Three students from Heythrop College in London have been awarded prestigious studentships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Heythrop is the specialist philosophy and theology college of the University of London and it was established in 1614 in Louvain by the Society of Jesus.
Joanne Lovesey will begin her PhD on religious language at Heythrop College in September after securing an AHRC studentship which means she will have her fees paid throughout her three-year studies as well as a maintenance grant. The 27-year-old joins Heythrop from the University of Oxford where she completed her postgraduate degree and is planning a career in lecturing.
“Without the AHRC funding I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do a PhD – it’s as simple as that,” Miss Lovesey said. “I can’t wait to get started at Heythrop. With the new Centre for Philosophy of Religion, Heythrop is the best and probably the only place for me to study. I love teaching – I actually did this to help fund my degree at Oxford – and I am really excited about being an academic.”
Fellow student Charlotte Naylor-Davis, 32, is about to begin the second year of her PhD thesis in an area of biblical studies – studying a 21st-century translation of first-century language – and will have her course fees paid for the next two years and a maintenance grant. Miss Naylor-Davis decided at 18 to go into community work but returned to education to study a theology degree at Heythrop before completing a master’s degree at the college.
Miss Naylor-Davis said: “Everybody at the college is involved in your chosen discipline in some way and you feel like you can ask anyone for help.”
Meanwhile, student Sarah Pawlett, 23, was successful in her bid for the Research Preparation Master’s Scheme, part of the AHRC Studentship Competition. She studied a BA in philosophy at Heythrop and will now receive 12 months of funding and a maintenance grant to support her study.
The Studentship Competition gives postgraduate students the opportunity to submit individual proposals for an award to fund master’s level or doctoral research studies in the arts and humanities – and Heythrop’s trio of successful applications are the only ones awarded through the Studentship Competition in the fields of philosophy and religious studies.