In Digital Stories, our PhD researchers tell their own story about their research and their PhD journey.
Emily Sharp is a PhD researcher based in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) in the School of Education.
Emily talks about her research, in which she is looking at voice in teaching, specifically the risk factors for voice problems in teachers in England.
More digital stories
Arts, Design and Media
Rawan Sharaf Khatib
Rawan Sharaf Khatib is a PhD student based in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.
For her research, she is looking at Palestinian visual art and its politics.
Tamadher Alfahal is a PhD student based in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.
For her research, she is looking at Islamic art and design and its changing relationship with spirituality and faith.
Marta Perez is a PhD student based in the School of Architecture and Design, and she talks about her design innovation research.
She describes her exciting work with many high profile industry partners including BskyB and Procter & Gamble.
Anastasia Nikologianni is a PhD student funded by Climate-KIC, based in the School of Architecture and Design.
She describes her fascinating research journey which has included research trips to the Netherlands and Barcelona.
Rachel Ann Charles
Rachel Ann Charles of the School of Media tells us about her journey as a PhD researcher, including some of the ups and downs of the PhD process.
Rachel Ann's research looks at the 'shoot to live' project in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago.
Business, Law and Social Sciences
Amna Nazir is a Midlands 3 Cities funded student in the School of Law, and also the School of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham.
For her PhD Amna is researching Islamic countries' justifications on the death penalty within the Universal Periodic Review.
Sundas Hussain's research involves working with Ashram Moseley Accord Housing Association, to look at the viability of entrepreneurship for the women there.
Sundas is developing a framework for housing associations to undertake entrepreneurship as a means towards employment.
Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Sivagayinee Ganeshamoorthy is a PhD student based in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).
Siva talks about her research journey and her research in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Diana is looking at machine learning for insider threat detection for her PhD. These are threats from people with authorised access to sensitive data.
She is looking develop a framework to detect and identify malicious insider threats with a higher precision, a lower number of false alarms and more automation.
Thomas is researching the processes of sharing cyber threat intelligence.
In his PhD Thomas is looking at automating the sharing of cyber threat intelligence to enhance situational awareness and harden security systems.
Fatima Abdallah is looking at energy consumption feedback systems for her PhD.
In her research Fatima aims to enhance these feedback systems to provide more understandable information that tells the users how they are using electricity.
Aliyu Aliyu is a PhD student based in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Aliyu's research aims to provide a secure controller framework for software defined networks.
Asma Patel is a PhD student based in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
For her research, she is looking at location-based security and privacy on smartphone apps.
Health, Education and Life Sciences
Becky Snape is a PhD student in the School of Education.
Becky's research looks at creative writing in Key Stage Four, exploring English teachers’ creative writing pedagogies, including how they shape teaching practice.
Kirsty is a PhD student in the School of Education. She is also a composer and workshop leader.
Her research is investigating how the assessment of composing in UK secondary school examinations is impacting the teaching and learning of composing within schools.
Victoria Birmingham is a PhD candidate in the School of Education.
Victoria's research is exploring different approaches to assessment without levels in schools, comparing them with assessment for Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs.
Eddie Hulbert is a PhD student in the School of Education.
Eddie's research is on Family Learning Birmingham, an initiative which aims to provide guidance for parents or carers who are either unemployed, on benefits or have very few qualifications by providing a way for families to learn together.
PhD student Shannon Ludgate of the School of Education talks about her research on children's use of touchscreen technology.
Shannon describes her research and what she hopes to achieve during the course of her PhD.
Find out more about our research in this faculty:
Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE)
Centre for Health, Social Care and Related Research (CHSCaRR)
If you are a current PhD student at Birmingham City University and would like to tell your story contact the Research Office.