Two new Doctoral Training Centres funded by AHRC and EPSRC

Phillip.Lindley | November 25, 2013

Excellent news for the next generation of Heritage Science Researchers!

The Midlands is enhancing its status as a centre of excellence for a new generation of highly-skilled arts and humanities researchers, thanks to a multimillion pound partnership between six of the region’s universities.

The Midlands Three Cities consortium is to receive a grant of £14.6 million that will result in hundreds of new postgraduate studentship opportunities across the region.

The consortium — which brings together academic expertise from The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, The University of Leicester and De Montfort University — is one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) announced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which, along with seven new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), will deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

Students interested in applying to study for a PhD with me on some aspect of Cultural Heritage, should contact me to discuss their proposals at:

For those interested in conservation science, the great news is that, on Friday 22nd November, the Government announced that it will fund the establishment of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) to be led by UCL in partnership with Oxford University (Professor Heather Viles, Co-Director) and the University of Brighton (Professor David Arnold, Co-Director).

Over the next 8 years, starting in October 2014, a minimum of 60 heritage scientists supported by scholarships will be trained utilising tripartite supervision by the three universities, industry and cultural institutions.  Won competitively, SEAHA is one of 72 funded CDTs out of over 500 proposals across science and engineering originally submitted; it is the single largest investment to date in heritage science by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Promising researchers can find out more about studying at SEAHA and to register their expression of research interest at<>

Professor May Cassar, Co-Director, emphasises that she is looking to develop high calibre researchers in order to strengthen the next generation of heritage scientists that the Science and Heritage Programme began.

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