The seven members of the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) have together committed to awarding up to 375 PhD studentships in the arts and humanities over the next five years.
One of 11 new doctoral training partnerships (DTPs) in the UK, CHASE has enrolled its first students this month.
Funded by a £17m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and more than £10m from its seven partner institutions (Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex), CHASE aims to create a research environment that supports a new generation of doctoral students in creating their own cultures of research and practice.
Professor Vicky Lebeau, CHASE Director and a Professor of English at the University of Sussex, says: “With 74 students joining us in October, the signing of the consortium agreement could not be better timed.
“CHASE represents a substantial investment in the arts and humanities and I look forward to working together to develop our doctoral research programme.”
The CHASE Strategy Board, formed of senior representatives from each institution, began their meeting at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London earlier this month with the official signing of the CHASE agreement.