The Consortium universities have established working relationships – through previous collaborative doctoral studentships, joint research projects, formal co-operative agreements and networks – with more than 70 partner institutions in the UK and abroad. A mentor from an appropriate partner institution will be appointed to contribute to the supervision of each student. Partners will also provide placement opportunities for students, the length and nature of placements varying from six weeks to six months according to the research and career development issues being addressed by each doctoral candidate. These links improve opportunities for professional knowledge transfer and preparing postgraduates for professional careers in the heritage sector.

A smaller group of ten strategic partners will play a more substantial role through participation on the Management Committee where they will help shape the Consortium’s strategy, providing a broad range of insight and expertise:

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