UWE wins bid to train design doctoral students
10:10am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THE UNIVERSITY of the West of England (UWE) has won a major bid from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to become one of seven new centres for doctoral training.
Together with Falmouth University and the University of Plymouth in the 3D3 consortium, UWE will recruit ten doctoral students per annum for five years.
Recruits will be studying in the fields of digital design, digital media and digital arts as well as including music and performance.
The students will all be practice-led and will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by rapidly evolving digital technologies including the interface with traditional crafts, media and performance.
Dr Andrew Spicer, Associate Professor from UWE, said: “The overall aim is to train a new generation of researchers able to meet the creative and design challenges of the future.
“It aligns with the AHRC's Digital Transformations research theme investigating the impact of new technologies.”
UWE's contribution will draw on its existing strengths in design, media and the visual arts that are principally located in two established research centres: The Centre for Fine Print Research led by Professor Steve Hoskins and the Digital Culture Research Centre led by Mandy Rose.
It will also tap into the new research field in Digital Cinematography led by Professor Terry Flaxton.
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said: “It is an important step forward in delivering the best possible training and support for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities, and in developing a collaborative approach which pools expertise and expands horizons for postgraduate researchers.”
The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects including ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design and the creative and performing arts.
This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners.
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