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AHRC Workshop, 12 July 2013, University of Birmingham

AHRC Workshop, 12 July 2013, University of Birmingham


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  • 1. Challenges and opportunities for engaging with public policy AHRC Workshop 12 July 2013 University of Birmingham
  • 2. Morning session Case study 1: From the Academy to Policy-Making: Building Effective Partnerships, Professor Margaret Brazier and Dr Danielle Griffiths, University of Manchester and Hugh Whittall, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Coffee Case study 2: Walking a Tightrope: Relevance, Responsiveness, Rigour and Responsibility in Policy-Related Research on Religion or Belief, Professor Paul Weller, University of Derby and Dr David Perfect, Equality and Human Rights Commission Case study 3: From Public Engagement to Policy Impact: The Landscapes of Secrecy Project, Professor Richard Aldrich and Dr Chris Moran, University of Warwick and Gareth Owen, Industry and Parliament Trust, House of Commons
  • 3. Afternoon session Opportunities and challenges of public policy engagement for arts and humanities research Breakout groups Coffee Topics for policy engagement Thematic breakout groups: Opportunity for academics to brainstorm possible future research questions around specific policy areas AHRC guidance on public policy engagement Dr Ian Lyne, Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC Concluding remarks by Professor Mark Llewellyn, AHRC
  • 4. Deliver Plan Priorities, 2011-15 • Advancing UK’s world-leading reputation for research • Building capacity and capability • Enabling researchers • Strategic targeting of partnerships and greater brokerage activities, to: – influence public policy – engage with the creative economy – have an impact internationally – have greater profile with public http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/About/Policy/Documents/DeliveryPlan2011.pdf
  • 5. Strategy 2013-18 • The Human World: The Arts and Humanities in Our Times “Questions of human rights, trust, complex ethical issues, belief systems in a pluralistic democracy and other core aspects of civil society have benefited from the creative, critical and cultural awareness of arts and humanities researchers and practitioners.” (p24) 5