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    EU funds project to promote dance doctorates

    25/10/2016
    Middlesex leading new EU-funded project to support artistic research doctorates in dance

    Dance students rehearsing in studio at Middlesex

    Middlesex University London is leading an EU-funded project, Artistic Doctorates in Europe (ADiE), to identify how universities can support artistic research doctorates in dance and reflect the future needs of the creative industry.

    The project will involve collaboration across four European universities, Middlesex University London, Chichester University, Stockholm University of the Arts and the University of the Arts, Helsinki in partnership with four leading professional arts organisations - Dance4 (UK), Kiasma Theatre - Museum of Contemporary Arts and Zodiak Centre for New Dance (Finland) and WELD (Sweden).

    “The project will create a step change in Dance and Performance PhD’s and enable us to understand their impact in the creative industries and even beyond,” Vida Midgelow, Professor of Dance and Choreographic Practices at Middlesex University

    The ADiE research project will undertake four main strands of work over three years:

    1. Review the experiences/expectations of artistic doctoral candidates in different national contexts to identify best practices and gaps/ issues
    2. Devise open educational resources and research training materials focusing in depth upon methodologies for artistic research in the public realm
    3. Develop guidelines that enable university and collaborative partners to better supervise and support the life cycle of artistic doctorates
    4. Dissemination and advocacy of findings, including holding conferences and intensive training workshops for doctoral candidates.

    Vida Midgelow, Professor of Dance and Choreographic Practices at Middlesex University and ADiE research lead, is excited about this new initiative.

    “We are thrilled to be working with leading colleagues across Europe. Doctoral researchers in any field are future leaders, innovators and the creative voice of the next generation. It is therefore really important that we are able to work together to ensure artists undertaking research degrees in dance and performance are best supported.

    “This three-year project allows us to really make a difference, enhancing experiences and helping both universities and the professional dance sector to come together to understand and promote the benefit of doctoral work in our field.”

    The ADiE research project will review the experiences and expectations of artistic doctoral candidates in different countries to develop guidelines which will help universities better supervise and support future candidates.

    Find out more about studying dance at Middlesex

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