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Advice on making the most of your PhD

Dr Paul Yates completed his PhD in 2002. He studied Musicology and the topic of his research was “The Song Cycle in Nineteenth-Century France”.

Dr Richard Berger – the benefits of being a PRC member

Being a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Peer Review College (PRC) is a “fascinating and rewarding” experience, says Dr Richard Berger, as the organisation invites the nomination of new members.

How research helps produce prime time TV drama

The ITV production of Sanditon has grabbed viewers – and headlines – with its occasionally racy interpretation of Jane Austen's unfinished novel. But the popularity of Andrew Davies' production also illustrates the value of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project to digitise the author's manuscripts.

Connecting Health and the Environment through Literature

Funded through AHRC’s open call, Early Career Leadership Fellow Dr Samantha Walton from Bath Spa University, hopes to explore the role which creative writing – be it non-fiction, prose or poetry – plays in human-nature relations.

Edward Harcourt interview - AHRC's Delivery Plan

Our new Delivery Plan will break new ground by establishing priorities that are flexible and thematic rather than disciplinary, and underline the organisation's role as a national voice for the arts and humanities.

Erica Harrison – Using a PhD in 'challenging environments'

In 2015, Dr Erica Harrison completed her Collaborative Doctoral Award at the University of Bristol, partnering with Czech Radio to study the Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile during the Second World War and their relationship with broadcasting.

Doctoral Research: The African contemporary art scene

Stacey Kennedy’s AHRC-funded doctoral research explores the depth and vibrancy of the African contemporary art scene. It looks specifically at the women who work in this field, as curators, art fair directors, gallery owners or managers, art practitioners, art historians and scholars. 

Training the generation of researchers

Equipping the next generation of academics with skills that go beyond the academy is critical, whether they go on to become university researchers, or take their post-doctoral-level thinking to other organisations, according to Anne Sofield at AHRC duing Doctoral Week.

Future Leaders Interview: Dr Katie McQuaid

The arts have a vital role to play in helping marginalised communities cope with the impacts of climate change, according to Dr Katie McQuaid, an anthropologist and research fellow at the University of Leeds.

For one night only: Jazz 625 on the BBC

Dr Nicolas Pillai talks about the BBC's one-night-only revival of its landmark 1960s programme, Jazz 625, and why it comes at a great time for the genre.

Niall Geraghty – The benefits of doing a PhD

Niall Geraghty completed his AHRC doctoral award in 2015, from the University of Cambridge, here he talks about the benefit of doing a PhD and why AHRC funding was key to being able to complete his PhD

The Future of the Book

As we celebrate 300 years since the publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe - arguably the first English novel, Emma Nuttall, talks to us about what could be next for the novel - and literature - in the years ahead. 

Getting into the Creative Industries

To mark the first ever Creative Industries Day, we asked four professionals from across the sector to tell us about their experiences getting in to the sector

"It's exactly the right thing to be doing"

The Creative Industries Clusters Programme is the right way to boost the sector, according to Lord Finsbury, the man who led the 1998 Government taskforce that first identified the economic value of the creative industries.

A 'new age' for women's football

As summer approaches and we begin to look forward to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Dr. Stacey Pope, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University, reflects on the public and media profile of women in football.

Preserving the past, shaping the future

How will we remember the present in the future? What should we preserve? And what should we let go?  In this feature, AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow, Professor Rodney Harrison talks us through the AHRC-funded research programme, Heritage Futures and their latest collaboration with Manchester Museum. 

Malcolm McNeill - Chinese Painting Specialist at Christie's

Malcolm explains AHRC made it possible for him to consider doctoral research. He added: “I wouldn’t have been able to take on the doctorate without their support. It was financially not viable for me to do that, so that made all the difference”.

Entries for our Spring Diary

Today (20 March 2019) we’re asked people across the UK to submit up to 150 words about the official arrival of spring. All entrants up until noon Friday, 22 March 2019, will go forward to be chosen for the eBook which will be available this summer. Submission for entries at www.ahrc.ukri.org/spring-diary has now closed.

Reading the world's longest-running children's magazine

Argentina’s Billiken is the world’s longest-running children’s magazine. Named after the Billiken doll that was designed in the early 20th century and became enormously popular in the United States, the magazine has been published by Editorial Atlántida, in Buenos Aires, since November 1919.

Researching the world of songwriting

Adopting a holistic approach to the community in order to obtain a better understanding of the scope of contexts and ways in which songwriting is useful, creating opportunities for new conversations, projects and publications,

Understanding Money

A new free online course aims to help us all better analyse how we understand money.

Forgotten Female Composers: One Year On

After the broadcast concerts featuring lost works by female composers we caught up with three of the academics involved in the project to hear what happened next.

Interview with PhD award winner Anne-Marie Eze

She says that ‘the AHRC studentship added the chance to work at the British Library.  In my field it is the pinnacle.  It represented a way into the British Library, and to be able to work with a knowledgeable, generous team of colleagues where I learnt such a lot.

Going to Japan with the International Placement Scheme

In 2017, Medieval History PhD student Lance Pursey, from the University of Birmingham, went to the National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), part of the National Institutes for the Humanities, with the International Placement Scheme (IPS).