Universities to invest £23m in new College of Arts and Humanities

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MORE than £20m is to be invested into a new White Rose College of Arts and Humanities which will bring together Yorkshire’s three Russell Group universities.

A collaboration between the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield has received a £19m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to create the new college.

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 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. It will be co-ordinated by York University with Professor Julian Richards its 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.”

A consortium involving five other universities in the region has been given more than £1.8m from the AHRC. The Heritage Consortium is led by Hull University and includes Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Met and Sheffield Hallam. The funding will provide 26 PhD studentships in heritage research.