The Consortium and Its Members

The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities is coordinated by the History Department at the University of Hull and consists of Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside universities. The Consortium was established in 2014 to deliver doctoral training, widen access to Masters provision and to promote research across all arts and humanities disciplines.

Major disciplines and fields currently represented in NECAH include:

  • Archaeology
  • Art and Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Arts and New Media
  • Drama and Performing Arts
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Music

The Consortium embraces an inclusive, open-ended approach to Arts and Humanities research, and has designed structures intended to maximise cross-fertilisation and open dissemination of innovative ideas and good practice. However, we also believe that there is strength in the combination of different institutions, with individual missions and research specialisms, since it is through this diversity that new ideas and approaches will emerge. Each member brings recognised strengths in one or more key fields of research expertise and doctoral training. These strengths are supplemented by additional expertise complimenting that at other member institutions.

Strategy & Vision

The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities was founded on the ambition to provide world-leading doctoral education in all Arts and Humanities subjects, drawing on an already-established collaboration between the member universities. Our focus is on the crossing of boundaries – disciplinary boundaries and institutional boundaries – for the creation of new knowledge through research and intellectual training, and for opening new opportunities for doctoral candidates in academia and in the world beyond the academy. Our vision is concerned new paradigms for intellectual endeavour through interdisciplinarity in its truest sense: the making of new paradigms and methods which occurs best when established means of knowing are pushed across disciplinary divides. Interdisicplinarity transforms what it touches, from subject areas to practitioners. Practice-based and traditional research methods can and will learn from each other in the North of England Consortium.

To bring our vision to fruition the six founding universities will act as a true consortium, to share our considerable resources, and to use those resources to bring together the bright new minds of future research excellence in our core subjects.

Our strategy is founded on six core principles:

  • Candidates will be admitted on criteria of excellence via a single point of entry.
  • They will experience a research training programme developed for them as a cohort, but which draws on the expertise of the Consortium as a whole.
  • We will welcome and enable interdisciplinary studies as a fruitful ground for making new knowledge.
  • We provide joint expert supervision of research across the institutions that comprise the Consortium to provide students with as much guidance as necessary whilst allowing as much freedom as possible.
  • We will provide opportunities for practical experiences both within and beyond the academy for all our doctoral students so that they are fully able to produce impact and to account for the impact of their work.
  • Candidates will have unrivalled experiences on their research journeys to make it possible for them to become the shapers of arts and humanities futures.