Students applying for arts and humanities doctorates at The Open University and six other partner institutions across the South East will share in a £17m funding award, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced today (Tuesday 15 October 2013).
The funding was awarded to CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England) – a partnership of seven institutions (The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, The Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex) formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities.
The successful CHASE bid, coordinated by the University of Sussex, was one of 18 successful bids out of 30 shortlisted to be awarded funding from the AHRC. More than 230 students across the seven institutions stand to benefit from the award, over five years. The funding will cover fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with prestigious arts organisations..
The £17m will fund doctoral students who apply successfully to the members of the CHASE consortium. Applications will be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.
The funding opportunity will be advertised to prospective students on partnership university web sites and on the CHASE web site in November 2013.
Open University Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Scholarship and Quality, Professor Tim Blackman said: “We are absolutely delighted with this recognition of the excellent environment we provide at The Open University for research students. We are especially pleased that the OU's sector-leading innovation in the use of technology means that our Virtual Research Environment will be available to AHRC-funded students across the consortium.
“The OU's mission of being “open to people, places, methods and ideas” mirrors the CHASE ethos and means we are absolutely committed to the success of this initiative and to the work that Dr Paul Lawrence from our Arts Faculty has done to incorporate our experience and expertise. We are also very pleased that some of our partners outside academia, including the BBC, Tate and the British Library, will be contributing to the doctoral training programmes, creating exciting opportunities for CHASE students.”
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, says: “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."
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