"Over the past few years, Newman University has pursued a strategy which places a stronger emphasis on research through the construction of a robust and inclusive research culture. The research mission of Newman is to continue to broaden the base of research active staff across all areas of academic activity and to support scholarship through the development of a supportive environment. Newman University is developing a strong research culture and offers opportunities for research at postgraduate level. We offer a range of intellectually challenging taught postgraduate courses leading to the award of MA or MSc. Our research students study towards the award of MPhil or PhD, full or part-time, in a supportive research environment tailored to their needs."
Professor Máirtín Mac an Ghaill
At Newman University, research is regarded as an integral part of our scholarly activities. Scholarly work is being undertaken across a wide range of academic and professional disciplines and is attracting external and internal research funding. Research links with other colleges and universities, at home and abroad, have been established in a number of areas.
The growing research culture at Newman University was recently recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF), a national audit measuring research excellence across the UK’s university sector. The REF results indicated that all research outputs from the University were of national or international standards in terms of originality, significance and rigour, some of the research carried out at Newman in three subject areas – Education, English and History – was recognised as being of world-leading quality and included the research of colleagues from Drama, while research carried out in Psychology, Sport and Theology was also recognised as being internationally excellent. These results indicated that research groups and individuals across a number of disciplines are engaged in research that is comparable with more established research centres.
Newman’s postgraduate research students work towards MPhil or PhD degrees that are awarded by the University of Leicester. Our members of staff have the expertise to provide supervision towards doctorate level qualifications (PhD and EdD) in a number of subject areas. Normally, the research proposal is negotiated by the candidate with a member of the research supervisory team. Research students receive a level of support not commonly available in larger and less community-based institutions.
The research strategy at Newman aims to promote research and scholarly activities across all schools and subject areas, enhancing the quality and volume of research and encouraging knowledge transfer into the community. This strategy encourages partnership and collaborative research with fellow academics and public and voluntary services on a range of issues including health, education and community and professional development. Newman offers a small number of full-time Research Studentships.
Areas of research
Current areas for full and part-time postgraduate research include: Creative Arts, Education and Professional Studies, English, History, Human Sciences, Physical Education and Sports Studies, Psychology and Counselling, and Theology.
Potential students interested in postgraduate research should contact:
Professor Máirtín Mac an Ghaill
Tel: 0121 476 1181 ext 2601