SOAS University of London

Influential arts and humanities consortium wins AHRC bid to support SOAS PhD researchers

15 August 2018

SOAS University of London is to receive further AHRC funding for PhD researchers in the arts and humanities as a result of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England’s (CHASE) latest successful bid.

Co-ordinated by the University of Sussex, this second Doctoral Training Partnership award is a collaboration involving SOAS, Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths and Birkbeck.

One of 10 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships awarded across the UK, 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.

SOAS Pro-Director (Research and Enterprise) Professor Andrea Cornwall said: “I am delighted that CHASE is continuing. We have seen some brilliant work come out from this consortium, and we look forward to this renewed opportunity to work together to support cutting-edge doctoral research and to take up the wider opportunities this presents for collaboration."

Dr Denise deCaires Narain, 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.”

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.”