AHRC Block Grant Partnership

Northumbria and Sunderland Universities are partners in the UK's only Collaborative AHRC Block Grant. This £800,000 partnership means the institutions are guaranteed at least 26 AHRC-funded studentships at Masters and Doctoral level between 2009 and 2014.

The partnership is an innovative and path-breaking project that builds upon existing strength within the area of practice-led visual art research at both universities. Students are able to participate in generic and subject specific research training programmes delivered by both institutions. In addition, collaborative events such as the joint conference are organized to address specific issues relating to practice-led research and enable students to develop the skills necessary to present and test their research and receive critical feedback from their peers, supervisors and invited specialists. Such events are considered crucial to the development of a student's sense of belonging to a conversational community in which they can share their experience, expertise and skills with other ambitious researchers.

A Management Group oversees the partnership with representation from both HEIs at senior academic, administration and student levels and representatives from key cultural partners from within the region.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is the UK funding body for the arts and humanities. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality and excellence are funded. Research supported by this investment provides social and cultural benefits and also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please see www.ahrc.ac.uk.

The AHRC Block Grant Partnership scheme provides funding at Master's and doctoral level to Research Organisations that have shown strong evidence of excellent strategic planning for, and delivery of, high quality postgraduate research and training in the arts and humanities. It enables long-term planning for the support of high quality postgraduate research and training by allocating awards to five annual cohorts of postgraduate students.