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About the Midlands4Cities Partnership (M4C)

Who we are

M4C is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded partnership of eight leading Midlands universities.

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What we do

Our vision is for M4C to be a major catalyst for arts and humanities postgraduate research in the Midlands and beyond, delivering benefits to students, academic institutions, cultural and creative sectors, government and the public.

Ranked first in the AHRC’s doctoral training partnership (DTP2) competition, M4C will award 460 doctoral studentships between 2019 and 2023, including 40 Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

From M3C to M4C

M4C builds on the track record of excellence in collaborative postgraduate research, training, joint supervision and non-university partner engagement established by its predecessor Midlands3Cities (M3C).

Awarded £14.6 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2013, Midlands3Cities brought together six leading universities across the Midlands — University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham — and set a highly-regarded benchmark for postgraduate training and support. Between 2013 and 2018, M3C awarded 410 doctoral studentships across the full span of arts and humanities subjects, in addition to 20 doctoral studentships and postdoctoral fellowships for projects on the creative economy awarded via the National Productivity Investment Fund.

M3C established a dynamic model of engagement with the cultural, creative and heritage sector, which Midlands4Cities continues. Working in collaboration with partners at regional, national and international levels and through its Partner Advisory Group (chaired by Dr Nick Barratt of Sticks Research Agency and currently by Dr Paul Edmondson, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), M3C embedded placements, collaborative projects and skills development as part of an approach to postgraduate training that M3C’s Student Advisory Forum defined as ‘quality thesis plus’.

Our Directors

Professor Paul Grainge

  • Professor of Film and Television Studies
  • 2016-present

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Professor Sharon Monteith

  • Professor of American Literature and Cultural History
  • 2013-16

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