Partners and Collaboration

Collaboration with a range of external Partners is vital to Techne's vision of doctoral research in which students experience the processes of thinking, making and applying their research. Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are PhD projects that are co-designed by a non-HEI organisation and HEI supervisory staff.  Partner input is integral to the scholarship, emphasising mutually supportive knowledge exchange and professional development between doctoral students and highly experienced staff within our Partner organisations. Up to 20% of Techne students will pursue a Collaborative Doctoral Award.

Partners in conversation. Photograph by Will Chamberlin.

Students wishing to work with a partner should make an initial approach through their supervisor and Techne rather than contacting the partner directly.

Techne welcomes new Partners. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Partner.

Techne has 15 Partners:




Crafts Council



Culture Mile (comprising the Barbican Centre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, Museum of London) 


Heathrow Airport Holdings

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Historic Royal Palaces (comprising: Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Hillsborough Castle)



Institute of Contemporary Arts



London Metropolitan Archives


The National Archives


National Maritime Museum / Royal Museums, Greenwich


National Theatre and Archive


The National Trust


Natural History Museum



Royal Botanic Gardens Kew



Science Museum


Studio Wayne McGregor





Watts Gallery


Wellcome Collection