Glasgow to have new arts and humanities graduate school
Doctoral researchers in Scotland are set to benefit from a “unique” GBP 16.8 million initiative launched 1 October 2014 to help train the next generation of professionals working in the arts and humanities.
The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH), the University of Glasgow says, is the world’s first national graduate school for the arts and humanities, servicing 1,500 PhD students in the arts and humanities in HEIs across Scotland. It includes 16 higher education institutions plus a wide range of supporters and partners in the creative, cultural, arts and heritage sectors.
SGSAH also launched 1 October 2014 a competition to offer 50 PhD studentships, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), at one of eight Scottish HEIs. The AHRC are committed to providing up to 200 studentships over the next four years. It is also seeking bids from universities to work with public, private or third sector organisations to design bespoke doctoral research projects. The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) will provide matched funding for these projects.
Professor Dee Heddon, the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, which is hosting the new development, said, “We are delighted to welcome our first cohort of students to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.
“We bring together distinctively diverse provision, internationally renowned expertise and unique and extensive resources to support the very best doctoral training for our students. Through this they will develop and use their skills, knowledge and experience across a wide range of specialisms to benefit culture, society and the economy in Scotland and beyond.”
- GBP 16.8 million funding for collaborative venture to train the next generation of research leaders
- First cohort of students begins today
- Bespoke research projects sought in partnership with business and industry
- Competition for 50+ AHRC-funded studentships now open
“SFC’s investment of (GBP) 1.8 million will help to give aspiring research leaders opportunities that simply were not there before including the new Applied Research Collaborative Studentships. Crucially, it will help to direct all their talents and potential to the growth of the creative industries within the Scottish economy.
“I’m delighted to see the first students being welcomed to the Graduate School and I wish them every possible success.”
Professor Rick Rylance, CEO of ARHC, said, “The creation of the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities is a fine achievement and creates an exciting and imaginative environment for postgraduate research in Scotland. Through our Doctoral Training Partnership scheme we invited universities to work more closely together, drawing in partner organisations and sharing resources to offer students enhanced doctoral training.
“We are delighted that the AHRC’s funding in Scotland supports this vision. We will follow the progress of this new national Graduate School for the arts and humanities with eager interest.”
SGSAH members are:
- Abertay University
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Glasgow School of Art
- Heriot-Watt University
- Queen Margaret University
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Dundee
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of St Andrews
- University of Stirling
- University of Strathclyde
- University of the Highlands and Islands
- University of the West of Scotland
Funding for the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities comprises: GBP 14.2 million for studentships and associated training from AHRC; GBP 1.8 million for infrastructure and bespoke partnership studentships from SFC; and GBP 0.8 million cash funding from member HEIs. The School is funded for five years in the first instance, from Academic Year 2014-15. More on funding and training opportunities: www.sgsah.ac.uk