Vincent Hart Central Saint Martins BA18 graduate Photo by InPress Photography

Vincent Hart Central Saint Martins UAL BA18 Degree Show Photo by In-Press Photography

Postgraduate students will continue to be able to apply to UAL to pursue fully funded doctoral-level research studentships in arts and humanities subject areas over the next five years, after the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) was granted a second round of funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

TECHNE2 brings together UAL with eight other higher education institutions in London and the south-east (Royal Holloway University of London, University of Brighton, Kingston University, University of Roehampton, University of Surrey, Brunel University, Loughborough University London and the University of Westminster). It is one of ten Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK to be announced in the new round of funding by the AHRC today. Applications will open in November 2018 to select the first cohort of students to start in 2019/20.

27 students have been supported to research at UAL under the TECHNE banner since it was established in 2014 – investigating discrete themes in relation to arts-based practice such as the intersection of diaspora and identity on fashion; ecology and environmentalism in contemporary sound art and the work of art in the post-2008 “age of crisis”.

Professor Oriana Baddeley, Dean of Research at UAL said:

“It’s very welcome news that UAL can continue to offer TECHNE doctoral research awards that encourage our diverse community of students to advance knowledge within the arts. Drawing together our six colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communications and performing arts, we are home to a unique research experience that is underpinned by vital engagement from partners across the arts and cultural industries.”

DTPs place scholars within innovative training environments. TECHNE’s approach emphasises postdoctoral careers beyond higher education and nurtures supportive exchanges with staff in a variety of Partner organisations, for example The National Archives and Heathrow Airport. A fifth of TECHNE studentships will involve collaboration with and joint supervision by non-university Partners.

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.”

DTPs represent AHRC’s commitment to postgraduate funding in the arts and humanities.  TECHNE – a reference to the Greek term for craft – supports outstanding doctoral students to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on creativity and practice, interweaving critical thinking, making, and reflexive action.