We offer a mentorship programme for postgraduate students to develop their research and writing skills.


Student Profile:

Rhonda Allen, MSc, Hons. BA

Race Equality Commissioner

Rhonda Allen is a former Director of the Sheffield Carnival involved in organising its first virtual carnival in 2020. She has judged costume competitions in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and Leeds, and the UK, and has been on the judging panel at Sheffield Theatres selecting plays to be performed for the theatre season. She is also in full costume for Luton carnival in 2022, and currently working on the Preston carnival to develop their costume judging programme.

Rhonda has many years experience working in carnival in various capacities that has encouraged her to focus on carnival costume judging, its traditions, practices and contemporary perspectives. Her research focuses on carnival, in particular, the aesthetics of costume design and performance and how it is judged both in Trinidad and Tobago and the UK. She is currently exploring costume making, costume design and performance, embodiment, traditions, heritage, the costumed body, and autoethnography.