The University of East Anglia has this week been awarded a share of a £17m grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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Funding was awarded to the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) of which UEA is a member. UEA is partnered with The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of Essex, Kent, and Sussex with the aim of “promoting excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities”.

The CHASE partnership aims to raise the national and international profile of the universities, engage with employers, develop partnerships to encourage creativity and to support world-class researchers in the understanding of human culture and creativity.
Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, who leads the UEA’s involvement in CHASE, said: “This award will ensure that the very best researchers can take that vision forward into the future.”

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis by the partner universities and four different panels.

For doctoral students at UEA and the partner universities the grant presents an opportunity to apply for funding to cover fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities. It is estimated that more than 230 students will stand to benefit from the award across the seven institutions over the course of five years.