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AHRC Impact Report Published

Date: 24/01/2013

Collaborative research and connections with the Creative Economy are the key features of the AHRC's Impact Report - The Impact of AHRC Research 2011/12. Published today, along with those of the other Research Councils, the report highlights our contribution to world-class research and postgraduate training in the UK in the year March 2011 – April 2012.

The report shows how the AHRC encouraged collaboration in the UK and overseas, with more than three-quarters of AHRC awards - 76 percent - being collaborative in 2011/12. The examples below are just two of the case studies in the full report.

Placements bring benefits to students and partner institutions

Gemma Mitchell's placement at the Library of Congress enabled her to use unique equipment not available in the UK. Her PhD uses ‘the science of smell’ to analyse and ultimately reduce the degradation of heritage items containing natural and synthetic plastics and rubbers. This has internationally wide-reaching impact possibilities for culturally important heritage items. Gemma comments: The scholarship has gone a long way in driving my research forward and I have no doubt that I will be reaping the reward for years to come.

AHRC funding enables game development from research project to commercialisation

‘Dear Esther’ is the first game to start life as an academic research project and end up as a successful commercial product. AHRC funding enabled the company established from the research project to fully commercialise their product. They are now in talks with Sony to sell the IP. The original version received 100,000 downloads and won the ‘Best World/Story’ category at the IndieCade festival in 2009. The remastered version, supported with an additional $55,000 from the Indie Fund, was released in 2012 to wide critical acclaim. Within six hours of its release over 16,000 units had been sold, allowing the developers to pay back the Fund's investment. As of May 2012, over 100,000 units had been sold. One critic commented that: ‘Esther's particular appeal is that it combines a thoughtful pace and an open-ended tale with the kind of production values usually only seen in morally bankrupt odysseys of violence.13’

It is the second annual Research Performance and Economic Impact Report published by the AHRC and focuses on outcomes and impacts.

Download the AHRC Impact Report (PDF, 2.5MB).

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