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Arts and humanities researchers gain new insight into working with policy-makers

Date: 05/03/2019

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Institute for Government will provide new insights into the world of policy making for twenty early career academics at a three-day course beginning today (Tuesday, 5 March 2019).  

The Engaging with Government 2019 course, which aims to build links between policy makers and researchers, will challenge attending academics to consider the role of research in policy and encourage them to look for opportunities in which their own research could make a contribution.

Speakers will include a number of academics with a history of working well with policy as well as experts from AHRC, the Institute for Government and other organisations including Will Moy, director of independent fact checking agency Full Fact.

The programme, now in its seventh year, has helped more than 100 researchers develop the skills necessary to successfully engage with government. This year’s participants were chosen from across the UK and from a range of disciplines, from History and Law to Typography and Criminology.

Anne Sofield, Associate Director of Programmes, said: “The best policy can only come from well informed policy makers and it’s here that the relationship between research and government is vitally important.

“The Engaging with Government course maintains and safeguards this relationship by encouraging researchers to think about how their arts and humanities research could make a genuine contribution to the world of policy-making.

Jill Rutter, Institute for Government Programme Director, said:  “Our course alumni have shown the potential for the arts and humanities to influence public policy at all levels - in Whitehall and Westminster, the devolved governments, locally and internationally.

“Policy makers are realising that they need to reach beyond their familiar toolkit of economics and social science, and Institute for Government is delighted to be able to help these researchers discover how they can best engage with government.”

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Joe Lewis, AHRC Press and Social Media Officer
Tel: 01793 416021 Mob: 07925891633
Email: joseph.lewis@ahrc.ukri.org

About AHRC

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million 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 and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

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