More than £20m is to be invested in a new White Rose College of Arts and Humanities which will see Leeds University working alongside both Sheffield and York.
Yorkshire’s three Russell Group universities have received a £19m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to create the new college for doctoral students.
The universities will also be providing £4m of funding towards it. The college builds on the long-term strategic partnership between the three universities - the White Rose University Consortium.
The Doctoral Training Partnership award will allow the new White Rose College to recruit and train more than 300 fully-funded doctoral students over five years, with the first cohort starting in autumn 2014.
Professor Paul Cooke, Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Arts, at Leeds University, said: “This major success endorses our new model of collaborative doctoral training and provides a platform for long term closer partnership between the three universities in the arts and humanities. The aspiration is that relationships strengthened through the College will stimulate further research,training and knowledge exchange opportunities.”
The college will be co-ordinated by York University with Professor Julian Richards as the founding director.
He said: “The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities will provide the environment, support and opportunities to enable the brightest doctoral students to flourish and will equip them for their future careers. Students will benefit from an enhanced training programme, as well as funded opportunities to spend time with external organisations, in the UK or internationally, thus gaining the skills and experience valued by potential employers.”
A consortium of universities involving Leeds Metropolitan also received AHRC funding yesterday.
The Heritage Consortium involving five universities from Yorkshire and two from the North East has been given more than £1.8m. The partnership is led by Hull University and includes Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Met and Sheffield Hallam.
The funding will provide 26 PhD studentships in heritage research.