Westminster is to join eight higher education institutions in London and the south-east part of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which secured a further five years of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) will both be involved with the DTP. Joining TECHNE, their two PhD programmes will help to educate the next generation of future leaders in the study and practice of communication and arts.

The TECHNE consortium, named in reference to the Greek term for craft, was established in 2014 to provide scholarships to fund research across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. It will build on its track record of supporting exceptional PhD students’ research through innovative approaches focused on creativity and practice.

CAMRI Co-Director Professor Christian Fuchs commented: “CREAM and CAMRI are delighted to join TECHNE. Based on our success in REF-2014 that confirmed CAMRI and CREAM’s world-class research status in communication and art research, we will use TECHNE-2 as an opportunity for contributing to the education of the next generation of research leaders in arts and communication research.”

TECHNE is one of ten DTPs receiving funding from the AHRC as part of their commitment to postgraduate funding in the arts and humanities. The renewed support will fund five groups of 57 students each, starting 2019/20.

CREAM Co-Director Professor Neal White explained: “CREAM and CAMRI have built their international reputation through our engagement of art research and communication studies with a wide range of academic disciplines, from sociology, law and politics to art, science and technology. We are delighted to take part in TECHNE, a programme that will help us support doctoral research as it is shaped by an increasingly transdisciplinary shift in academic research.”

TECHNE’s existing members Royal Holloway University of London, University of Brighton, Kingston University, University of Roehampton, University of Surrey and University of the Arts London will be joined by the University of Westminster, Brunel University and Loughborough University London.

Led by Royal Holloway University of London, the DTP emphasises the connection of critical thinking, making and reflection in research. It goes beyond Higher Education Institutions and will encourage supportive exchanges with a variety of Partner non-university organisations.

CREAM PhD Director Dr Roshini Kempadoo pointed out: “Our joining TECHNE means being able to offer a CREAM/CAMRI PhD research experience with a distinctive track record in practice-based research.”

CAMRI PhD Director Dr Anthony McNicholas said: “Participation in TECHNE is a great opportunity for the CAMRI and CREAM PhD programmes, which already have over 130 doctoral researchers between them, to both consolidate and expand on their existing contribution to research here in Westminster and now with our partner institutions.”

Professor Edward Harcourt, the AHRC’s 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.”

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