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Training the next generation of Arts and Humanities Researchers

Date: 16/03/2020

A new publication, Training the next generation of Arts and Humanities Researchers (PDF, 1.1MB), launched today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) highlights the importance and value of investing in the next generation of research and innovation leaders.

The report brings to life a wealth of case studies, demonstrating the variety of impacts arising from AHRC’s doctoral investments. This ranges from producing cutting-edge, world-leading research across a broad subject area, through to providing innovative skills training and experiences to PhD students.

“AHRC’s programme of funding for PhD students is the cornerstone of our strategy for supporting arts and humanities research in the UK. It’s only by investing whole-heartedly in today’s doctoral students that we can ensure the cultural, economic and societal benefits that the next generation of arts and humanities researchers will bring. Today’s political and cultural climate is as rich and diverse as it’s ever been. And in this time of change, no one will be better placed to bring context, understanding and clarity to these issues than Arts and Humanities researchers.”

Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of AHRC

AHRC currently support over 600 doctoral students each year, through a range of programmes involving a wide variety of UK universities and partners beyond academia.  AHRC’s current training programmes which include, Doctoral Training Partnerships, Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships and Collaborative Doctoral Training programmes aim to:

  • Improve the health of the research base by bringing on future academic leaders within the arts and humanities
  • Strengthen interdisciplinarity by ensuring that AHRC funded doctoral students work as members of a large and diverse student cohort
  • Create and sustain partnerships beyond academia to ensure that students acquire the skills and networks they need to flourish in a wide variety of careers
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