Posted on 15 October 2013
The award was one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) announced by the AHRC today.
The funding will be supplemented by a further contribution of £4m from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, and is testimony to the strength of the arts and humanities across the three Russell Group universities. It also recognises the strong intellectual and organisational structure created through the White Rose University Consortium.
The Doctoral Training Partnership award will allow the new White Rose College to recruit and train more than 300 fully-funded doctoral students over five years, with the first cohort starting in autumn 2014.
The funding is designed to foster a more collaborative approach to doctoral training and will equip high-achieving individuals with the skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields, ultimately benefitting the UK economy and society. To achieve this, the College will work closely with leading external organisations from sectors including museums, galleries, archives and libraries; arts and heritage organisations; creative industries; design, manufacturing and retail; publishing and performing arts; media; and charities and the public sector.
Dr Julian White, Chief Executive of the White Rose University Consortium, said: "This prestigious award from the AHRC is recognition of the world-class strengths in the arts and humanities across the three universities. The strategic importance of this initiative is demonstrated by an additional investment of £4m from the universities to enhance the College’s reach, impact and operation.
“The College builds on the long-term strategic partnership between the three universities - the White Rose University Consortium - which has generated in excess of £130m of funding for collaborative projects across research, training and knowledge exchange.”
The new DTP and CDT awards are designed to create greater flexibility for Higher Education Institutions and to create rich training environments both within and across disciplines. This will include allocation of resources for placement opportunities and additional skills training.
The AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership for the new White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities will be coordinated by the University of York, with Professor Julian Richards as the founding Director.
Professor Richards said: “The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities will provide the environment, support and opportunities to enable the brightest doctoral students to flourish and will equip them for their future careers. Students will benefit from an enhanced training programme, as well as funded opportunities to spend time with external organisations, in the UK or internationally, thus gaining the skills and experience valued by potential employers.”
Professor Paul Cooke, Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Leeds, said: “This major success endorses our new model of collaborative doctoral training and provides a platform for long term closer partnership between the three universities in the arts and humanities. The aspiration is that relationships strengthened through the College will stimulate further research, training and knowledge exchange opportunities.”
The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities will provide the environment, support and opportunities to enable the brightest doctoral students to flourish and will equip them for their future careers
Professor Julian Richards, Director of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities
Professor Richard Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield, said: "The funding from the AHRC is a real vote of confidence in the depth of scholarship and the quality of the doctoral experience in Arts and Humanities in the three universities. Potential applicants for these AHRC studentships, as well as students funded by other means, will see this award as a badge of quality, helping us continue to attract the brightest doctoral students.”
Professor Mark Ormrod, Academic Coordinator for Arts and Humanities, at the University of York, said: “The quality, scale and purpose of this partnership means that the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities will be one of the leading AHRC funded programmes in the UK. The students will be part of a very strong learning environment, with collectively over 600 members of academic staff and approximately 1,000 doctoral students in the arts and humanities across the three universities.”
Science and Universities Minister David Willetts said: "The AHRC is creating more opportunities for the next generation of researchers, both within and beyond academia in the thriving arts and humanities sector. I'm particularly pleased to see an emphasis on student placements and additional skills training among the new arrangements.”
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. We are delighted at how the sector, and partners beyond the sector, have responded and we look forward to working closely with them to support the next generation.”
Further information, including details of the doctoral studentship funding and application process can be found at www.arts-and-humanities.whiterose.ac.uk/college-of-arts-humanities/