We take a strategic approach to our relationship with the Higher Education Sector by engaging in a number of collaborative research partnerships with Universities, primarily based on postgraduate research.

We hold a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Through this we are able to offer 21 Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentships between 2013 and 2019 (three per year). These PhD studentships are covering a multitude. Some looking at areas of under-represented or poorly understood heritage, such as Sikh places of worship in England, the heritage of the deaf, and early 20th-century office buildings; and some seeking to reinterpret aspects of the National Heritage Collection, such as Osborne House and Audley End. Others are promoting measures to address immediate threats to the historic resource, including the decay of metal artefacts in ploughsoil, the effects of weather on outdoor sculpture or the challenges and potential of Archaeological Archives. Others still are looking at technological and methodological developments, including taking a case study approach to develop an innovative digital information model (HBIM) to record, display and help conserve the historic built environment.

We are also a heritage partner with a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) across the country, funded by both AHRC and NERC; and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), funded by EPSRC.

See our website for more information on our postgraduate research partnerships.