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Dr Emma Wakelin to join Royal College of Art

Date: 27/05/2015

The Royal College of Art announced today that Dr Emma Wakelin has been appointed Director of Research and Innovation.

Currently Associate Director of Programmes at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Dr Wakelin leads the AHRC's support for arts and humanities researchers' engagement with the UK creative sector.

Having established design research as a priority area for the AHRC, Dr Wakelin has developed activities and funding calls to build up an AHRC community of design researchers, and leads on a set of initiatives intended to attract the best UK Design researchers to engage more with AHRC initiatives.

Alongside this, she leads a number of key partnerships with business and public sector/policy organisations to extend the range of opportunities for engagement beyond HE for arts and humanities researchers. These range from Microsoft Research and the BBC to Innovate UK and the Design Council. Dr Wakelin has also initiated a number of overseas partnerships, including a reciprocal partnership with National Institute for Design, India.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research at the AHRC, said:

Emma has made a huge contribution to the AHRC. From the days of our predecessor organisation the AHRB, Emma has taken the lead in a range of areas including postgraduate funding, support for strategic subjects (particularly modern languages), through to our new models of KE, creative economy funding, business engagement and initiatives in Design. In her ten years as Associate Director in particular, Emma has seen through changes and enhancements to the AHRC's relationship not only with researchers but also with key stakeholders. We wish her every success in her new role at the Royal College of Art.

Dr Emma Wakelin said: I am thrilled to be taking up this exciting new role at the RCA. I've greatly enjoyed my time at the AHRC and the engagement I've had with art and design research and innovation funding policy. The RCA directorship will allow me to put that experience to good use in an institution with a world-leading reputation, and I'm looking forward to working alongside colleagues engaged in high-quality research, innovation and practice.

Dr Paul Thompson, rector of the Royal College of Art said: I am delighted that that we have been able to secure the services of Dr Emma Wakelin as Director of Research and Innovation. With the recent results of REF2014, the RCA has demonstrated its world-leading position in art and design research and impact, providing the most research intensive community to be found in art and design anywhere. I'm confident that Emma will lead us into an exciting new era and position the College to best exploit the innovative work produced by our academic researchers.

Dr Wakelin will take up her position in June 2015.

For more information, images or to arrange an interview with Dr Wakelin, please contact: Áine Duffy, Head of Communications & Marketing, Royal College of Art: 020 7590 4127 or on aine.duffy@rca.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The Royal College of Art has been ranked number 1 in the QS World University rankings for Art & Design, beating MIT, RSID, Yale, Glasgow School of Art amongst others to the top spot. The College's excellence in teaching and research has been consistently recognised as being of the highest standing. The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status devoted to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities. The College has some 1550 students registered for MA, MPhil and PhD degrees and there are 416 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 800 visiting lecturers.
  • 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 fundsprovide considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk
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