate seminar series and to attend University wide GTA training courses. GTA’s are therefore expected to live within the North West Region for the majority of their studies. They receive the same level of support and supervision as all other PhD students and in addition will be mentored through the development of teaching skills.
Greg Foster’s research blog
Training and Skills
All postgraduate research students are expected to attend the College’s research methods seminars during your first year of study, covering subjects such as conducting a literature review, methods of data collection, research governance and ethics, and analysis, presentation, interpretation and rigour in qualitative research.
In addition, the University offers all postgraduate research students an extensive range of free training activities to help you develop your research and transferable skills. The Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT) has been designed to equip researchers both for your university studies, and for your future careers whether in academia, elsewhere in the public sector, or in industry and the private sector.
As a postgraduate research student at the University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These ‘progression points’ are an important aid for both you and your supervisory team and it is essential that you complete them on time.
Learning Agreement: this is completed by you and your supervisor collaboratively in the first 3 months of your research programme. It encourages both of you to develop a thorough and consistent understanding of your individual and shared roles and responsibilities in your research partnership.
Annual Progress Report: this report is completed by your supervisor at the end of each year of study, and reports on your achievements in the past year, the likelihood that you will submit on time, confirmation of the Learning Agreement and relevant training undertaken.
Self Evaluation Report: this is completed by you at the end of each year of study. It asks you to comment on your academic progress, supervisory arrangements, research environment, research training, and relevant training undertaken.
Interim Assessment: this is an assessment of your progress by a panel. It takes place towards the end of your first year, and is designed to ensure you have reached a threshold of academic performance, by assessing your general progress. The assessment comprises a written report, presentation and oral examination by a Panel. You must successfully complete it in order to register for your second year.
Internal Evaluation: this will take place towards the end of the second year and successful completion is required in order to continue onto your third year of study. You will be expected to show strong progress in your PhD study reflected in the submission of a substantial piece of work, generally at least 4 chapters of your thesis.