press release
Published: 04 May 2018

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences secures a record eight TECHNE scholarships

The University of Surrey has been awarded a record eight TECHNE scholarships this year across a variety of specialisms within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Doctoral College hallway at the University of Surrey

The TECHNE consortium is a Doctoral Training Partnership consisting of the following seven universities in London and the South-East: Royal Holloway, University of London, Kingston University, Royal College of Art, University of Arts London, University of Brighton, University of Roehampton and the University of Surrey.

TECHNE is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and has approximately 50 AHRC scholarships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. Each year the consortium run a competitive process where doctoral candidates apply for funding for their PhD. This funding is very prestigious and 2018 marks a record year for Surrey students working across a variety of subjects in FASS. The faculty is proud to bring together scholars and students from across an extraordinary range of academic disciplines in a learning community dedicated to the discovery and enrichment of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

"We are delighted with Surrey’s outstanding performance in the TECHNE studentship competition this year."

Shane Dowle, Doctoral College Manager

TECHNE scholarships offer students extensive scholarly training and opportunities to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication that are valued in academic and work contexts. Scholarships include maintenance and fees for three years for full time students and five or six years for part time students.

The university’s Doctoral College supports academic and professional development of postgraduate and early career researchers and the team will work closely with the new scholarship students.

Shane Dowle, Doctoral College Manager, said: “We are delighted with Surrey’s outstanding performance in the TECHNE studentship competition this year. It is an extremely competitive process and our success is a testament to the hard work that colleagues and students have put into developing novel and exciting research agendas. We look forward to welcoming our TECHNE students in October and seeing how their projects unfold.”

The eight scholarships cover a range of diverse topics, from pre-Raphaelite art to deterministic memory. Five of the scholarships were awarded to students studying literature and languages, two to music and media and one to Guildford School of Acting (GSA).

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Professor Rachel Brooks

Professor Rachel Brooks, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean at the Doctoral College, said: “We are delighted at the success the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has had with securing so many prestigious TECHNE scholarships in the most recent round of the competition. These awards are important, not only in recognising the calibre of the doctoral students who come to study at the University of Surrey, but also in helping to expand our thriving community of postgraduate researchers.”