UAL is part of a successful bid for £2.3 million to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to establish the London Doctoral Design Consortium (LDOC) as a Centre for Postgraduate Research Training and will support 30 PhD studentships.
Hena Ali, PhD Research Candidate, Dept. of Graphic and Industrial Design, CSM
The Consortium of three national and world-leading institutions in art and design is led by the Royal College of Art, in partnership with Kingston University and UAL. It is supported by core industry partners including the Sorrell Foundation, The British Fashion Council, The Design Council, BT, Designing out Crime and the United Nations Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform.
The award is part of the AHRC’s new funding of Centres for Doctoral Training, which are consortia awards offering training and skills in specific disciplinary areas which are part of the AHRC’s current priorities: modern languages, creative and performing arts, design, and heritage.
The Consortium funding for LDOC is particularly welcome as it fits closely with the UAL’s research strategy in Design. It will enable this consortium to build on the highly successful Skills Development Training in Design Practice award (SKIP), which was also funded by the AHRC.
UAL is also part of a successful Consortium bid led by Royal Holloway University of London worth £13.5 million to the AHRC to establish a new Doctoral Training Partnership in London and the South-East. The AHRC will fund 176 postgraduate research studentships through the TECHNE Consortium.
Dr Philip Broadhead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said: “To have been successful in both of our bids is a significant achievement for UAL and our partners in other universities. The awards will help us in supporting our doctoral students and in enhancing the wider research culture and reputation of the University.”
TECHNE will create a new model for collaborative research skills training for PGR students across seven higher education institutions (Royal Holloway, Brighton University, Kingston University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey and UAL).
A key feature of TECHNE is the active participation of arts and cultural organisations such as the Barbican, Natural History Museum, BFI, Science Museum and Museum of London who will also provide training and development opportunities for students and strategy advice. TECHNE students will also be engaged in the wider cultural sector in the region whilst pursuing their individual research projects.