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Major grant awarded for heritage research

15 October 13

A research consortium involving the University of Bradford¿s archaeology department has been awarded more than £1.8 million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The award equates to approximately 26 fully-funded PhD studentships, which will be shared between the Consortium’s seven member universities. All seven have also pledged considerable matched funding, increasing the overall number of awards by up to 14. In addition, each member organisation will fund one Master’s studentship every year for the five years of the AHRC award.

The Heritage Consortium is led by the University of Hull, in collaboration with the Universities of Bradford and Huddersfield, Leeds Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Sheffield Hallam University and Teeside University.

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology, Dr Randolph E. Donahue, said: "As the AHRC BGP Coordinator for the University of Bradford I am extremely delighted that the AHRC has recognized the strength of the consortium in heritage research and particularly the strength of heritage science at the University."

Whilst the University of Bradford brings particular expertise in archaeological sciences other members of the consortium contribute strengths in fields such as: maritime history, port and coastal heritage, digital archiving, conservation and community empowerment.

The studentship awards will also include placement opportunities with an extensive range of partner heritage organisations; including Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation, and the International Slavery Museum.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said: "This 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.

"We are delighted at how the sector, and partners beyond the sector, have responded, and we look forward to working closely with them to support the next generation."

15 October 13

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