Get involved!

Volunteers are sought for a new research project titled – British [Muslim] Values: Conflict or Convergence? – hosted at the University of East Anglia. The project will focus on what ‘British values’ means to different Muslim individuals and communities in Eastern England, with its major research questions including:

  • How do different Muslim communities in Eastern England understand the term ‘British values’?
  • How does political or media discussion of ‘British values’ impact on Muslims in the UK?
  • How do ‘British values’ relate to Islam and/or Muslim identity.

As part of this project, we are now recruiting eight people to produce, edit and screen short autobiographical films (approximately 10 minutes in length) engaging with the above themes. Two filmmakers will be selected for each of the following places: Norwich, Ipswich, Luton, and Bedford.


Benefits to participants

Successful participants will be given control over the content and style of their film, and will benefit from the following:

  • Training in filmmaking and editing from our project partners: BBC Voices.
  • Training in research design and research ethics from academics at the University of East Anglia
  • Access to the technology needed to produce and edit the films.
  • Opportunities to screen their film and to discuss it in focus group situations.
  • Named credit for the final film, and permission to re-screen it as desired.
  • Experience of working in a team of experienced researchers at the University of East Anglia.

The selected eight individuals will each be financially remunerated to a total of £300 for their time and expertise upon delivery of the final, edited, film to the researchers. Successful applicants will be asked to deliver their films to the research team by 1 January 2017.The film-makers will also be provided with funding for travel to scheduled meetings with the UEA researchers and BBC Voices.


How to apply

Interested individuals are invited to apply for this opportunity by sending the following to Dr. Lee Jarvis on before 5pm on 17 October 2016:

  • Why my film (maximum 500 words): A brief description of the proposed focus, style and locations of your film.
  • Why me (maximum 500 words): A brief description of why you are interested in taking part in the project, and any relevant or interesting background.

Please be aware that successful and unsuccessful applications may be used – in anonymised form – for subsequent academic activities relating to the project. Applying signals your consent to this.


Further information

  • We are keen to recruit participants from a variety of demographic backgrounds, including in relation to gender, age, ethnic identity.
  • No experience of film-making or research is required.
  • British [Muslim] Values is an academic research project. Outputs and findings from the project – including the films – will be shared with academic, policy and public audiences.
  • The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, reference: AH/N008340/1
  • The project has ethical approval from the University of East Anglia, and will be conducted according to the university’s research ethics guidelines.
  • The research team is made up of: Dr. Lee Jarvis (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies), Professor Lee Marsden (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) and Dr. Eylem Atakav (School of Film, Television and Media Studies). Further details on all of the researchers is available via the University of East Anglia website.