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AHRC Annual Report 2015-2016 published today

Date: 19/07/2016

 
The AHRC’s Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16 have been published today. Laid before Parliament on 14 July, the publication outlines the AHRC’s achievements over the last year.

Reflecting on the last twelve months Professor Andrew Thompson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, AHRC writes “Our anniversary year was a good time to think about the AHRC’s future direction of travel. The arts and humanities are about changing how we see the world – its past, present and future. They’re about nurturing artistic and creative talent. They help us to understand the fabric of our society, to learn from our complex and contested pasts, and to question who we are and how we want to live. In essence they encourage us to think critically about our possible futures.”

This annual report also covers the AHRC’s tenth anniversary, when a special highlight notice was launched within the AHRC’s Follow-on Fund for Impact and Engagement. In total, 39 Follow-on Fund awards were made in 2015-16, which included:

  • ‘Madagascar in the World: the impact of music on global concerns’ at the University of Southampton, which will see the co-production of a full-length documentary film ‘Songs for Madagascar’ involving researchers, an independent film company and Malagasy musicians
  • ‘The Nazi Concentration camps: an online resource’ at Birkbeck College with the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, which will provide the first major online resource about the Nazi concentration camps
  • ‘Creating a virtual pilgrimage trail in the Isle of Man: faithscape, landscape and heritage’ at the University of the West of England, which involves a project in collaboration with Manx National Heritage and other Manx organisations to identify pilgrimage routes and create online, print and audio guides with links to maps and historic interpretation material to support faith-heritage tourism.

Other key achievements from the last year include the Cultural Value Project and the research in film awards. The Cultural Value Project looked into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have. The most comprehensive research of its kind ever undertaken, the project will be of great value to policymakers and Arts organisations, as well as to the AHRC, in helping us understand the many kinds of benefits that the arts and culture bring. Launched as part of the AHRC’s tenth anniversary the Research In Film Awards celebrated the best in film-making about the arts and humanities research.

For the first time you will be able to view our annual report data via a new visualisation tool. This visualisation highlights the wide range of research organisations from which excellent arts and humanities research proposals were drawn and where new postgraduate studentships were funded in 2015-2016. We will continue to share more dynamic visualisations of data in the future.

Click here to access the AHRC Annual Report and Appendices for 2015-2016. (PDF, 2MB)

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