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New appointment to Arts and Humanities Research Council

Date: 18/09/2012

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has appointed Professor Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, to the AHRC’s governing body, the Council. Council members are appointed by the Minister for Universities and Science and are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the AHRC including its key objectives and targets, and key decisions about the research direction of the AHRC. Professor Silverman will be an additional member of the AHRC Council. His appointment is in line with the practice common among Research Councils to have a Chief Scientific Adviser on their governing bodies.

As Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, Professor Silverman is responsible for the provision of independent scientific advice to the Home Secretary on the whole range of topics relevant to Home Office business. A highly cited researcher whose published work is centred on computational statistics, Professor Silverman's work has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics, and has led him to collaborate with researchers in many areas of medicine, social science, and the life and physical sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

Chairman of the AHRC Professor Sir Alan Wilson welcomed the appointment of Professor Silverman to the Council: It is with great pleasure that we welcome Bernard Silverman's appointment. He brings hugely impressive achievements as a researcher, considerable leadership experience as well as a deep knowledge of the public policy environment to the AHRC. We are fortunate to attract someone with such a combination of qualities and we look forward to his close involvement in our work.

For further information, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@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.
  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.
  • The appointee is a Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office.


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