Professor Rylance to leave AHRC after six years as CEO

Date: 20/05/2015

The AHRC today announced that Professor Rick Rylance will be stepping down from his role as CEO of the AHRC with effect from 1 December 2015 after over six years in the role. He will taking up a position as Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES) in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

Professor Rylance said: “It’s with a mixture of sadness and excitement about the future that I’ve decided to step down as AHRC CEO at the end of this year. I’ve loved my work here, and working with the team in the AHRC and beyond has been a joy. It’s been a wonderful six years and being part of the Research Councils’ commitment to UK research has always felt good.  We’ve had great achievements and there’s more to come. There’s a wonderful and healthy future ahead for the AHRC.

“I had anticipated pondering ‘what next?’ in the New Year. But the opportunity at the IES has brought my plans forward. It’s a role I can’t resist and want to enjoy. I will continue to make the case for the humanities and English in particular and celebrate what should be celebrated daily in this country: that is the strength and achievements of our researchers and the importance of our cultural life. I look forward to working with AHRC into the future – albeit in a rather different guise.”

Chair of the AHRC Professor Sir Drummond Bone said: “It is a great loss to the AHRC and to the whole of RCUK that Rick has decided to move on. His personal leadership propelling his vision of a wider and collaborative role for the research community both nationally and internationally has changed the way in which Arts and Humanities are viewed by the wider world. We wish him well, and shall sadly wave goodbye when the time comes – though in his new role he will be very much part of the research community himself.”

For further information contact Philip Pothen: 01793 41 6022 or p.pothen@ahrc.ac.uk.

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