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University of Roehampton in £13.5 million research grant boost

Roehampton is part of a consortium, which has won £13.5 million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Doctoral Training Partnership will develop much-needed skilled researchers in the arts and humanities.

Posted: 16 October 2013

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Roehampton is part of a consortium – TECHNE - that has been awarded £13.5 million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to address the national need for highly-skilled researchers in the arts and humanities.

The new Doctoral Training Partnership will allow 176 postgraduate students to benefit from the training and expertise of its seven member universities: Roehampton, alongside the Universities of the Arts, Brighton, Kingston, Surrey and the Royal College of Art. The Partnership is led by Royal Holloway, University of London This unique training opportunity will also be enhanced by placements and partnerships with 13 arts and cultural organisations, including the Barbican, the Natural History Museum, the British Film Institute, the Science Museum and the Museum of London.

Commenting on this latest grant announcement, the University of Roehampton's Vice-Chancellor Paul O'Prey said: "I'm delighted that Roehampton is a member of this winning consortium bid. TECHNE will have an emphasis on the performing and creative arts, fields in which Roehampton is particularly strong. Coupled with our broad breath of expertise across the Arts and Humanities, we are well-placed to provide the research students with access to some of the leading players in these disciplines."

The TECHNE consortium was praised by the AHRC's award panel for having robust partnerships with a focus on providing future opportunities for students, as well as tailored training and support in subjects such as music, modern languages and history.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, said: "This investment by the AHRC will not only support university researchers but also enrich the contexts in which arts and humanities skills and capabilities engage with and contribute to advancement and growth in sectors across the wider UK economy."

Further details on the Doctoral Training Partnership, including how to apply, will be released soon. The award provides funding for five years, with the first students commencing their studies in October 2014.

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