A wealth of expertise in fostering new fields of research A wealth of expertise in fostering new fields of research

The Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) will strengthen current collaboration and develop new cross-disciplinary research between its three member universities.

East Anglia, Essex and Kent are among the universities established in the UK in the 1960s and which today make a major contribution to the UK’s university sector. Together they have over 50,000 students, 2,000 academic staff and more than 20 academic departments in the top 10 for research, according to the government’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise. They have a total combined annual turnover of £540 million.


The Eastern ARC takes a five/50-year view – a commitment to growing cooperation over the next five years with the aim of enhancing our success over the next 50. By acting collaboratively, the consortium will respond creatively and effectively to key drivers that are changing the landscape of research and research training in UK higher education. The initial focus will be on three broad interdisciplinary areas, with each university acting as academic lead in one of the areas:

  • Digital Humanities, led by the University of Kent
  • Quantitative Social Science, led by the University of Essex
  • Synthetic Biology, led by the University of East Anglia


Find out more about Eastern ARC


Eastern ARC



Goldsmiths College



University of Kent






University of Essex



University of Sussex



Courtauld Institute



Open University