TECHNE2 builds on a track record of supporting outstanding students pursuing the 'craft' of research through innovative, interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on creativity and practice. TECHNE2 is led by Royal Holloway, University of London and brings together nine HEIs in London and the South East in a DTP with a strong collegiate ethos.
The strengths of the original DTP (which includes members of LDoc and Design Star CDTs and sustains that AHRC investment) will be enhanced by the addition of Westminster and Loughborough University London with their specialisms in design and media, and through Brunel's reputation in creative writing and industrial design. We consider the creative economies to be key to the development of arts and humanities research and that our DTP's profile will continue to attract many talented students in this area, augmenting the 11 NPIF studentships awarded to TECHNE in 2017.
The vision and the training offered by TECHNE2 emphasises the interleaving of critical thinking, making, and reflexive action (episteme, poesis, and phronesis) in the craft of research. The DTP is bound by a collective commitment to valuing interdisciplinary research, particularly that which pushes the boundaries of arts and humanities research into science and social science. An emphasis on the interchange between the material, embodied practices of existing fields in the arts and humanities and digital creativity will be set alongside leadership in shaping the futures of practice-based PhDs.