Welcome to those of you who are planning to
attend the Techne Open Evening on Wednesday 29th September!
This year's online Open Evening has been
designed to give prospective applicants
information about the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership in addition to the
training and partner engagement opportunities that are available to Techne
students. We will also explain the various stages of the application
This page is designed to give further
information about the nine Universities that make up the Techne Doctoral Training
Partnership, their application deadlines and contact details. You will
have the chance to request information/contact details of specific Supervisors
at those Techne institutions after the Open Evening.
We look forward to meeting with you on the 29th
Prof. Harriet Hawkins (Techne Director)
Brunel University London
University has a long established and distinguished social and political
science faculty based in subject disciplines such as Media, Communications,
Sociology, Politics, History and Anthropology. Around the turn of the century,
Brunel added an arts faculty to its campus through the absorption of the West
London Institute of Higher Education. Programmes with significant staff
expertise in English, Theatre, Film and TV, Music have been added to with
exciting developments in recent years in Games and Creative Writing. A
particular strength of these programmes has been the blended integration of
theory and practice to produce reflexive practitioners.
A flavour of Brunel faculty interests and expertise may be
found in the recent conference organised for Techne students, On Experience .
Faculty staff in the above programmes sit within the
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences and Techne students will become
members of one of the College’s two interdisciplinary research centres, Global
Lives or the Institute of Communities and Society.
This year CBASS begins new initiative, a series of internal
interdisciplinary themed lectures and discussions by faculty staff for all
doctoral students on Keyworks by various thinkers.
Applicants applying to Techne through Brunel will have dedicated
supervisory support and benefit from advice and review processes led by
Brunel’s Techne Lead co-ordinator Professor Michael Wayne, to ensure wide input
into the application. The internal deadline for Brunel is December 17th 2021.
University comprises of four campuses in Kingston town centre, within 30
minutes of London by train. Recognised as a leading research university in the
arts and humanities, our PhD students benefit from our interdisciplinary focus
and our commitment to research with national and international impact. As a
founder partner in Techne, the majority of our PhD students are based in the
University’s Faculty of Kingston School of Art, which has over 300 PhD students
and is supported by our state-of-the art workshops and specialist facilities,
as well as a dedicated programme of research training and mentorship.
Techne community at Kingston currently comprises over 60 part and full time PhD
students across all of the Techne subject areas in the practice, history and
theory of the arts and humanities. These include Collaborative Doctoral Awards
with partner organisations: the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, BFI, Chisenhale Gallery
London, Crafts Council, Distrito Castellana Norte Madrid and the ICA. Central
to our culture is the bringing together of disciplinary strengths and interdisciplinary
research themes that seek to push the boundaries of what can be imagined,
created, and produced. All PGR researchers are part of our University Research
Centres of Excellence and Research Groups, that provide a central focus for
research and mentorship.
Loughborough University London is an inspiring
postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research,
Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering
researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate
experiences the UK has to offer.
Our techne students are based in two of our Institutes – the
Institute for Design Innovation and the Institute for Media and Creative
Industries. We specialise in research on design futures, inclusive design,
design for social change, communication for social change, digital ethnography
and the future of the creative industries.
students are researching a range of topics including: the use of public space,
art and community activism, with a focus on graffiti in Birmingham and
Barcelona ; contemporary performance poetry communities and their use of
digital media; retail futures in the circular economy with a focus on
sustainable production and consumption systems; meaning making practices and the
role of aesthetics in design, focusing on the sense of touch; politicising
public engagement through critical design; exploring the relationships between
women of colour and books through storytelling personal collections; exploring
creative repertoires for public participation through design activism; and, a
CDA with the British Library exploring inclusive access, discoverability and
the use of the Library’s digital educational resources for young people.
UAL is one University made up of
6 colleges and 19,000 students from across the globe. We are in the top 2 in
the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings 2021)
UAL has a
vibrant community of researchers. We offer practice-base and theoretical
research programmes leading to MPhil or PhD. There are currently over 300 Post
graduate research students at UAL who enjoy full access to all our college
resources as well as training and support.
has 30 techne funded students who are based across all of our Colleges and Institutes – Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon, Central Saint
Martins, Creative Computing Institute, London College of Communication, London
College of Fashion. All PGR students are fully integrated into the UAL Research
The University of Brighton
has been part of the city of Brighton & Hove since 1859, starting as a
school of art in the kitchens of the Royal Pavilion and growing to become the
diverse and inclusive institution it is today. We have some 19,000 students and
2,600 staff studying and working at our various campuses. Subjects taught here
range from medicine to engineering, psychology to illustration, sport science
to English literature. Our students are part of a dynamic, diverse and creative
community that embraces partnership working and that makes a positive
difference to society.
Here at Brighton we
currently have 37 fully funded Techne students, working in our rich, vibrant
academic community. We are looking for motivated and engaged
individuals to apply for Techne studentships and join us, studying across our
research strengths in the Arts and Humanities. Applicants will be educated to
Masters level, or equivalent, and meet AHRC eligibility criteria for funding.
Your application will go through a two-stage process, being considered first by
the University of Brighton Doctoral College.
Follow this link for
information about how to apply, who to contact and timeline for applications:
Holloway, University of London is in the top 25 of the UK’s leading research
Universities and is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the
humanities, geo-humanities, the performing and dramatic arts and law. Postgraduate Research Students who
study for a PhD at Royal
become part of a close-knit, multi-cultural research community located on an
historic campus within easy reach of London.
the managing institution for Techne, Royal Holloway supports excellent
disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that is driven by innovative
partnerships. This aligns with the
Techne focus of supporting the production of interdisciplinary research through
the co-creation of knowledge for example through Collaborative Doctoral Awards,
which are run with external partner organisations.
students at Royal Holloway join a thriving and innovative research culture and
are based in the Schools of Humanities (including Classics, English, Languages,
Literatures and Cultures, and History), Performing and Digital Arts (including
Music, Media Arts, and Drama, Theatre and Dance) and the Department of Life
Sciences and the Environment (including the Department of Geography)
wide range of current research projects that Techne students at Royal Holloway
are working on include subjects such as 'Ulster Television in the 1960s: the unknown
history' , ‘The Italian movement of Kinetic and Programmed Art: a
relationship between Art and Science’ and ‘Aphasia, Re-assembly and Resemblance
in the Black British poetry of the 21st Century’. All PhD students have
a dedicated supervisory team with support and advice on Techne being provided
by the Directors of Postgraduate Education and the Doctoral School.
details on how to apply to Royal Holloway for your Techne studentship can be
found at this web page. This video captures the
community at Royal Holloway.
University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is
a leading university located within the county town of
Guildford, Surrey in the South East of England, UK. The Doctoral
College, situated within the University of Surrey, provides innovative and
world-class doctoral training, with an outstanding research environment that
connects supervisors, doctoral researchers, and research support staff within a
multi-disciplinary approach, making the University of Surrey the ideal place to
start your research career. We are also committed to addressing inequalities in
participation in doctoral degree programmes, ensuring that our Doctoral College
is accessible, inclusive and representative of the society we live in.
The Doctoral College offers numerous
community-building initiatives alongside comprehensive training and mentoring
programmes, including the Building Research Communities funding competition, an
annual Doctoral College Conference, Researcher Cafes, the Postgraduate Society
and a ‘Coffee Lottery’ to help new researchers meet. The Guildford
School of Acting also provides cutting-edge
theatre research, performance spaces and industry connections. The two
following networks are of particular interest to our techne researchers:
23 Things International is a Surrey-led programme
connecting researchers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, introducing
online tools for research and professional profile building.
You can find out more about how to
apply for a Techne studentship at Surrey here.
The deadline for applications is 24th January 2022, and you can
contact email@example.com with any queries.
University of Westminster
University of Westminsterstarted out 180 years ago as the first polytechnic in London and one of the
first in the UK, established to educate the working people of London. Today, the University continues to build on
this reputation, helping students from a variety of backgrounds to realise
their full potential. You can here the
stories and experiences of current doctoral students here
University prides itself on pursuing leading, innovative research across a wide
range of disciplines, in Britain and across the world. REF2014 – the UK
government’s assessment of research produced by Universities - judged 90% of
our research as internationally recognised, excellent, and world-leading.
Graduate School at the University of Westminster is proud too of the experience of research we make
possible for our doctoral students. In the Postgraduate Research Experience
Survey 2021, 82% of our students rated the overall experience of their research
degree positively (the 18th highest satisfaction rate nationally), and 90% were
happy with their supervision (the 19th highest score nationally). Both of these
satisfaction rates were well above the sector average, and Westminster was also
ranked in the top 25% of institutions nationally for research degree
progression (where we ranked 3rd) and responsibilities (where we ranked 10th).
Graduate School aims to continue to provide a distinctive, high-quality, and
vibrant experience for doctoral researchers.
It provides opportunities for all doctoral students to work within an
exciting interdisciplinary research environment, to attend tailor-made
workshops and to benefit from personal development planning guidance in order
to enhance their individual research projects.
University of Westminster is delighted to be one of the nine universities which
make up the AHRC-funded Techne Doctoral Training Partnership.
we are offering Techne studentships
in the following areas:
Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM). The Centre was judged by REF 2014 as the UK’s leading research centre
working across art and design, with a rating of 95% of our research as ‘world
leading’ or’ internationally excellent’ (see: https://cream.ac.uk/).
and Media Research Institute
(CAMRI). The Communication and Media Institute (CAMRI) is a world leading
centre in the study of media and communication, renowned for its critical and
international research which has consistently been ranked highly according to
the Research Excellence Framework and the QS World University rankings. In REF 2014 52% of our work was ranked ‘world
leading’ and 87% ‘internationally excellent’ (see http://www.camri.ac.uk)
Literature, Languages and Visual Culture, which are all part of the School of Humanities (see https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-university/our-colleges-and-schools). The
research publications of the School’s staff in English Language, Literature and
Linguistics were ranked by REF 2014 as being in the top 20 of departments in
the UK and we also have ‘internationally excellent’ research in Visual Culture
and in Modern Languages, including French, Spanish and Chinese.
you are interested in applying for a place at the University of Westminster
supported by a Techne studentship, we
strongly recommend you first contact a member of the academic staff in the
relevant area and talk to them about your proposal. Contact details: