Eastern ARC

Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC)
Formation 2013
University of Essex
University of East Anglia
University of Kent
Map of Southern England showing the Eastern ARC universities

The Eastern Academic Research Consortium, or "Eastern ARC", is a collaboration of the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex, and the University of Kent. Together, they make 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. The three partner institutions are all part of the "plate glass 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. With a combined turnover of over £540 million, together they teach and train more than 50,000 students, supported by around 2,000 academic staff.[1][2][3]

The Eastern ARC takes a five/50-year view - a commitment to growing cooperation over the next five years with the aim of enhancing our success over the next 50. By acting collaboratively, the consortium will respond creatively and effectively to key drivers that are changing the landscape of research and research training in UK higher education. The initial focus will be on three broad interdisciplinary areas, with each university acting as academic lead in one of the areas:

Digital Humanities

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.

Synthetic Biology

University of East Anglia is leading on nurturing collaboration within the rapidly evolving field of Synthetic Biology. In this relatively new branch of science, researchers combine advances in DNA sequencing with the principles of modern engineering to design and construct new living organisms 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.

Quantitative Social Science

The University of Essex will lead on the collaboration within Quantitative Social Science. This is an area where all three universities have significant areas of excellence. Essex has a long and successful tradition in quantitative social science and is home to the UK Data Archive, the University of Kent is one of the few institutions that have recently been awarded the Q-step initiative in enhancing quantitative teaching in social sciences and University of East Anglia's social science research covers a wide range of disciplines.


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