AHRC ARMA Event 20 January 2012Introduction, Overview and AHRC’s     Future Strategic Direction      Professor Mark Llewel...
Context: Funding Environment• CSR 2010• AHRC Delivery Plan 2011-15• Priorities outline:  – Distinctiveness  – Strategic fo...
Context: AHRC Organisation• Move from three Directorates to two  – Programmes  – Resources• Programmes Directorate  – Dire...
AHRC Current Activities• Cross-Council Programmes  – Connected Communities (AHRC lead Council)  – LWEC  – Global Uncertain...
Overview of AHRC’s ThemesIncreasingly central role in inter-disciplinary                                Connected         ...
Postgraduate Funding BGP1 and BGP: Capacity Building• BGP1 awards made in 2009 covering 5 PG cohorts• BGP: CB awards made ...
BGP2• Focus on doctoral funding• Diversified training and skills development• Coherence of vision and strategy for A+H res...
Postgraduate Funding: CDAs and               Training•   Collaborative Doctoral Awards•   Project Studentships•   PGR with...
KE Hubs for the Creative Economy• Focusing budget• KE as diversified across themes and programmes• Significant strategic i...
Demand (and Expectation)           Management• Working with other Research Councils   – Common principles   – Cross-Counci...
‘Longer and Larger’/               Other contexts•   Theme approaches•   ‘sandpits’•   Highlight notices/calls•   Scoping ...
International• Strong partnerships and engagements   – US   – India   – Europe e.g. HERA Cultural Encounters call• Work wi...
Peer Review• Peer Review College c.1300 members    – Areas within PRC, including Strategic Reviewers    – Panel membership...
Public Policy• RCUK Concordat with DCLG   – AHRC lead Council• Policy seminars/other activities   – FCO Prevention of Tort...
ROS: Research Outcomes System• Live from November 2011• Different approaches in Research Organisations to  population• In ...
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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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