Gormley statue, UEA

The Eastern Arc is a strategic collaboration between the universities of Kent, Essex and East Anglia. By working together, students and staff at all three universities benefit. The Consortium has five aims.

  1. To produce excellent research that has economic, social and cultural impact;
  2. To increase the capacity of the UK’s research base;
  3. To ensure that our universities meet national and regional economic priorities;
  4. To be efficient with our resources, and capitalise on economies of scale;
  5. To diversify and maximise our funding.

Research Themes

The Consortium currently focuses on developing collaborations in three areas:

About Us

The Consortium is led by our three vice chancellors and our three pro-vice chancellors. They provide the strategic direction for it. Supporting them within Kent are two further groups : the Stakeholder Group and the Operational Group.

Internal Funding

We have two funds to facilitate collaborations between the three universities.

  • Quantitative Social Sciences Fund: This offers funding for staff to undertake research activities that promote and enhance research collaboration in QSS across Eastern Arc.  The deadline for submissions to the Fund for this year has now passed and two applications have been successful.  Please find more information about these on the Quantitative Social Sciences page.
  • Postgraduate Events and Mobility Fund: This enables students to travel and attend events. The deadline for applications to the Events Fund 2018 has now passed.  Details of our winning bids can be found here.  The Mobility Fund remains open to applications. For further information on this Fund, please see the webpage here.

In addition, Eastern Arc and the Graduate School are currently advertising an opportunity for one PhD student working on a project with applied quantitative methods to attend an Essex Summer School training session.  See the Graduate School website for more information.  Closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th February.


We hold regular collaborative events within the Consortium.

  • The Eastern ARC Conference 2018 took place on Friday 16th November at the University of Essex.  The focus was on ‘Looking to the Future’ and presentations included a review of events this past year as well as consideration of new Eastern ARC-related projects (such as EIRA) and opportunities and issues with Eastern ARC going forwards. The final agenda from the day is available here.
  • The Digital Humanities group are pleased to announce the launch of an exhibition co-curated by the Kent Eastern ARC DH Research Fellow, Dr Benjamin Vis.  The exhibition entitled, ‘Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils’, takes place at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich from 30 November 2018 to 17 February 2019.
  • Workshop invitation: Department of Work and Pensions Areas of Research Interest External Engagement Workshop 12th February 2019, University of Essex. Members of academic staff and postgraduate students at Kent working on issues in Areas of Research Interest (ARI) to the Department of Work and Pensions are invited to attend this Workshop on 12th February 2019 to actively participate in discussion and/or to present a poster.  See here for more information.

If you would like to take part, or want any more information about upcoming events, contact Phil Ward, the Director of Eastern Arc.