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AHRC Appoints New Advisory Board Members

Date: 21/08/2014

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announces the appointment of four new members to the AHRC Advisory Board.

Meeting four times a year the role of the AHRC Advisory Board is to advise Council on the development of strategies that reflect AHRC's Charter and the challenges facing arts and humanities research. The latest appointments to join the Advisory Board are Professor Sita Popat, Professor Matthew Hilton, Professor Stephen Shute and Ms Rebecca Bailey. They will take up their posts on 1 September 2014.

 

Academic Appointments

Professor Sita Popat, Chair in Performance and Technology, University of Leeds: Performance and Cultural Industries.

Professor Matthew Hilton, Professor, University of Birmingham: Social History

Professor Stephen Shute, Professor, University of Sussex: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Business / User Appointments

Ms Rebecca Bailey, Head of Education and Outreach, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

 

Speaking of the appointments Professor Greg Walker, AHRC Council Member and Chair of the Advisory Board, said: The role of the Advisory Board is crucial to the effective functioning of the AHRC and its ability to reflect the broad diversity of the UK research community, the AHRC, and its users. I am delighted to welcome Sita, Matthew, Stephen, and Rebecca to the Board, and look forward to working with them, and sharing the fresh insights that they will bring to our discussions.

The AHRC Advisory Board also develops and recommends priorities, programmes and other initiatives that will deliver the AHRC's strategies and monitor and report on their progress. The Board assesses and advises Council on the health of the UK's arts and humanities research base and act as a quality assurance body to oversee the procedures regulating the Peer Review College. All final decisions about strategy and future direction are taken by Council.

For further information contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793 416025 or a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Advisory Board: The role of the Advisory Board is to advise Council on the development of strategies that reflect AHRC's Charter and the challenges facing arts and humanities research. The Board aims to develop and recommend priorities, programmes and schemes that will deliver the AHRC's strategies, and monitor and report on their progress. The Board advises Council on the health of the arts and humanities research base and acts as a quality assurance body to oversee the procedures regulating peer review. The Board provides reports and recommendations to Council and all final decisions about strategy and future direction are taken by Council. Find out more: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/about/Governance-structure/Advisory-Board/Pages/Advisory-Board.aspx
  • Each year the AHRC provides approximately £98 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes hundreds of research awards ranging from individual fellowships to major collaborative projects as well as over 1,000 studentship awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.
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