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NEW MEMBERS FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES CONSORTIUM

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NEW MEMBERS FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES CONSORTIUM

CHASE DTP

The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts, South-East England is pleased to welcome two new members: SOAS, University of London, and Birkbeck, University of London.

The new members bring internationally significant research strengths in the arts and humanities to the Consortium, and will contribute to the development of a distinctive CHASE research environment.

CHASE hosts one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) in the UK, and enrolled its first students in October. As part of their membership, SOAS and Birkbeck will engage with aspects of the DTP, including access for their students to its programme of skills training for doctoral researchers.

Funded by a £17m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and more than £10m from its seven member institutions (Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex), CHASE DTP aims to create a research environment that will support a new generation of doctoral students in creating their own cultures of research and practice.

Whilst Birkbeck and SOAS will not receive studentship funding from the AHRC DTP award, their PhD students will be participating in ‘cohort development’ events supported by the AHRC grant, and the two institutions will make financial contributions to the CHASE cohort development fund.

Professor Vicky Lebeau, CHASE Director and Professor of English at the University of Sussex, says: “We are delighted to welcome Birkbeck and SOAS to CHASE. Both are unique institutions and we look forward to working with them to further develop the CHASE ethos and environment for our researchers.”

Professor Richard Black, SOAS Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise), says: "I am extremely pleased that SOAS has been accepted as a member of CHASE. The greater access to skills training this will bring will be a positive benefit for our PhD students and the wider School. I look forward to collaborating with CHASE partners in the months and years ahead."

Professor Matthew Innes, Vice Master of Birkbeck, says: “We are delighted to join CHASE and the research environment it is developing. Our students will benefit hugely from CHASE doctoral training activities and events. Birkbeck’s unique mission and vibrant traditions of doctoral research will be strengthened by this collaboration, and we look forward enthusiastically to a creative partnership.”

To learn more about CHASE DTP or the members, partners or students, visit www.chase.ac.uk, follow @CHASE_DTP on Twitter, or email enquiries@chase.ac.uk.

Notes for editors.

CHASE originally brought together 7 leading research universities: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, to which are added SOAS, University of London and Birkbeck, University of London. CHASE received a £17m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. As one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, CHASE DTP enrolled its first students in October 2014. In addition to the AHRC’s commitment, our members have committed over £10m in studentship funding: over the 5 years of the award CHASE will support over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across our member institutions.