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Loughborough part of successful AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership

Loughborough University London is part of a consortium of universities in London and the south east that form a national Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) focusing on the arts and humanities disciplines.

TECHNE is one of ten Doctoral Training Partnerships receiving funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of their commitment to supporting postgraduate-level research into the arts and humanities disciplines.  

Originally established in 2014, TECHNE has successfully collaborated with partner institutions and external organisations across London and the south east to deliver industry-relevant research across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. The latest round of funding enables the consortium to widen its remit and continue this work. 

Led by Royal Holloway University of London, the other academic consortium members are:

  • The University of Brighton
  • Kingston University
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Surrey 
  • University of the Arts London 
  • Brunel University
  • Loughborough University London
  • University of Westminster

As part of the DTP consortium, Loughborough University London will create studentships for high-achieving arts and humanities scholars starting in October 2019.

The studentships will be offered by the Institute for Design Innovation and the Institute for Media and Creative Industries

Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough University said:

“We are delighted to be part of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership and look forward to supporting its impact and success. 

“Loughborough University London will bring a unique contribution to the development of the partnership by offering fantastic industry links and a fresh perspective on interdisciplinary research.”

Professor David Deacon, Dean for Loughborough University London added:

“Loughborough University London’s participation in the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership offers exciting opportunities for aspiring researchers to benefit from our research excellence in design innovation, media, communication and social change.

“The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is constantly being transformed by cultural and creative innovation, and is the ideal location for researchers to witness the power and significance of the arts and humanities. Participants in this regeneration range from community-based arts initiatives through to global, cultural institutions.”

Professor Edward Harcourt, AHRC Director of Research 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."

Professor Katie Normington, TECHNE Director said:

"We are thrilled to receive this endorsement from the AHRC of TECHNE’s vision for its development over the next five years. We will build on the strengths of the original Doctoral Training Partnership, and our collective commitment to valuing interdisciplinary research, to deliver a rich, diverse and stimulating environment for doctoral students in the arts and humanities."

TECHNE will build on its track record of supporting outstanding doctoral researchers to pursue the ‘craft’ of research by embracing innovative, interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on creativity and practice. 

The vision and the training offered by TECHNE emphasises the interweaving of critical thinking, making, and reflexive action in the craft of research. 

Non-university Partners are integral to this vision. TECHNE encourages its researchers to find postdoctoral careers both within and beyond the higher education sector, and actively support exchanges with staff in non-academic partner organisations. Twenty percent of TECHNE studentships will involve collaboration and joint supervision from TECHNE's non-university partners.

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