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The Impact of UK Research - 2011 Reports


report: The Impact of ahrc research 2010/11
organisation: arts and humanities research council
date: january 2012
url: www.ahrc.ac.uk/News/Latest/Pages/TheImpactofAHRCResearch201011.aspx


In a speech at Policy Exchange, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts last week launched the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Annual Impact report. The RCUK report brings together examples of research activities funded by the UK Research Councils in 2011, and complements reports published by each council.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council report 'The Impact of AHRC Research 2010/11' highlights its contribution to world-class research over the past year. The report in turn cites the CFPR and Denby Potteries collaboration as an example of excellence in Impact through Knowledge Exchange. (See extract below, taken from p.6-7 of the AHRC Report).

AHRC report extract

 

In his speech last week, David Willetts argued that our universities, our science facilities and researchers - are the best single hope for making our way in the high-tech world of the future, creating jobs and opportunities and boosting high tech economic growth:

"Our research community is the most productive in the world. In the words of the recent Elsevier report, “The UK is the clear leader among all eight comparator countries (Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US) on citations per unit spend on Gross Expenditure on Research & Development.” With 3% of the world’s researchers, we generate 6% of the world’s academic articles, 11% of citations, and 14% of the most cited papers, second only to the US. Quite simply we have more articles per researcher, more citations per researcher and more usage per article than researchers in US, China, Japan and Germany. We can be proud of this achievement.

This broad research base emphatically includes the arts, humanities and social sciences. They are all part of the science and research ring fence. Increasingly for example research in the physical sciences is linked to human behaviour – not just designing a low carbon vehicle but understanding what makes people choose to drive it – or not. In allocating research funding I have therefore followed the advice of the learned societies and others that we should not shift the balance of funding between the main disciplines. Eric Schmidt of Google caught the mood in his MacTaggart lecture when he said that this arts v sciences debate really ought to be dead and buried and instead we should recognise how complementary they are. I like the idea that instead of just thinking about STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, we should add the Arts so it becomes STEAM."

(Our High-Tech Future, David Willetts, January 4 2012).

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The AHRC Impact Report 2011
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The RCUK Impact Report 2011
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