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AHRC commits to postgraduate research through new Doctoral Training Partnerships

Date: 15/08/2018


The AHRC is continuing its very substantial commitment to funding doctoral research through a new round of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).

The launch of the second round of funding for arts and humanities DTPs sees investment in 10 consortia that bring together 72 higher education institutions throughout the UK in support of doctoral training.

They will receive more than £170 million in funding over eight years, which amounts to a third of the AHRC annual budget, while further investment will be made by the universities themselves.

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) are block grants made to consortia of research organisations. They support postgraduate studentships across the breadth of the AHRC’s subject remit.

The 10 Doctoral Training Partnerships are:

  1. Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East England (CHASE)
  2. London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP2)
  3. Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership
  4. Northern Bridge Consortium
  5. North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership
  6. Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership
  7. Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities
  8. South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2 (SWW2)
  9. TECHNE2 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
  10. White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

Select a consortia link above to view a full list of their members.

Professor Edward Harcourt

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 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.

“The DTP model sees higher education institutions collaborating and sharing best practice to create the best possible research environments for doctoral researchers, including novel training and development opportunities and the benefits of networking with peers.”

DTPs are ‘diverse and innovative’

DTPs provide innovative training environments for doctoral researchers. They include opportunities for PhD students to undertake broader training or development, such as language learning, overseas research visits, or placements with non-academic partners.

The consortia will include a wide variety of bodies beyond the university sector that students can engage with to further their experience, from multinational organisations to local museums and galleries.

Professor Harcourt added: “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.

“We have designed our DTP model to suit arts and humanities PhD students, who are working in a wide variety of research fields, and the DTP model allows flexibility to meet their diverse needs.

“For example, the Cohort Development Fund supports opportunities to bring together arts and humanities DTP researchers so they can network with their peers, share their experiences and best practice, and feel part of a research community.”

The AHRC investment in DTPs will fund 375 studentships each year for five years, and this is expected to rise to around 560 a year with match funding. The DTPs will start recruiting the first cohort of students imminently ahead of starting their studies in October 2019.

Full details of the 10 Doctoral Training Partnerships

(Each consortium has a lead research organisation, which are marked below.)

Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East England (CHASE)

  • University of Sussex (lead)
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex    
  • Goldsmiths, University of London   
  • University of Kent
  • SOAS University of London

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London Arts and Humanities Partnership

  • University College London (lead)
  • King's College London
  • London School of Economics
  • Queen Mary University London       
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Music
  • School of Advanced Study, University of London

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Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership

  • University of Nottingham (lead)
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Warwick

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Northern Bridge Consortium

  • Newcastle University (lead)
  • Durham University
  • Northumbria University
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University of Sunderland
  • Teesside University
  • Ulster University

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North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership     

  • University of Manchester (lead)
  • Keele University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Liverpool
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • University of Salford

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Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership

  • University of Oxford (lead)
  • University of Cambridge
  • Open University

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Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities

  • University of Glasgow (lead)
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde

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South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2 (SWW2)

  • University of Bristol (lead)
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Cardiff University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of the West of England

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TECHNE2 Doctoral Training Partnership     

  • Royal Holloway, University of London (lead)
  • University of the Arts, London
  • University of Brighton
  • Brunel University London
  • Kingston University London
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Westminster

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White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities DTP2

  • University of York (lead)
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Sheffield

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Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Toby Shergold, Senior Communications Manager at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on 01793 416082 or t.shergold@ahrc.ac.uk

The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: archaeology, area studies, the creative and performing arts, design, digital content, heritage, history, languages, philosophy and much more. This financial year we will spend approximately £98 million on research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK, but contributes to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

The AHRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body that works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

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