Northumbria-led consortium is AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design

AHRC CDT announcement feature imageA partnership led by Northumbria University and involving The University of Sunderland, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, has been named as one of just seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) funded by the AHRC in a press release today.

The Northumbria-Sunderland Consortium will deliver world-class, innovative research training to PhD students in art and design over the next five years. The competition to win this award was intense and the quality of all applications was very high. The Northumbria-Sunderland bid was praised for its clear evidence of innovation and the way in which it builds on and enhances the existing relationship between the partners.

Through this call the AHRC will fund two types of doctoral training consortia: Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which are large awards offering studentships across the range of AHRC’s remit; and CDTs, which are more focused consortia awards offering training, skills and capacity in priority disciplinary areas.

Over the next five years the AHRC will be providing the 11 funded DTPs and the 7 CDTs with £164m of funding which equates to 495 new full time studentships per year. This is a significant investment for AHRC, amounting to one third of its total current budget.

The Northumbria press office adds:

‘As a CDT, Northumbria and Sunderland will offer training, skills and capacity for art and design postgraduate research, building on existing partnerships with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sunderland’s National Glass Centre. This award follows the consortium’s previous success in AHRC’s first round of Block Grant Partnership funding, which funded studentships between 2008 and 2013.

Supporting the core research work of both Northumbria and Sunderland Universities, the award will support a number of studentships and also provide placement opportunities and additional training in research skills. It will also create opportunities for joint supervision, student events and conferences and peer support networks.

Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University, said: “These studentships will create life-changing opportunities for some of the nation’s most talented prospective new researchers in the arts, reflecting the AHRC’s strategy for producing world-class postgraduates.

“The Council’s award is an indicator of Northumbria University’s growing research strengths in arts disciplines, building on our award-winning collaboration with BALTIC, and will significantly enhance our interaction with the creative economy.”’

In addition to the success achieved by the Northumbria-Sunderland Consortium, Northumbria University has also been named as a partner in another successful CDT on Heritage, led by Hull University.