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Creating the AHRCAn Arts and Humanities Research Council for the United Kingdom in the Twenty-first Century$
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James Herbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264294

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264294.001.0001

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AHRB: The Early Years

AHRB: The Early Years

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(p.17) III AHRB: The Early Years
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Creating the AHRC
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James Herbert

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264294.003.0003

The call for a separate Research Council for humanities was initially met with unfavourable comment. Although the government eventually announced support for the creation of such a research council, it was only after lengthy deliberations that the Dearing Report recommendations were finally granted, hence creating the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This chapter discusses the early years of the AHRC. During these years, the funding of the ARHC was under the prerogative of the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE). The Funding Council was then initiating new models of funding institutions of higher education and the AHRC was generally given less funding. This neglect of the funding of AHRC discouraged humanities scholars to entail directed research. In 1998, the British Academy through Tony Wrigley asked for additional funds from the HEFCE. Upon the commencement of its official existence, the AHRC with its first chief executive Paul Langford prepared the new Board, planned the creation of the research awards department, and planned the integration of the postgraduate awards section in the British Academy within the overall structure of the new organisation. This new organisation was driven by the goal to improve the breadth and depth of the knowledge and understanding of human culture in the past and in the present and thereby enhance the quality of life and the creative output of the nation.

Keywords:   AHRC, HEFCE, funding, Tony Wrigley, Paul Langford, British Academy, human culture

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