CHASE successful in AHRC bid to support public policy engagement

The Consortium of the Arts and Humanities South-East England (CHASE) is to benefit from a funding boost of over £16,000 thanks to a successful bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The funding awarded to CHASE, announced  today, aims to develop an understanding amongst doctoral students and Early Careers Researchers of how public policy is designed at different levels of government.  It also aims to, enhance an understanding  of how research can contribute to policy making in the arts and humanities and to develop the skills and networks that will support future career development and research impact.

Professor Vicky Lebeau, CHASE Director, said: ”The relations between the humanities and the development of public and social policy remain underexplored. This training initiative will be an important addition to our Public Humanities strand, and we are delighted that students across and beyond the Consortium will be able to benefit. ”

The CHASE Public Policy Engagement Skills pilot event will take place over 3 days at Goldsmiths, University of London in Autumn 2015 and will draw on the expertise of academics and non-HEI professionals from across the Consortium. The event will include talks, workshops and roundtable debates, with a view to developing online resources for future cohorts.

Information on eligibility and to how apply will be available at

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CHASE brings together 9 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, 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.