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UEA part of consortium awarded Social Science research funding

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is part of a consortium of 10 universities in the South East of England awarded a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

UEA is a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences-focused research and training partnership, and the award will enable SeNSS to offer fully-funded doctoral studentships for six years from October 2017, along with a number of post-doctoral fellowships.

“This is excellent news for UEA and reinforces our credentials as a world-class university for research,” said Dr Yann Lebeau, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research in UEA’s Faculty of Social Sciences. “The award means that we can now offer ESRC-funded studentships across all four faculties, giving the highest-calibre social science students the chance to pursue their doctoral studies at UEA in a truly interdisciplinary environment.”

The consortium will offer studentships across 13 subjects, from Business and Management Studies to Social Work and Social Policy, 12 of which are available at UEA. Advertising for student applications begins in mid-October 2016 on UEA and partner websites, and on commercial PhD project advertising webpages. The first successful recipients of these awards will begin their studies in October 2017.

“The breadth of our offering is a mark of the quality and strength of the university’s social sciences teaching and research as well as our commitment to providing world-class training for the next generation of social scientists,” said Dr Lebeau.

The ESRC will fund 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships, including SeNSS, with a total of around 500 studentships and 50 post-doctoral fellowships. The universities in the SeNSS consortium have more than 200 existing partnerships with external organisations, underpinning wider plans for further quality collaborations.

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