Eight leading universities in the Midlands 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) 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 Warwick, Birmingham City University, the University of Birmingham, Coventry University, De Montfort University, the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, and led by the University of Nottingham. All eight of the universities in the DTP have also committed to match the AHRC funding.
It is one of 10 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) announced by the AHRC.
Commenting on the announcement Professor Penny Roberts, Chair of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Warwick, said:
"The Faculty of Arts is delighted to be part of the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Consortium and looks forward to collaborating with our colleagues across the region to provide an excellent doctoral experience for all our students and to prepare them for the next stage in their careers."
Professor Stuart Croft, the University of Warwick's Vice-Chancellor, said:
“I’m delighted the University of Warwick is taking a leading role in training the next generation of researchers through our work with the Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. Through collaboration with our partners, Warwick will be helping to support innovative research, provide researchers with invaluable skills and further Warwick’s commitment to the Arts and Humanities”.
The programme offered by the Midlands4Cities partnership builds on the track record of the previous Midands3Cities DTP, which led the way in collaborative postgraduate research, training, joint supervision and partner engagement with organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.
The Midlands4Cities DTP is expanding on the previous research and training capacity of the Midlands3Cities DTP by adding an additional two partners to its consortium – Coventry University and the University of Warwick. Both institutions build on the group’s existing strength across the span of arts and humanities subjects, and deepen disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas such as Art and Design, Classics, English, Music, Dance, Drama and Performing Arts, and Politics.
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.
Midlands4Cities will provide expert supervision across its mix of university partners, and additional funding to support cohort events that enable students to develop practical skills, deepen research networks, and path-find professional careers.
Professor Paul Grainge, the Director of Midlands4Cities, 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.”
16 August 2018
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