Since 2012/13 the university has made an investment of £3.6m in two new schemes with the aim of ensuring that individual research programmes of excellence are supported at the same time as broader clusters of research activity are developed. Scheme A is designed to offer individual doctoral studentships that supported the REF 2014 and Scheme B to offer strategic support for the development of research clusters through a combination of doctoral studentships and research capital. In total, 60 fully funded research studentships have been offered between 2012 and 2014.
Between 2012 and 2014, 44 studentships have been offered under ‘scheme A’. This scheme has been designed to recruit high-calibre PhD students in areas that complement and contribute to the University’s research strategy, and ultimately the REF2014.
Examples of studentships awarded under this scheme include:
- Drawing as a pedagogical tool in Medicine and the Allied Health Professions
- Safe water for rural Africa: Science meets policy
- Understanding queer lives: transforming LGBT identities, communities, health and well-being
In the academic year 2012/13 the university invited proposals for research capital and studentships under a new initiative ‘Scheme B’ in order to support research clusters that either have, or evidence the capacity to develop, self-sustaining research excellence that is of international standing and has the resilience to attract inward investment. Four new clusters were supported with both capital and doctoral studentships:
- Brighton Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- Nanostructured Smart Materials
- Musculoskeletal Research
- Understanding Conflict
Capital funding was also allocated to two other university initiatives: (i) trace metal elemental analysis, and (ii) advances in the digital humanities and cultural heritage
In 2013/2014 a further round of Scheme B resulted in awards to the following new research clusters:
- Internationalising design history
- Transforming sexuality and gender
- Secure and dependable software systems