CHASE Partners

CHASE is delighted to be working with a wide-ranging network of prestigious organisations, both across the UK and internationally.


The BBC, founded in 1922, was the world's first national broadcaster. Today it plays a fundamental role in the cultural life of the country, and is involved in a vast array of national and international activities. As well as producing and commissioning high-quality, original TV and radio programmes and online material the BBC is also a leading organisation in the development of digital platforms (for example, research-led educational resources), in researching the history and evolution of broadcasting media, and in creating innovative ways of using its extensive and invaluable archives. The BBC is a creative and constantly evolving organisation, one that is uniquely placed to foster new ways of engaging audiences with new ideas.

BBC Website

Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing is one of the UK's leading independent book publishers. Founded in 1986, it has a broad portfolio that includes both a high profile fiction arm as well as divisions specialising in academic and professional publications. Its flourishing academic unit, for instance, produces over 1,000 publications every year in the humanities and social sciences (including the prestigious Arden Shakespeare and Methuen Drama imprints). Bloomsbury has been ambitious and forward-thinking in expanding its remit, through a growing internationalisation and particularly through its development of digital spaces and technologies (for instance, e-books, apps, and on-line libraries), securing its reputation for both quality and innovation.

Bloomsbury Publishing website.

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity that works with schools and universities across the UK.

Our Mission The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. We do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.

What We Do In pursuit of our mission, The Brilliant Club runs two core programmes; The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.

The Scholars Programme The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.

For more information or to find out how to get involved with The Scholars Programme, please click here.

Researchers in Schools Researchers in Schools recruits PhD graduates, places them as trainee teachers in schools and supports them to develop as excellent teachers and research leaders committed to closing the gap in attainment and university access.

Detailed information about the Researchers in Schools programme is available here.

The Brilliant Club website

The British Library

The British Library represents one of the largest collections of written content in the world, with a historical range that runs from some of the very earliest texts in existence to the present day and with material from a vast array of cultures and countries. The BL is constantly working to bring this rich cultural heritage to wider audiences, whether through a commitment to making material available on-line through extensive digitisation projects or innovative research-led public engagement activities (both physical and on-line). It is at the forefront of developing new ways to both engage public audiences and support the work of researchers.

The British Library Website

The Eccles Centre for American Studies: the Eccles Centre is dedicated to promoting and supporting research in American Studies. Its home in the British Library enables access to the foremost collection of American textual and audio material outside the United States. With a dynamic schedule of activities each year, as well as exceptional national and international links, Eccles is the UK's leading hub for those working in this field.

Eccles Centre website

British Film Institute

The BFI, founded in 1933, is a multi-faceted organisation governed by a Royal Charter, and plays a vital role in the landscape of film in the UK. It is the lead agency for film in the UK and distributes lottery funds for film. Its activities speak to the diversity of film and television, connecting cultural, creative and industry aspects. As an organisation, the BFI brings together the BFI National Archive, the Reuben Library and film distribution/publishing channels, whilst facilitating exhibitions and educational activities at its Southbank location and online. The BFI works to achieve three key goals:- the promotion of education and learning about film and television,- supporting the development of British film;- preserving and making widely accessible Britain's film and television heritage.

BFI website

Canterbury Cathedral

As well as being one of the most significant religious places in the world, Canterbury Cathedral is also part of a World Heritage Site and a centre for historical and cultural research. Its Archives and Library contain collections of national and international importance. The Cathedral works to showcase these widely, engaging public audiences through both physical and on-line means whilst also actively supporting researchers in exploring this material. Its renowned facilities for conservation in glass and stoneware provide unique opportunities for engaging with material culture in a historical context. Recently, the Cathedral has been successful in securing Heritage Lottery Funding for the major new Canterbury Journey project, which will enable exciting new programmes including exhibitions, workshops, schools' outreach, site development, and the creation of a new Welcome Centre.

Canterbury Cathedral website


Glyndebourne Opera House was founded in 1934, and is today one of the preeminent venues for opera in the country. Presenting six productions each year, as well as a further three as part of its touring season, Glyndebourne is committed to promoting opera broadly through commissioning new works, supporting emerging talents, and engaging wider audiences. Glyndebourne is also active in developing new ways for integrating digital technologies into performance, and is at the leading-edge of exploring the implementation of these. Its archives provide an enormously valuable resource, and Glyndebourne's work in historical research not only informs its productions but is also closely linked with its acclaimed Education department. Educational and outreach activities are diverse and accord with Glyndebourne's central mission to inspire a love of opera.

Glyndebourne website

Intel Labs

Intel Labs is the research and development arm of Intel. It explores the development of new technologies from a variety of perspectives: whether this involves designing new computing technologies themselves, examining the implications and possibilities created by them, or thinking of ways that they could be used by people, cultures and societies in the future. Intel Labs emphasises creativity and exploration in understanding computing technologies and a wide range of related areas, some of which are only just starting to emerge. In recent years Intel Labs has had a growing engagement with social sciences research, ethnography and humanities-based approaches to the digital world.

Intel Labs website

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

The ICA values academic research both as a means to improve access to the institute’s rich history and an opportunity to collaborate on the development of new perspectives on the contemporary moment.

We welcome collaborations that support young researchers in their work and provide opportunities to experiment with different modes of public dissemination.

From 2015 onwards, the ICA has entered into a partnership with the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) to offer training and development placements for arts and humanities PhD researchers.

The first project in this collaboration involves the appointment of PhD student Eleanor Careless as Project Coordinator for the ICA Cinema Retrospective, Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational. Eleanor contributes to a panel discussion on Buñuel and the Spectre of Terrorism alongside the development and delivery of the season in the ICA Public Programme.

Beyond this professional development placement, CHASE is also the academic partner for the entire retrospective season.

ICA Website

Learning on Screen

Lerning on Screen (formely The British Universities Film & Video Council) was formed in 1948 and aims to make moving image and sound as important in education as the written word. The organisation promotes the production, study and use of moving image and sound for teaching, learning and research across all subject disciplines and provides access to broadcast television and radio programmes under licence. BUFVC is at the forefront of sector research and leads on the pedagogical framing of audio-visual materials and provides high quality, reliable material, which is enriched by supported metadata. BUFVC is a centre of specialist knowledge and expertise and provides advice, support and training. Services include BoB, TRILT, the Moving Image Gateway, the Shakespeare Database and a number of UK and European research projects.

Learning on Screen website

The National Archives

'The National Archives will support doctoral students in a number of ways. Research open days will showcase the potential of our collections, which stretch from the eleventh century to the late twentieth and include written documents, maps, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, textiles and fabrics. We will also provide a full training programme, from archive research skills and methodology to intensive document workshops. Whilst much of the in-depth training will take place onsite to encompass interpretative skills and document handling, we will also build new online platforms for research guidance. The National Archives will provide a range of opportunities for doctoral students to undertake work placements in a modern archive environment. We will build upon their existing research interests, especially where they overlap with our collections and research priorities. Most projects and activities will enable students to develop key skills such as audience engagement, creative media output, exhibition planning and collection enhancement.

The National Archives website

National Portrait Gallery

Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery holds the largest collection of portraiture in the world and is one of the leading institutions for research that engages with this genre. Through its wide-ranging programmes, which include not only displays, exhibitions, and original research, but also educational and outreach activities as well as publishing and digital engagement, the NPG works to increase appreciation and understanding of portraiture across all media. Whilst high-profile national and international programmes are central, the NPG also works through a number of regional partners and is increasingly utilising on-line platforms. Research is key to the life of the NPG, and is integrated throughout its activities. This includes conducting major research projects that are interdisciplinary in scope, as well as support for wider research (for instance, through its renowned Heinz Archive (del s) and Library) in its subject areas.

National Portrait Gallery Website

Shakespeare's Globe

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouses for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Education and Globe Exhibition & Tour seek to develop and enhance the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance. Shakespeare’s Globe has collaborated with the University of Sussex over a number of years on university courses, research opportunities and student placements

Shakespeare's Globe website

Tate Research

Tate has four separate galleries in the UK: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Research is central to Tate's multifaceted work, and brings together multiple fields, including art history, collection care, learning, museum studies and public policy. Through supporting high-quality individual scholarship and innovative collaborations, such as those fostered by Tate's interdisciplinary Research Centres, research at Tate has developed a reputation for being of both the highest quality and consistently outward-looking. This is evidenced by the wide array of creative research projects (such as the In Focus programme, which encourages engagement with a single object from multiple perspectives) and networks (such as Collecting the Performative, exploring emerging practices for conserving performance-based art). Tate Research also works to find new ways of connecting with both specialist and non-specialist audiences, whether through collaborations with Tate Learning, devising new modes of public engagement and education, or through its pioneering development of freely accessible online publications, such as its biannual peer-reviewed journal Tate Papers. These activities and expertise are supported by Tate's dedicated Research Department, founded in 2007, which informs and leads initiatives across diverse departments, while creating productive connections with external partners.

Tate Research Website

Victoria & Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, in the aftermath of the Great Exhibition and the zeal for new creations that this generated, the V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design. It has curatorial departments for Asia; Furniture, Textiles and Fashion; Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass; Word and Image; Theatre & Performance; and the Museum of Childhood. The Museum is home to a thriving research culture and it works with experts in Exhibitions, Learning and Interpretation, and Conservation and Collections Management to improve access to and understanding of its collections.

V&A website