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AHRC Strategy 2013-2018

Date: 14/03/2013

The Human World - the new AHRC strategy has been published

Over the next five years, the AHRC will strengthen knowledge and understanding of the human world by focussing on excellence of achievement, extending opportunity and building capacity through partnerships. Published today, ‘The Human World: The Arts and Humanities in our Time’ (2013-2018) (PDF, 3.6MB), the AHRC’s new Strategy, sets out the AHRC’s distinctive role in the UK’s system of support for research and how it intends to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing research environment.

Over the next five years the new strategy commits the AHRC to: supporting collaborative and inter-disciplinary research, whilst maintaining its strong commitment to responsive mode and ambitious researcher-led projects; enhancing postgraduate provision; extending and increasing the opportunities for researchers to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners; maintaining the UK’s international leadership in arts and humanities research; and further explaining and evidencing the value and importance of research in the arts and humanities.

The Strategy was developed through extensive discussions with the AHRC’s Council and Advisory Board as well comments received from the research community gathered from the publication of a draft strategy, institutional visits, subject associations and learned society meetings, the Peer Review College and focus groups and town meetings.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, comments: “The arts and humanities profoundly affect the ways we see and experience our human world. The new AHRC strategy reflects the value and importance of the arts and humanities research to our lives and the world beyond. It sets out ways in which we can build on this extraordinary legacy and expand the way in which the people, skills and research we support interacts with public life to bring cultural, intellectual and economic benefits to the UK and to us all.”

Professor Sir Alan Wilson, Chair of the AHRC comments, “The AHRC’s Strategy for 2013-2018 marks a continuation of our priorities while expanding the range of what we offer. The responses we received from the community during the course of 2012 on the ambitions and aspirations for the future of arts and humanities research were key to the development of this document. I hope that with the development of the AHRC Commons that the communities we work with will continue to share their thoughts over the next five years.”

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

  1. An accompanying film about the strategy is available. AHRC strategy 2013-18 video page.
  2. The AHRC funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. 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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