AHRC Executive Chair appointment extended

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the tenure of the AHRC Executive Chair, Professor Christopher Smith, is to be extended.

Professor Christopher Smith

Professor Christopher Smith

Professor Smith will continue in his role with UKRI to steer Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next two years.

The reappointment was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP.

Opportunities ahead

Welcoming the reappointment, UKRI’s Chief Executive, Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser said:

I am delighted that Christopher will be continuing his leadership roles at AHRC and across UKRI at this crucial time for the research and innovation community.

I look forward to working with him as we make the most of the opportunities ahead.

Vibrant arts and humanities community

Professor Smith will extend his tenure as Executive Chair of AHRC until August 2026.

Professor Smith said:

I am proud to continue with the work that I, and colleagues across AHRC, have been doing to sustain a vibrant arts and humanities community which is motivated to address the challenge of complexity and engender open constructive debate, in our own subjects, across science and across communities.

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