Arts and Humanities experts meet to discuss research strategy

12 Jun 2008 00:00:00.000


Business leaders, research funders and academics from across the East Midlands gathered at The University of Nottingham on 12 June 2008 to celebrate the latest research developments in the field of Arts and Humanities.

In the first event of its kind to be held in the East Midlands, The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Regional Event was hosted by The University of Nottingham at the East Midlands Conference Centre on University Park.

Around 200 invited guests attended the conference to discuss latest funding news, strategic programme information and key developments with the region's universities. The event was also an opportunity to discuss research strategy with AHRC award holders and individual schools and departments from the region's universities.

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Attending the conference were representatives from De Montfort University, Leicester, University of Derby, University of Leicester, Lincoln University, Loughborough University, The University of Northampton, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

They met directors and managers from Art on the Map, Arts and Business, Arts Council, the Association of Independent Museums, Broadway Media Centre, Djanogly Art Gallery, East Midlands Development Agency, East Midlands Museum Service, EM Media, HEFCE, Lakeside Arts Centre, Libraries and Information East Midlands, MLA East Midlands, NCCL Galleries of Justice, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Contemporary, Renaissance East Midlands, University Council for Modern Languages and the Viking Society for Northern Research.

Professor Di Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Schools in the Faculty of Arts said: "The University of Nottingham was very pleased to support the AHRC in this, their first regional event in the East Midlands to share experiences and new developments across the region's Arts and Humanities' community."

Among the speakers were Chief Executive of the AHRC, Professor Philip Esler, Gary Grubb the AHRC's Associate Director of Programmes (Research) and Emma Wakelin, Associate Director of Programmes (Postgraduate).

Professor Philip Esler, AHRC Chief Executive, said: "The visit was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the innovative and world class research being undertaken by AHRC award holders in the East Midlands as well as a chance to brief them on our future plans for supporting the arts and humanities."

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Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. 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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