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Bristol partners with leading Australian university to offer first dual doctoral award

Leaders and senior academics from both Universities look forward to this new chapter in their successful partnership.

University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Hugh Brady, shakes hands with Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bruce S. Dowton, after signing the agreement.

Press release issued: 19 September 2017

In a first for the University of Bristol, Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady today signed an agreement with Australia’s Macquarie University to offer a programme of Dual Doctoral Awards, providing cross-global training opportunities for post-graduate researchers.

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce S Dowton, and a delegation of university leaders and senior academics, visited Bristol for the signing of the landmark agreement and high-level talks about potential academic collaborations.

Like Bristol, Macquarie University is a research-intensive university. The Sydney-based institution is the fourth largest university in Australia and is consistently ranked in Australia’s top ten universities.

The Bristol-Macquarie Cotutelle programme will fully fund up to 25 postgraduates over five years, who will spend two years at each institution, resulting in a PhD from both partners.

The two universities have an established history of successful collaboration: they have co-authored more than 40 research publications since 2014 and currently partner on a thriving undergraduate student exchange programme.

University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hugh Brady, said:

“It is a great honour to welcome Professor Dowton and colleagues to the University of Bristol today. The signing of this agreement heralds a new chapter in our successful partnership with Macquarie University and opens up a wealth of new, global opportunities for both universities.

“Bristol, like Macquarie, is a global institution and we are united in seeing internationalisation as key to addressing the challenges facing society today. The agreement is a first for Bristol – and a symbol of our commitment to developing similar partnerships with leading institutions, scholars and collaborators across the world.”

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce S Dowton said the PhD partnership symbolised the global connectedness of universities, and education:

“Our partnership with the University of Bristol will enable a new generation of researchers to make an even greater impact on the world, connected not only by collaborative research projects, and student exchange, but by shared values and a vision of education better connecting communities and transforming lives.”

Dr. Terry McMaster, Director of the Bristol Doctoral College, which conceived and co-managed the project with Macquarie, said:

"The Cotutelle projects will simultaneously grow our PhD population and build research capacity, and do this in a sustainable, international and cost-efficient way. Already Macquarie and Bristol academics are co-evolving projects for joint recruitment this year.” 

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