University of Leicester to train the next generation of arts and humanities researchers

Posted by pt91 at Aug 17, 2018 02:47 PM |
Leicester is part of a Midlands universities partnership that will create 460 new postgraduate studentship opportunities across the region over the next five years

Issued by University of Leicester on 17 August 2018

Leicester is among eight leading universities in the Midlands that are joining together to train the next generation of highly-skilled arts and humanities researchers, thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), led by the University of Nottingham, will result in 460 new postgraduate studentship opportunities across the region over the next five years.

The consortium brings together academic expertise from the University of Leicester, along with the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Warwick, Coventry University, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, and the University of Nottingham. All eight universities in the DTP have also committed to match the AHRC funding. The addition of Coventry University and the University of Warwick builds on the strengths of the six M3C universities and will extend disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas such as Art and Design, Classics, English, Music, Dance, Drama and Performing Arts, Media, and Politics.

It is one of 10 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) announced by the AHRC that span all the regions of the UK.

Professor Martin Halliwell, Head of the School of Arts and the University of Leicester’s lead on the AHRC DTP funding bid said: “We are thrilled that the M4C bid was rated so highly. This will mean that Leicester can build on its many strengths in arts and humanities doctoral training, enable us to deepen and expand our institutional relationships with Midlands universities and our non-HEI partners, and ensure that we continue to work with and nurture our community of excellent doctoral students.”

The programme offered by the Midlands4Cities partnership builds on the track record of the current Midands3Cities DTP, which has led the way in collaborative postgraduate research, training, joint supervision and partner engagement with organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

Professor Phil Shaw, as a University of Leicester M3C Site Director, said: “Since its inception in 2014, M3C has funded over fifty arts and humanities PhD projects at the University of Leicester. In addition to benefitting from expert cross-institutional supervisory teams and state of the art research training programmes, our students have worked closely with a range of cultural organisations, including the Natural History Museum, the National Civil War Centre, Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, BBC Radio Leicester, the Caribbean National Heritage Museum and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Under the aegis of M4C Leicester will continue to support groundbreaking research that enhances the central role of the arts and humanities in the UK cultural economy.”

The Midlands4Cities DTP will include at least 40 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) co-designed with non-university partners. The partnership will give students access across all eight institutions to a customised programme of research and employability training, which will enable students to gain vital arts and humanities skills.

The new DTP will have a strong emphasis on collaboration and will work with a large number of non-university partner organisations, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, The British Film Institute, Historic England and museums and galleries across the Midlands, to offer exciting placement and training opportunities to students.

Paul Grainge, the Director of Midlands4Cities and Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham, comments: “Midlands4Cities is a truly exciting development, expanding the doctoral research community established so distinctively by Midlands3Cities. The addition of two new universities from the city of Coventry, and our active engagement with a diverse range of cultural and creative partners, positions the Midlands as a major regional catalyst of arts and humanities research innovation and skills development.”

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 arts and humanities 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.

“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.”

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