AHRC invests in the future of Research in the Celtic Languages

Posted on 15 October 2013

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded funding of £1.8 million over 5 years to a new collaborative Doctoral Training Centre in the Celtic Languages.

Led by the University of Glasgow, a consortium of 12 higher education organisations across the UK, which includes the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), will award doctoral studentships and support the training of students in a new, collaborative fashion.

Other collaborative partners include the universities of Aberdeen, Bangor, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Swansea, Queens University Belfast, the University of Ulster, the University of the Highlands and Islands/Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

These institutions will organise new training programmes in the Celtic Languages in support of this Centre, and students will be enabled in an unprecedented way to partake of shared supervision and resources across these universities, and to engage with partners outside the higher education sector.

The consortium will be aided in this by three core partners, BBC Northern Ireland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and the National Library of Wales.

Professor Dafydd Johnston, Director of the CAWCS said:

“This investment is excellent news for the future of Celtic Studies as an academic discipline, and we look forward to strengthening our links with partners across the UK through the collaborative activities of this new consortium.”

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said:

“This is an important step forward in delivering the best possible training and support for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities, and in developing a collaborative approach which pools expertise and expands horizons for postgraduate researchers.

We are delighted at how the sector and partners beyond the sector have responded, and we look forward to working closely with them to support the next generation.”

Recruitment for the first cohort of students, who will start in October 2014, will begin this winter.


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