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AHRC structure – changes announced

Date: 21/03/2014

The AHRC's Programmes Directorate, headed by the Director of Research, Professor Mark Llewellyn, has decided to embed the work of its currently separate International and Knowledge Exchange teams within the subject team structure with effect from 1st April 2014. This is in line with statements made in the AHRC Strategy 2013-18 about the ways in which researchers and organisations should consider the full potential of international and KE activities within research programmes, and reflects emerging priorities for an organisation approaching its tenth anniversary in 2015.

Alongside the embedding of the KE and International teams the AHRC is amalgamating two of the current subject teams (History and Thought; Culture and Heritage) into a single team (Histories, Cultures and Heritage) and increasing the scope of its Business Process team to include an analysis function. The latter change will enhance the AHRC's capacity to manage, analyse and interpret evidence about the impact and cultural, societal and economic value of research and training across the arts and humanities from a wide variety of internal and external sources as well as opportunity-scan for future initiatives.

Overall, the changes result in a Programmes Directorate which moves from 8 teams to 5 teams. The revised team titles are:

  • Histories, Cultures and Heritage
  • Languages, Literature and International Engagement
  • Creative Arts and Digital Humanities
  • Research Careers, Training and Peer Review
  • Business Processes and Analysis

The changes result in no redundancies. New roles, accommodated by currently unfilled staff vacancies, will be advertised in the coming days and weeks.

These changes come into effect on the 1st April and will not impact on the AHRC's day-to-day operations. Current themes, schemes and initiatives will not be affected by these changes.

For more information, please contact Alex Pryce (AHRC), 01793 41 6025, a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes for editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (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. www.ahrc.ac.uk
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