Loughborough part of successful AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership

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Loughborough University London is part of a consortium of universities in London and the south east that form a national Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) focusing on the arts and humanities disciplines.

TECHNE is one of ten Doctoral Training Partnerships receiving funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of their commitment to supporting postgraduate-level research into the arts and humanities disciplines.  
 
Originally established in 2014, TECHNE has successfully collaborated with partner institutions and external organisations across London and the south east to deliver industry-relevant research across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. The latest round of funding enables the consortium to widen its remit and continue this work. 
 
Led by Royal Holloway University of London, the other academic consortium members are:
  • The University of Brighton
  • Kingston University
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Surrey 
  • University of the Arts London 
  • Brunel University
  • Loughborough University London
  • University of Westminster
As part of the DTP consortium, Loughborough University London will create studentships for high-achieving arts and humanities scholars starting in October 2019*. The studentships will be offered by the Institute for Design Innovation and the Institute for Media and Creative Industries
 
Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough University said:
We are delighted to be part of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership and look forward to supporting its impact and success.  Loughborough University London will bring a unique contribution to the development of the partnership by offering fantastic industry links and a fresh perspective on interdisciplinary research
Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor David Deacon, Dean for Loughborough University London said:
Loughborough University London’s participation in the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership offers exciting opportunities for aspiring researchers to benefit from our research excellence in design innovation, media, communication and social change. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is constantly being transformed by cultural and creative innovation, and is the ideal location for researchers to witness the power and significance of the arts and humanities. Participants in this regeneration range from community-based arts initiatives through to global, cultural institutions.
Professor David Deacon, Acting Dean for Loughborough University London
Professor Edward Harcourt, AHRC Director of Research said:
The AHRC is delighted to announce its renewed commitment to the Doctoral Training Partnerships model. Our support for the next generation of arts and humanities researchers is critical to securing the future of the UK arts and humanities sector, which accounts for nearly a third of all UK academic staff, is renowned the world over for its outstanding quality, and which plays a vital part in our higher education ecosystem as a whole. We were extremely pleased with the response to our call, which saw high-quality applications from across the UK from a variety of diverse and innovative consortia, each with a clear strategy and vision for the future support of their doctoral students.
Professor Edward Harcourt, AHRC Director of Research
Professor Katie Normington, TECHNE Director said:
We are thrilled to receive this endorsement from the AHRC of TECHNE’s vision for its development over the next five years.  We will build on the strengths of the original Doctoral Training Partnership, and our collective commitment to valuing interdisciplinary research, to deliver a rich, diverse and stimulating environment for doctoral students in the arts and humanities.
Professor Katie Normington, TECHNE Director
TECHNE will build on its track record of supporting outstanding doctoral researchers to pursue the ‘craft’ of research by embracing innovative, interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on creativity and practice. 
 
The vision and the training offered by TECHNE emphasises the interweaving of critical thinking, making, and reflexive action in the craft of research.  Non-university Partners are integral to this vision. TECHNE encourages its researchers to find postdoctoral careers both within and beyond the higher education sector, and actively support exchanges with staff in non-academic partner organisations. Twenty percent of TECHNE studentships will involve collaboration and joint supervision from TECHNE's non-university partners.
 
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.