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Funding success for doctoral scholars

Roehampton’s reputation for internationally recognised research has been boosted again with confirmation that 12 AHRC research studentships, worth £750,000 in total, have been secured from the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to start in October 2014.

Posted: 12 June 2014

The funding means doctoral research into diverse subjects such as the sociolinguistics of youth culture and nature rituals of the early medieval church in Britain will be carried out over the next three academic years. The 12 students are spread across the University, in six departments.

Roehampton is part of the TECHNE consortium with six other institutions including Royal Holloway, the Royal College of Art and the University of the Arts, London which bid for the five-year funding from the research council. The University’s  applications this year were so strong it claimed the second largest number of studentships, a quarter of all those available.

Deputy Provost, Professor Ann MacLarnon, said: “We are very confident in the strength and depth of our growing body of doctoral research. The subject areas are fascinating, and across the board our students are proving study at this level leads on to diverse careers, in addition to academic posts. Real, in-depth knowledge and research expertise can and is being used by major companies and organisations around the UK and internationally, and Roehampton’s doctoral students are ideally placed to take advantage of this in their future careers.

“This highly successful round of TECHNE studentships is proof of the quality of our research and our reputation for excellence is backed by experts in their fields, and major funding authorities. It is a growing area of success and importance for the University and one we will continue to build on in future.”

TECHNE studentships encourage cross-disciplinary research in the arts and humanities fields, and these 12 positions, which have already been filled, are fully funded for three years, covering fees, student stipend, training and project costs.

As well as the two above, other subjects which will be researched include: Visible resistance, dark semiotics, sound design for contemporary novels, animal metaphors, the construction of female consciousness in the work of Phillip Messinger, and a project entitled ‘What women have to say’, as well as a study into Women’s Weekly magazine from 1918 – 1935. The research is spread across the subject areas of history, language and linguistics, English and creative writing, dance, drama and anthropology.

Further TECHNE studentships will be available next year, and Professor MacLarnon advises anyone interested in being considered to contact potential supervisors within academic departments.

More details are available at: /Courses/Graduate-School/TECHNE-AHRC-Doctoral-Training-Partnership/

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