Twenty-one awards gained in the recent AHRC Block Grant Partnership: Capacity Building Competition.
12 May 2011
The Centre for Research and Development is delighted to announce that the Faculty of Arts has been successful in the recent AHRC Block Grant Partnership: Capacity Building Competition 2011-2013.
The faculty submitted an application as part of a consortium with the University of Chichester with the intention of developing a partnership that will secure a strong funding base for postgraduate research in the longer-term, both in the Faculty and regionally.
In combination the two universities secured a total of 21 awards over 3 years: 8 PhD studentships; 6 Research Preparation Masters studentships and 8 Professional Preparation Masters (the latter to be administered by the University of Chichester); a profit that compares extremely favourably with that of the majority of our competitors.
The AHRC Panel considered the Faculty’s application which included requests for studentships in each of the three Schools over a wide range of subject domains and came to their decisions as to the distribution of the above awards based upon:
To this end, the original call prioritised studentships in the area of the Visual and Performing Arts and Design, with some recognition of other disciplines that had not been well represented in the Block Grant Awards provision to date. Over the three years there were in total approximately 115 doctoral awards available nationally, 65 Research Preparation Masters and 210 Professional Preparation Masters with over 70 institutions competing. The Brighton-Chichester consortium gained about 7% of the Doctoral Awards, 10% of the Research Preparation Masters and almost 4% of the Professional Preparation Masters.
2011 – 2012
3 Doctoral Awards at the University of Brighton in the subjects of: 1) Photography 2) History of Design and Material Culture, and 3) Design for Well-Being (1 award each).
2 Research Preparation Masters for 1) the MA in Performance and Visual Practices MA and 2) for the Fine Art programme in the areas of Sculpture, Printmaking or Inclusive Arts Practice and (1 award each).
2012 – 2013
2 Doctoral Awards in the subjects of: 1) Critical Fine Art Practice and 2) Museums and Cultural Practice (1 award each).
2 Research Preparation Masters Awards for 1) MA Architectural and Urban Studies and 2) MA Sequential Design and Illustration (1 award each).
2013 – 2014
3 Doctoral Awards in the subjects of: 1) Cultural Heritage and Archives; 2) Design and Ageing or Sustainable Design and 3) Screendance (1 award each).
2 Research Preparation Masters Awards for 1) the Fine Art programme in the areas of Sculpture, Printmaking or Inclusive Arts Practice and 2) the MA in the History of Design and Material Culture (1 award each).
These awards represent a significant step forward for the Faculty’s postgraduate provision, whilst consolidating the strides we have been making in the AHRC studentship competition over the past few years. The 2011 – 2012 awards will be advertised nationally. We are happy to receive inter-disciplinary applications based in the doctoral subjects identified above. A panel including the appropriate subject-specialists will meet to short-list prior to interview week commencing 11 July 2011.
The CRD/Research Student Division’s commitment to supporting such provision across the faculty continues with renewed confidence and to this end we offer hands-on support to colleagues wishing to apply for further studentships, for example, as part of an AHRC research grant proposal or in the form of a Collaborative Doctoral Award. To this end, we are also delighted to announce that the CRD has also secured 2 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) with the Design Museum from 2011, which reflects a 100% record in this competition, with a total of 5 awards in the last 2 years.