Keele in £14 million AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

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Posted on 15 October 2013
Our participation is testimony to the quality of research and postgraduate training in the humanities at Keele, and our involvement in this major regional programme will extend the opportunities available to our students.

Keele University is part of a North West Consortium, led by The University of Manchester, that has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers.

The NWC brings together the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan, the Royal Northern College of Music and Salford, awarding around 200 PhD studentships over a 5 year period.

It is one of eleven new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014, announced by the AHRC today (Tuesday 15 October).

Professor Ann Hughes, Director of the Research Institutes for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele, said: ‘We are delighted to be part of the North West’s AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Our participation is testimony to the quality of research and postgraduate training in the humanities at Keele, and our involvement in this major regional programme will extend the opportunities available to our students.  Commitment to public engagement and collaboration are very important to us, and we are particularly pleased that one of Keele’s long-standing partners, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archives and Heritage Service, is part of this new consortium.'

The DTPs offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines, largely through consortia of Higher Education institutions (HEIs).

As part of the scheme, the AHRC is also funding placement opportunities and additional skills training, working alongside partner organisations including museums, galleries, cultural organisations and businesses.

It will nurture the development of broader skills such as partnership working, language skills and the development of students’ skills and experience in working outside academia, for example, through industry and international placements

There will also be joint supervision of students, sharing of resources from across the consortia, further activities such as student events, conferences and the fostering of peer support networks.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, states: “This is an important step forward in delivering the best possible training and support for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities, and in developing a collaborative approach which pools expertise and expands horizons for postgraduate researchers. We are delighted at how the sector, and partners beyond the sector, have responded, and we look forward to working closely with them to support the next generation. We have had to make difficult choices during this process and I’d like to thank the large team of independent peer reviewers and moderators whose judgement, dedication and expertise guided this process over a considerable time. The AHRC would also like to thank all the researchers and administrators in universities who submitted such excellent applications. Postgraduate support remains the largest item of expenditure in the AHRC’s budget, but it doesn’t match the demand arising naturally from the very many talented people in the arts and humanities research community. ”

Professor Maja Zehfuss, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research) for The Faculty of Humanities, at The University of Manchester, said: “We are delighted to lead one of the AHRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships.  Training the next generation of researchers is one of the most important things we do and at Manchester, we are proud of the research environment and training opportunities we offer to our doctoral researchers. Through the NWC we can do even more.  One of the great things about mentoring and training new researchers is that we get to support bright people to do things we might not have thought of ourselves.  I’m excited to build and develop the NWC because it helps us do more of that.”

Notes for Editors

The NWC’s partners are the BBC, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), FutureEverything, Home, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Opera North, Tate Liverpool and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archives & Heritage Service.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund 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 social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.


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The University of Manchester

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