Introduction, overview and Strategic Direction Presentation – Professor Mark Llewellyn

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Introduction, overview and Strategic Direction Presentation – Professor Mark Llewellyn

  1. 1. AHRC ARMA Event 20 January 2012Introduction, Overview and AHRC’s Future Strategic Direction Professor Mark Llewellyn Director of Research AHRC
  2. 2. Context: Funding Environment• CSR 2010• AHRC Delivery Plan 2011-15• Priorities outline: – Distinctiveness – Strategic focus – Contributing to economic growth and broader societal challenges• Wide subject remit of AHRC• Capacity and capabilities across core and developing areas
  3. 3. Context: AHRC Organisation• Move from three Directorates to two – Programmes – Resources• Programmes Directorate – Director of Research – Three Associate Directors – Teams • A, B, C, D – disciplinary/award type based • Knowledge Exchange • International • Peer Review, Careers and Training • Public Policy • ‘Business Process’ Team – working with SSC
  4. 4. AHRC Current Activities• Cross-Council Programmes – Connected Communities (AHRC lead Council) – LWEC – Global Uncertainties: e.g. Leadership fellows, partnership with ESRC• Emerging Themes – Care for the Future – Science in Culture – Digital Transformations – Translating Cultures• Commissioned Research
  5. 5. Overview of AHRC’s ThemesIncreasingly central role in inter-disciplinary Connected Digital Economycross-Council research on societal challenges Communities Lead new Programme on ‘Connected Communities’ and establish Centre for Living with Global Lifelong Health Copyright and New Business Models Environmental Uncertainties & well-being Change Provide leadership in developing path- Care for the Digital Future: Translating Transformations Science inbreaking research in four strategic emerging Thinking forward Cultures in arts & Culturechallenges for arts and humanities research through the Past HumanitiesBuild on our world leading strengths through investing in transformative collaborative Languages Creative & History, Cultures & research from across the full range of A&H & Performing thought Heritage disciplines (over 50 in total) addressing our Literature Arts & Belief four core themes Introduce a new mode of ‘commissioned’ research funding to respond nimbly/flexibly to strategic priorities, emerging areas, and cross-disciplinary, partnership or translational opportunitiesEnhance our international leadership role and re-orientate collaborations to address our new strategic, thematic and translational priorities
  6. 6. Postgraduate Funding BGP1 and BGP: Capacity Building• BGP1 awards made in 2009 covering 5 PG cohorts• BGP: CB awards made in 2011 covering 3 PG cohorts BGP1 BGP:CB Total number of 48 35 BGP type Number of 1 10 consortia Total number of 49 49 ROs involved
  7. 7. BGP2• Focus on doctoral funding• Diversified training and skills development• Coherence of vision and strategy for A+H researchers within different contexts• Increased flexibility of funding profile• Enhancement of ‘partnership’ role within, between and across ROs/cultural & creative partners/the AHRC as funder
  8. 8. Postgraduate Funding: CDAs and Training• Collaborative Doctoral Awards• Project Studentships• PGR within KE Hubs• International Placements Scheme – Library of Congress, Washington – Huntington Library, California – National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan – Sarai, India• Skills Development Call
  9. 9. KE Hubs for the Creative Economy• Focusing budget• KE as diversified across themes and programmes• Significant strategic investment = £1m p.a. x 4 hubs for 4 years – Creative Exchange (Lancaster lead) – Design in Action (Dundee lead) – Creativeworks London (Queen Mary lead) – REACT (UWE lead)• A+H researchers actively engaged in research-based KE
  10. 10. Demand (and Expectation) Management• Working with other Research Councils – Common principles – Cross-Council Working Group• Working with Research Organisations – Processes – Using experience – Sharing good practice• Specific issues – Longer and larger expectation – Schemes/activities within different programmes
  11. 11. ‘Longer and Larger’/ Other contexts• Theme approaches• ‘sandpits’• Highlight notices/calls• Scoping Studies & Research Reviews• Fellowships• Networks• Leadership comes in many forms
  12. 12. International• Strong partnerships and engagements – US – India – Europe e.g. HERA Cultural Encounters call• Work with RCUK International Team• Supporting researcher involvement/advocacy role – Digging into Data challenge• Recognition of significance of AHRC as a funder in a global arts and humanities context – National Consultation Panel for Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe
  13. 13. Peer Review• Peer Review College c.1300 members – Areas within PRC, including Strategic Reviewers – Panel membership drawn from PRC• 2011 Recruitment Call – over 300 applications for membership• Robust• Efficient• Quality driven• Adaptable• Openness to project type and context – e.g. cross- Council themes
  14. 14. Public Policy• RCUK Concordat with DCLG – AHRC lead Council• Policy seminars/other activities – FCO Prevention of Torture – Cabinet Office and British Security Services• Researcher involvement – Policy Fellowships• A+H engagement with non-academic organisations• Increasing opportunities and communication
  15. 15. ROS: Research Outcomes System• Live from November 2011• Different approaches in Research Organisations to population• In first 6 weeks, 547 outputs recorded against 57 grants – e.g. – Journal articles = 196 – Book chapters = 56 – Books = 37

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