In Due Course: The Government Decides

James Herbert

in Creating the AHRC

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264294
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734335 | DOI:
In Due Course: The Government Decides

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This chapter discusses how the government agreed to the commitment of establishing an Arts and Humanities Research Council. Following the achievement, aspiration, and resistance in the early years of the AHRB, Margaret Hodge, who was the Minister of Lifelong Learning and Higher Education in the UK Department of Education and Skills, formulated a Review of Arts and Humanities Research Funding. This review was carried out on behalf of the Ministers responsible for the higher education in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The review aimed to recommend how to enhance support for arts and humanities, including how to encourage government support on such relevant issues. Of the 117 responses from the formal consultations, 114 – 97 per cent – agreed to the need for an organisation dedicated to arts and humanities. The review was subjected to the deliberations and considerations of the Steering Group. The report made by the group was eventually given to the Education Ministers. The Report of the Steering Group lauded the AHRB which despite its provisional start and status made contributions to society and the sciences. Whilst the government made slow progress on the approval of the creation of the AHRB, in January 22, 2003 the government approved the establishment of an Arts and Humanities Research Council which according to the government should be a fully functioning and statutory research council by 2005.

Keywords: Arts and Humanities Research Council; Margaret Hodge; Humanities Research Funding; arts; humanities; Steering Group; Education Ministers

Chapter.  3534 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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