We are a member of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC), working closely with
the University of East Anglia and the
University of Kent on research collaborations and training.
The Eastern ARC is initially focusing on three broad interdisciplinary areas.
Digital humanities, led by the University of Kent
The University of Kent will lead in developing collaboration within digital humanities. The three universities
of the Eastern ARC have significant expertise in big data and digital heritage, particularly visualisation,
geographical information systems and online curation. Led by Kent's Associate Dean of Research and Innovation (Humanities),
Professor Paul Allain with
Professor Robert Liddiard from
the University of East Anglia and Professor Edward Higgs from the
University of Essex, this collaboration will place Digital Humanities at the very heart of the Eastern ARC.
Quantitative social science, led by the University of Essex
All three members of the Eastern ARC have significant excellence in this area.
- At Essex we have a long and successful tradition in quantitative social science and are home to the UK Data Archive.
- Kent is one of the few institutions that have recently been awarded the Q-step initiative in enhancing quantitative
teaching in social sciences.
- UEA's social science research covers a wide range of disciplines.
This project is co-led by Dr Federica Genovese
and Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch.
Synthetic biology, led by the University of East Anglia
This fast-moving field combines advances in biological understanding with engineering principles to design
and construct new biological devices or systems for a range of uses - from new materials and biofuels to
medical treatments. Advances within the field are happening at increasing speed and with lower costs than ever before.
This area is led by UEA's Head of Biological Sciences,
Professor Tamas Dalmay, with Professor Christine Raines from Essex and
Professor Mark Smales from Kent.
Fellowships and PhD studentships
A key element of the Eastern ARC agreement is the joint funding of six Eastern ARC Fellows and eighteen
PhD studentships over a five-year period.
Eastern ARC background
The Consortium builds on successful partnership bids for doctoral training awards in the natural and
environmental sciences and the arts and humanities, and on a range of other bilateral research relationships.
We take a five/fifty year view - a commitment to increasing cooperation over the next five years with the
aim of enhancing our success over the next fifty.
The three partner institutions are all part of the group of British universities established in the 1960s
that have thrived and grown extraordinarily in a relatively short time period, with each celebrating their
50th anniversary between 2013 and 2015. Together, we teach and train more than 50,000 students, supported
by around 2,000 academic staff. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, we submitted 1,250 academic
researchers to 41 of the disciplinary sub-panels.