Continued success for Sussex in AHRC funding bid
The eight members of a consortium including the University of Sussex are celebrating the success of their bid for continued funding to support PhD researchers in the arts and humanities.
The Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) is co-ordinated by the University of Sussex and includes the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent; the Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; Birkbeck, University of London; and SOAS, University of London.
One of 10 Doctoral Training Partnerships awarded across the UK by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), CHASE will support over 50 doctoral studentships each year for five years, including a number of Collaborative Doctoral Awards with a range of partner organisations. The new awards will be advertised in October 2018 to start in October 2019.
Over the past five years, CHASE has supported more than 400 doctoral students, with AHRC funding enabling member institutions to work together to enhance doctoral training, supervision and cohort development.
CHASE provides a student-focussed environment for students to collaborate with their peers, academics and partner organisations through placements, open training calls and biannual Encounters conferences.
Dr Denise deCaires Narain, Reader in English at the University of Sussex and Director of CHASE, said: “I’m excited at the prospect this grant gives us to support an outstanding community of doctoral researchers.
“We look forward to the many opportunities ahead to engage with our students, academic community, and partners in conversations and research collaborations, in ways that will enrich the doctoral experience.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Michael Davies, commented: “I am delighted that Sussex has the opportunity to co-ordinate this substantial investment in arts and humanities across a prestigious peer group.
“Collaboration is at the heart of our new Sussex 2025 strategic framework; the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England provides a prime example of the productive and creative relationships we are seeking to create across academia and with creative and cultural organisations.”
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.”