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Search starts for 2019 generation of great thinkers and broadcasters

Date: 18/08/2018

2018 New Generation Thinker Ben Anderson

The Arts & Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 are on the lookout for a new generation of arts and humanities broadcasters.

The New Generation Thinkers 2019 scheme launches today (Wednesday 18 July) with a call for entries.  Once again, ten academics will be given the chance to front engaging and innovative programmes on BBC Radio 3 and beyond, as well as working with the AHRC on public engagement opportunities.

Now in its ninth year, the scheme aims to cultivate talented, articulate academics into exceptional all-round communicators. It provides a variety of training opportunities and the chance to work with world-class broadcasters from across the BBC.

The 2019 New Generation Thinkers scheme is open now to early career researchers from all research backgrounds, provided their research is linked to one or more arts and humanities disciplines.

The ten chosen academics will be picked from a shortlist of 60 applicants who will all be given the chance to attend one of three workshops to develop their media skills and receive guidance from experienced BBC producers.

The final ten – selected by a panel of BBC programme makers – will then be given media training by the AHRC and the unique opportunity to develop a 15-minute programme based on their research for BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, as well many other opportunities to appear on air.

2018 New Generation Thinker Ben Anderson

Professor Roey Sweet, AHRC Director of Partnerships and Engagement, said: “The New Generation Thinkers scheme represents an extraordinary opportunity for early career researchers to communicate their research to audiences beyond the academic community. It allows them to gain experience working with the media that could have a transformative impact on their careers.

“Since the scheme began in 2010, The New Generation Thinkers have embodied some of the most exciting and innovative research taking place in the arts and humanities.  They are vital ambassadors for the research community, articulating how arts and humanities can enrich society as a whole.”

Matthew Dodd, Head of Speech Programming at Radio 3, said: “At BBC Radio 3, we’re proud to support and nurture extraordinarily talented academics and enable them to broadcast their ideas to a wider audience.

“The station delivers a range of thought-provoking programmes throughout the year and the New Generation Thinkers have been an integral part of this since we launched the scheme together with the AHRC in 2010. I’m constantly inspired by the range of new ideas and look forward to working with a new cohort.”

BBC Radio 3 programmes Free Thinking, the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature, to provide a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. You can listen to current New Generation Thinkers delivering Free Thinking Essays online now at bbc.co.uk/radio3

For more information on the call – which is open until 4pm on, Thursday 4 October 2018 - and details of eligibility and how to apply please visit the New Generation Thinkers 2019 call page here.

Notes for editors

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. The AHRC funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. It invests in research at universities across the UK as well as in the country’s world-leading museums, galleries and libraries.  Follow the AHRC on Twitter at @ahrcpress or Facebook at facebook.com/artsandhumanitiesresearchcouncil/

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