The University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of Essex and the University of Kent have joined forces to form a significant new force in research collaboration and training.

The Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) builds on recent 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. A key element of the agreement is the joint funding of nine Eastern ARC Fellows and 18 Eastern ARC PhD studentships for a five-year period.