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The Impact of AHRC Research, 2010/11

Date: 04/01/2012

A newly published Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) report, The Impact of AHRC Research 2010/11, highlights its contribution to world-class research and postgraduate training in the UK over the past year.

In 2010/11, the majority of AHRC research funding was for responsive-mode, collaborative projects. The AHRC also gave significant support in training and skills development.

This report shows how the AHRC encouraged participation in the Creative Economy, embracing the multiple sectors of the Creative Industries and cultural institutions as well as, through its funding and wider engagement, bolstered innovation and addressed pressing social and policy issues.

The report contains data on selected aspects of AHRC performance relevant to the Government?s objectives for the UK research base. This includes a common group of metrics ? set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ? which has been used by all Research Councils.

In addition to the AHRC report the six other UK research councils are also publishing their annual impact reports today.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: These reports demonstrate that the UK is a world leader in science and research. From the development of groundbreaking new treatments to studies that shape public policy and improve lives, the significant economic and societal impact of the UK research base is extremely impressive.

RCUK define impact to include the many ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individuals and organisations. As well as stimulating economic growth, excellent research with impact can increase the effectiveness of public services and policy and enhance the quality of life, health and creative output of society.

A copy of the AHRC Impact Report 2011 is available here: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/About/Publications/Documents/AHRCImpactReport2011.pdf


AHRC Media contact: Jake Gilmore, Communications Manager, 01793 416021; j.gilmore@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC): Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,100 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. 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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