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Universities get a share of PS14m research grant; CARDIFF AND ABERYSTWYTH TO BENEFIT FROM ARTS HELP.

Byline: GARETH EVANS Education Correspondent gareth.evans@walesonline.co.uk

TWO Welsh universities have been jointly awarded arts and humanities funding to support postgraduate study into the economy and society.

The new South, West and Wales Consortium, in which Cardiff and Aberystwyth universities are joined with six others - Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Southampton - has been awarded PS14.2m from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The money will be used over the next five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

The consortium is one of 11 new doctoral training partnerships (DTPs) and seven centres for doctoral training (CDTs) to have been awarded a total of PS164m funding from the AHRC.

The South, West and Wales Consortium will offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of AHRC disciplines, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between the members of the consortium and 19 partner organisations, including the BBC, Cadw and National Library of Wales.

Professor George Boyne, pro vice-chancellor of Cardiff's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, said: "I am delighted to see Cardiff involved in the new consortium.

"This scheme will be integral to the training and development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral students and Cardiff is well placed to use its significant research expertise to nurture this new talent."

The funding, which equates to 200 new studentships, will allow for innovative postgraduate support, including the development of broader skills such as partnership working and language skills, and experience in working outside academia through industry and international placements.

The consortium's successful bid for funding was praised for its "consistent and convincing strategy for the provision of a very high-quality training environment for postgraduates". AHRC funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects.

This financial year it will spend around PS98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners.

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Date:Oct 24, 2013
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