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AHRC Executive Chair to step down from role


AHRC Executive Chair to step down from role

Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), has announced that he will step down from the role at the end of December 2019 to take up the prestigious post of Chair in Global History at the University of Oxford.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, thanked Professor Thompson for the “splendid contribution” he has made to both AHRC and UKRI as a whole.

He added: “Andrew has provided strong leadership for AHRC, and the wider community, since 2015.  During his term he has secured significant research programmes, including the £80m Creative Industries Clusters programme, and played an integral role in the transition to UKRI.  

“Andrew has also served as UKRI's International lead, strengthening our global relationships and leading the successful delivery of the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Fund for International Collaboration. 

“In addition to his academic leadership, Andrew is a distinguished historian of modern empire and I am delighted that he will become Chair in Global History at the University of Oxford with a Professorial Fellowship at Nuffield College.”

Professor Thompson said: “My time at the Arts and Humanities Research Council has been the most fulfilling of my professional career.

“Arts and humanities researchers represent almost one third of the UK research community, and the AHRC plays a vital role in supporting the next generation of researchers, championing the role of core disciplines from which interdisciplinary research is built, and illustrating the impact of the curiosity-driven research we are proud to fund.

“I am deeply committed to ensuring that we continue to provide a strong voice for the importance of arts and humanities research within UKRI and will work to ensure a smooth transition to a new Executive Chair for the AHRC.”

The process of appointing a successor has begun and Andrew remains in post until the end of December 2019, which will support a managed transition. 

Find out more on the AHRC website.

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