Eastern ARC

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Research areas

The Eastern ARC is initially focusing on three broad interdisciplinary areas.

Quantitative social sciences, 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 led by Dr Federica Genovese.

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 Dr. Michael Tymkiw from the University of Essex, this collaboration will place Digital Humanities at the very heart of the Eastern ARC.

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.

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