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World’s first national graduate school for the arts and humanities launched
Lucy Miller

A graduate school focused on arts and humanities has opened its doors in Scotland today.

 

media_358199_enThe Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSHA) will offer postgraduate education to 1,500 PHD students across various locations throughout Scotland.

 

They include 16 Higher Education Institutions, as well as a wide range of supporters and partners in the creative, cultural, arts and heritage sectors.

Members of SGSAH includes the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow, St Andrews and Glasgow School of Art.

 

It is the first graduate school of its kind anywhere in the world.  

 

SGSHA is a £16.8 million initiative that is set to train the next generation of professionals and research leaders working in the arts and humanities.

 

The school’s first students started today (Wednesday 1st October), and to coincide with the launch a competition has been launched to fund 50+ PHD studentships.

 

The studentships will be funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, which is committed to providing up to 200 studentships over the next four years.

 

Professor Dee Heddon, the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, which is hosting the new development, said: “We are delighted to welcome our first cohort of students to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities. We bring together distinctively diverse provision, internationally renowned expertise and unique and extensive resources to support the very best doctoral training for our students.

 

“Through this they will develop and use their skills, knowledge and experience across a wide range of specialisms to benefit culture, society and the economy in Scotland and beyond.”

 

Laurence Howells, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “The establishment of a Graduate School for Arts & Humanities in Scotland is a welcome and highly significant development, not least because it is supported by over 30 organisations from across the country.”

 

He adds: "I’m delighted to see the first students being welcomed to the Graduate School and I wish them every possible success.”

 

For more information on SGSAH visit http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/