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AHRC are on the lookout for a champion of the Creative Economy

Date: 01/07/2016

At a time of rapid growth for the UK creative industry, the Arts and Humanities Research Council1 is recruiting its first ever Creative Economy Champion, to help support this dynamic sector worth £84.1 billion to the UK economy2, shape its new creative economy strategy and foster new and exciting partnerships between the research community and businesses across the country.

The Creative Economy Champion, which will be a 3-year role, will help the AHRC to showcase the importance of the UK’s creative sector and the way in which research can support this rapidly growing part of the economy.

As a successful leader within industry or academia, the AHRC Creative Economy Champion will cultivate and build connections across the research community and the business community.

Over the last four years the AHRC funded Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy3 have set up exciting new networks between arts and humanities researchers, the creative industry and micro-businesses, focusing on partnership and innovation. More than 40 new products and services have been launched, including the innovative game Fabulous Beasts.

Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the AHRC, comments: “The Creative economy is a dynamic and vital part of the UK’s economy. We are looking at a coming decade with growing demand for research that brings together creativity, insight and knowledge to a sector which is as rich and varied as it is successful and innovative. The Creative Economy Champion will play a pivotal role in helping us to consolidate our existing and prior investments in this area, and inform our future creative economy strategy and partnerships.”

There will also be time for the Creative Economy Champion to develop and grow a personal research agenda. This research would then contribute to the AHRC creative economy programme, helping to build on the focus around cross disciplinary working, collaboration with other Research Council and partnership working across academia, business and the voluntary sector.

Applications for this exciting and innovative role need to be submitted by 16 September4. The successful candidate will then start in early 2017.


For further information please contact Tristan Russell t.russell@ahrc.ac.uk or 01793 416023

Notes to Editors

[1] The UK creative industries are worth an estimated £84.1 billion for the UK economy: gov.uk: Creative Industries worth almost 10 million an hour to economy

[2] The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class research in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and many more. Each year the AHRC spends approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training often in collaboration with partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds provide considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK.

[3] The 4 Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative economy are, The Creative Exchange, Design in Action, Creative Works London and Research and Enterprise in the Arts and Creative Technologies (REACT). More information can be found at: KE Hubs for the Creative Economy

[4] The Creative Economy Champion will play an important role in helping the AHRC continue to showcase the importance of the UK’s creative economy. Already a successful research leader, the AHRC Creative Economy Champion will cultivate connections across the research community and the business community. The Champion will be working closely with AHRC, RCUK and other funding bodies to support and develop partnerships as we move into the next phase of support for Knowledge Exchange and the Creative Economy. More information about the Creative Economy Champion role and how to apply can be found at: AHRC Opportunities: Creative Economy Champion

  • The AHRC has worked closely with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to set up the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (CREATe). This new centre brings together researchers form seven UK universities to address the challenges faced by government, business and content creators in an ever increasing digitised world.
  • AHRC has worked with Nesta, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council Wales to set up a £7m Digital Research and Development Fund for the arts in England, Scotland and Wales. This has generated more than ninety exciting new collaborative projects between arts and humanities researchers, technology providers and arts organisations.

Image courtesy of University of Leeds/KMA Creative Technology.

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