Leading the way in arts and humanities research

06 Mar 2009 15:15:00.000

The University of Nottingham is celebrating after being awarded 138 postgraduate studentships to support research in the arts and humanities over the next five years.   

The award, estimated to be worth in excess of £5 million, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will fund 82 PhD and 56 Masters studentships in 16 subject areas across the University’s Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Law and Education.  

Feedback on the bid said the University submitted compelling evidence that it provides excellent planning and delivery of high-quality postgraduate research and training in the arts and humanities.

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Professor Sharon Monteith, from the School of American and Canadian Studies, said: “The AHRC’s investment in our studentships has been and will continue to be vital to the Arts Faculty’s commitment to renewing the profession. The strength of our postgraduate culture is vital to maintaining the health of the Arts and Humanities and to supporting the different subject communities.” 

Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Arts, Professor Karen Cox, said: “This substantial award reaffirms the University’s position as one of the country’s leading research institutions in the fields of Arts and the Humanities. It will safeguard our long-term planning for, and delivery of, high quality postgraduate research and training. It also means we will attract the highest calibre of research student.” 

The University has a deadline for applications to these awards of 2 April 2009.  Further details and application forms are available from http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/gradschool/ahrc/


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings. 

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk)  in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City. 

Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk

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