AHRC funding to develop the next generation of academics in the arts and humanities

Issue date: 15 August 2018

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership is to receive funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over eight years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2019.

The collaboration between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and eight other universities – Aberystwyth, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Cranfield, Exeter, Reading, and Southampton – is one of 10 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) to have been awarded a total of £170 million funding from the AHRC.

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.

Andrew Spicer, who is Professor of Cultural Production at UWE Bristol, said: "This prestigious funding award will provide a tremendous boost to arts and humanities research in the region and recognises UWE Bristol's key strengths within an internationally-recognised consortium of major institutions.

"It will offer a range of exciting opportunities for UWE postgraduate students and enable us to develop further our strategic partnerships and networks with some of the region's most significant organisations in the arts, heritage, and culture."

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

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.

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 community 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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