Our Partners

The ambition of the SGSAH is to develop doctoral researchers who not only recognise the value of arts and humanities research to Scotland and beyond, but who possess the skills and aspiration to apply that research in addressing issues of social and cultural priority. To this end, we currently work with more than 60 organisations to plan and deliver unique training and skills development opportunities, including training, mentoring schemes, internship projects, and leadership programmes.

Our core partners are BBC Scotland the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium, National Trust for Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and the Victoria & Albert Museum. For more information on partnerships, contact enquiries@sgsah.ac.uk


BBC Scotland

The BBC Scotland building


We work closely with BBC Scotland to offer valuable skills development and knowledge exchange opportunities for doctoral researchers. This relationship is of significant mutual benefit in developing increased understanding of the application of research within broadcast programme production, and employment within BBC, the independent production sector, and the creative economy as a whole.

National Trust for Scotland

Culzean Castle


Through our valued relationship with NTS, we offer doctoral researchers highly productive opportunities to work with real collections and historic interiors across the country, thus allowing our programme to be truly national. Researchers contribute knowledge and expertise to very specific areas of NTS collections, which otherwise would not be fully researched.

Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium

Interior of the National Museum of Scotland


Our work in the Heritage sector is strengthened by our collaboration with representatives of the four national heritage organisations in the SCHC partnership. This offers opportunities for meaningful knowledge exchange between these organisations and highly skilled doctoral researchers trained with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by the sector.

The Scottish Parliament

Exterior of the Scottish Parliament


Our work with the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s Futures Forum encourages doctoral researchers to explore how their research addresses social challenges and develops the confidence to help set new agendas. This fosters engaged individuals able to confront 21st century issues, while contributing to their professionalization and helping them to realise the impact of their research.

Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A Museum in London


Our relationship with the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance supports the development of the next generation of collections-based researchers, helping to prepare them for careers in academia and beyond. This is complemented by the position of our member universities of Dundee and Abertay as founding partners of the new V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

Engagement with Industry

Cityscape of Edinburgh


Along with our core partners, we work with a growing number of supporters in the greater arts, cultural, creative, public, heritage and third sectors through collaborative studentships, doctoral internships and artist residencies, and training development and delivery.

Photo Credit: BBC Scotland - Alex Natais, National Museum of Scotland - Gordon Ednie, Scottish Parliament and Culzean Castle - Mary and Angus Hogg, Edinburgh - Raphael Chekroun under a creative commons license