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Queen Mary's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences awarded funding for doctoral training

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has announced a new tranche of funding for doctoral training partnerships in arts and humanities at Queen Mary Univeristy of London.

15 August 2018

Queen Mary students can see stunning views across London from the Graduate Centre, a new £39m building added to our Mile End campus in 2017.

The latest AHRC award will fund and train postgraduate students over five annual cohorts from October 2019 across the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), which already has more than 750 active research staff and 1,300 PhD students.

Professor Matthew Hilton, Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, said: “Our research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is world-leading and I am delighted that through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership we will be able to take this to a new level in the coming years.”

Queen Mary joined the AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership, LAHP, as an associate member in 2014.

Benefits for postgraduate students

PhD students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary have access to a wide range of research training activities with LAHP universities, including courses, seminars and events.

Dr David Williams, Deputy Dean for Research (PGR) at Queen Mary, said: “This Doctoral Training Programme, with its network of partnerships, provides an invaluable opportunity for the growth and development of Queen Mary’s future researchers across a range of disciplines.

“By giving our students access to leading cultural partners like the V&A and Google, in addition to drawing inspiration from Queen Mary’s dynamic East End location, we are producing culturally-aware scholars who will contribute positively to society.”

The LAHP supports discipline-based projects, but also specialises in interdisciplinary research across a range of environments from the cultural and creative industries, to public service, civic engagement and government, to legal, business and commercial enterprise.

Academic and cultural partnerships

In addition to training, the initiative encourages doctoral researchers to develop new ways of carrying out research. It also has a network of partnerships with leading organisations in the cultural sector, providing a useful resource for students in Queen Mary’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

LAHP includes seven other higher education institutions – it is led by UCL, and other partners alongside Queen Mary include King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, the Royal College of Art, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, the Royal College of Music, and the School of Advanced Study (University of London).

The LAHP’s key values and strategy have been developed in extensive consultation with six cultural partners. Collaboration with the Museum of London, the Metropolitan Police, and The National Archives will offer students the opportunity to engage with diverse London communities, while the V&A, Google, and the Wellcome Trust will bring expertise to the design, digital and environmental strand of the LAHP training programme.

For media information, contact:

Paul Jordan
Faculty Communications Manager (HSS)