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Major funding boost for arts and humanities research at Kent

Students applying for arts and humanities doctorates at the University of Kent and six other partner institutions across the South East will share in a £17m funding award, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

The funding was awarded to CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England) - a partnership of seven institutions (The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex) formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities.

The successful CHASE bid, coordinated by the University of Sussex, was one of 18 successful bids out of 30 shortlisted to be awarded funding from the AHRC. More than 230 students across the seven institutions stand to benefit from the award, over five years. The funding will cover fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with prestigious arts organisations.

The £17m will fund doctoral students who apply successfully to the members of the CHASE consortium. Applications will be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

The funding opportunity will be advertised to prospective students on partnership university web sites and on the CHASE web site in November 2013.

Dr Simon Kirchin, Acting Dean of Humanities at Kent, said: 'We are delighted to hear that the CHASE bid has been successful. This award recognises the outstanding intellectual environment Kent and its partners provides for Arts and Humanities postgraduate students. It also ensures that we will be able to welcome the next generation of researchers to our institutions over the next five years. We aim to nurture their talents and help them realise their ambitions.'

Professor Diane Houston, Dean of Kent's Graduate School, commented: 'This is further recognition of the excellence of doctoral training at Kent and adds to our success in winning funding from UK research councils and the European Commission. Kent has access to funds that will support postgraduate research students in becoming the next generation of scholars, nationally and internationally.'

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said: 'This is an important step forward in delivering the best possible training and support for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities, and in developing a collaborative approach which pools expertise and expands horizons for postgraduate researchers.'


Story published at 11:51am 17 October 2013

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