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Arts and humanities PhDs get funding boost – University of Reading

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Arts and humanities PhDs get funding boost

Release Date 21 August 2018

PhD students at Graduation


Arts and Humanities research will receive a welcome boost with the announcement of £170 million of funding from the AHRC.

The new funds for the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership will come from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over eight years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2019.

The SWW Consortium – a collaboration between the University of Reading and eight other universities– is one of 10 DTPs to have been awarded a total of £170 million funding from the AHRC.

Professor Robert Gilchrist, Research Dean for Heritage & Creativity at the University of Reading said:

“We’re delighted to be a part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership and are excited about the opportunities that the renewed Doctoral Training Partnership provides.

“This funding helps the best and brightest Arts and Humanities students to deepen our collective understanding of issues that matter for society, from understanding the origins of farming in the cradle of civilisation through to the effectiveness of human rights law in the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership was originally established in 2014 and has adapted and expanded to form a strategic regional partnership which will offer greater opportunities for staff and students alike.

In addition to new members, Cranfield University and the University of the West of England, the consortium has formalised membership with an Independent Research Organisation, the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum of Wales.

The Consortium will offer postgraduate studentships, Collaborative Doctoral Awards, and training and development opportunities across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between the members of the consortium and 23 cultural, arts, heritage and industry partners including Aardman Animations, Arts Council South West, Cornwall Museum Partnerships and Historic England.

Professor Edward Harcourt, the AHRC’s Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation, said:

“The AHRC is delighted to announce its renewed commitment to the Doctoral Training Partnerships model. Our support for the next generation of arts and humanities researchers is critical to securing the future of the UK arts and humanities sector, which accounts for nearly a third of all UK academic staff, is renowned the world over for its outstanding quality, and which plays a vital part in our higher education ecosystem as a whole.

“We were extremely pleased with the response to our call, which saw high-quality applications from across the UK from a variety of diverse and innovative consortia, each with a clear strategy and vision for the future support of their doctoral students.”

The South, West and Wales consortium is committed to developing creative approaches across disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that will facilitate the building of a new communities of scholars, researchers and professionals who are flexible and able to respond to both fast-moving research and industry environments.

The funding will allow for the development of a diverse pool of highly trained, skilled and professional researchers who will contribute to the UK’s cultural, economic and social wellbeing.



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