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New era of collaboration provides boost for arts and humanities PhD students

15 August 2018 @TeesUniNews

 

Teesside University is part of an ambitious collaboration which will see hundreds of students across the North East and Northern Ireland benefit from a raft of new postgraduate opportunities.

Places for 335 postgraduate students studying 28 different disciplines have been announced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

They will be based at one of the members of the Northern Bridge Consortium, which is made up of Teesside, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities, together with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

The places which will be made available over the next five years, marks a new era of collaboration between the alliance, which boasts world-class strengths across all arts and humanities disciplines, as well as meeting needs in areas of strategic priority such as Heritage and Design.

The Northern Bridge Consortium will offer students the highest possible quality of experience and support. The partners will work together to administer an annual competition for PhD scholarships and to deliver an innovative, world-class training programme for successful applicants.

Professor Natasha Vall, Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, in Teesside University’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law, said: 'The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law is delighted to be part of this alliance of universities that has been the successful recipient of the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership award.

'This represents a fantastic opportunity for PhD students across the arts and humanities to work with world-leading academics across the consortium. We are especially pleased to be collaborating with our strategic partnership organisations across the North East, nationally and internationally, to deliver PhD projects at the cutting edge of research in the arts and humanities.'

Dr Annie Tindley, Northern Bridge Consortium Director and Academic Director at Newcastle University, added: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone considering a doctorate in the arts and humanities.

This represents a fantastic opportunity for PhD students across the arts and humanities to work with world-leading academics across the consortium.

Professor Natasha Vall

'Northern Bridge students are not just funded to undertake exciting and innovative research, but also benefit from being part of a cohort of fellow students receiving the best quality training and international opportunities across the North East of England and Northern Ireland.'

Professor Edward Harcourt, the AHRC’s Director of Research, 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.'

Northern Bridge will promote regional cohesion and development for the North East and Northern Ireland. As part of its commitment to collaborative working, it has developed strategic partnerships with regional, national and international cultural organisations, such as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and the British School at Rome.

Crucially, the consortium will seek to award 20% of studentships to Collaborative Doctoral projects, where the student works closely with an external partner. This builds upon its previous success in this area with partners such as Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books and Belfast City Council. Northern Bridge has also brought on board two Local Enterprise Partnerships in order to gain direct access to industry and other private-sector organisations.