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New Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council appointed

Date: 14/02/2014

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts today announced the appointment of Sir Drummond Bone as the new Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

I am delighted to welcome Sir Drummond Bone as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His high level experience across a range of sectors make him well qualified to provide a strong contribution to the leadership and work of the AHRC. I wish him well in his new role.

Sir Drummond Bone said:

I look forward to becoming part of the AHRC and to have the chance to support the work of so many of my colleagues in Arts and Humanities both in Universities and partner institutions.

Professor Rick Rylance said:

I am delighted to welcome Sir Drummond Bone as our new Chair of AHRC. Drummond has been a major presence in higher education in the UK and internationally for many years, and is a fine advocate for the arts and humanities. I am confident that he will provide excellent leadership and support for the AHRC to succeed in the challenges ahead.

Sir Drummond's appointment began on 11 Feb 2014. He succeeds Sir Alan Wilson who stepped down at the end of December 2013. The appointment is for four years.

For further information: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  • This appointment has been made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  Sir Drummond Bone has not been involved in any relevant political activities in the last five years. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the Nolan recommendations there is a requirement for appointees' political activity to be made public. He will receive an honorarium of £16,340 pa.
  • Sir Drummond Bone is currently Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Chair of the UK Libraries Research Reserve project and Chair of the iGraduate Group.  He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 2002 until 2008 and President of Universities UK from 2005 to 2007.  His past non-executive positions include Chair of Liverpool Capital of Culture Company 2005-07, Chair of the Liverpool-Shanghai Partnership 2006-08 and Chair of the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) 2004-08.  The former AHRC Chair, Sir Alan Wilson, stepped down at the end of December.
  • 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 (2013-14) 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 but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.


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