Doctoral culture

We support a thriving and diverse doctoral community that is an integral part of the broader research culture.

You can find out more about the research degrees we offer at Roehampton, how to apply and how we can support you during the application process here.

Kenan Cetinel began his full time PhD project ‘Exploration of the concept of musical empathy in autistic children’ in December 2021 and is being supervised by Adam Ockelford and Leda Kamenopoulou. He wants to explore the newly discussed idea of musical empathy in children with autism and whether musical empathy can cross over to ‘everyday’ empathy in autistic children. In doing so, he devised a new intervention consisting of interactive musical activities, in which musical empathic responses will be observed and measured. Moreover, to observe whether the possible emergence of musical empathy in children with autism can cross over to everyday empathy. He aims to gauge this with social stories and games that will be administered pre-and post-intervention. The main objective of this project is to help autistic children in developing their empathic capabilities with the medium of music.

Holly Meneer began her part-time PhD in October 2020 and is also currently teaching geography four days a week. Her PhD, titled ‘Geography fieldwork: Vital to learning or a good day out? Comparing the impacts of fieldwork and classroom learning on the cognitive and affective domains; a quasi-experimental approach’, is being supervised by Ian Abrahams and Leda Kamenopoulou. In her study she explores whether fieldwork leads to greater learning and engagement for secondary school students than the equivalent classroom lessons would have and is keen to utilise her research findings to improve the teaching and learning of geography in our schools.

Caitlin Shaughnessy has a BA and an MSt in Musicology from the University of Oxford. She started her doctoral studies in the School of Education in 2017 having been awarded funding on the highly sought SeNSS 1+3 pathway and is being supervised by Adam Ockelford and Wolfgang Mann. Her research, titled ‘Tuning in to autism: How music-making scaffolds the development of social behaviours in young children with autism spectrum conditions’, focuses on applications of musical training for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, and how the interactive elements in musical practices might be developed to enhance pro-social skills.

You can find out more about our students' research here.