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Cardiff shares £14.2m boost to nurture next generation of arts and humanities researchers

15 Hydref 2013

Cardiff University has jointly won substantial arts and humanities funding to support postgraduate study into our economy and society.

The South, West and Wales Consortium, in which Cardiff University is joined with seven other universities – Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Southampton, has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

The Consortium is one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) to have been awarded a total of £164m funding from the AHRC.

The South, West and Wales Consortium will offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between the members of the consortium and 19 partner organisations including BBC, Cadw, CyMal (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales); National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales; Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales; Welsh National Opera and the National Trust.

Professor George, Boyne, Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences said: "I am delighted to see Cardiff involved in the new Consortium. This scheme will be integral to the training and development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral students and Cardiff is well placed to use its significant research expertise to nurture this new talent."

The funding, which equates to 200 new studentships, will allow for innovative postgraduate support, including the development of broader skills such as partnership working and language skills, and experience in working outside academia through industry and international placements.

The Consortium's successful bid for funding was praised for its "consistent and convincing strategy for the provision of a very high quality training environment for postgraduates."


Notes to editors

1. South, West and Wales Consortium: Ground-breaking research training in the Arts and Humanities led by University of Bristol in collaboration with Cardiff University, Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Exeter, Reading and Southampton, in partnership with Arnolfini Contemporary Art Gallery; English Heritage; the National Trust; BBC Drama (Cardiff); BBC Factual (Bristol); Watershed & Pervasive Media Studio; Bristol City Council & Mayoralty; Cadw; CyMal (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales); National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales; Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales; Welsh National Opera; Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität, Berlin; Kyoto University’s Graduate Schools of Letters and Institute for Research in Humanities; University of Texas at Austin; Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University; Record Offices (SW&W regions).

2.The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. 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.

3. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences & Engineering, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff's three flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places.

4. For further information contact: Emma Darling, Public Relations, Cardiff University, Tel: 02920 874499; email:

or Laura Davies College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science, Tel: 029 2087 9341, Email: