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Early career researchers supported by new AHRC pilot scheme

City University London among select group of universities chosen to take part in new AHRC scheme
by Ben Sawtell

City University London is among 45 universities taking part in a new Arts and Humanities Research Council pilot scheme to support recently completed PhD students.

The AHRC's Cultural Engagement Fund will provide early career researchers with opportunities to undertake three-month projects that consider the wider impact of arts and humanities research. 

City has received £40,000 funding towards supporting three projects. 

Revealing musical heritage: Pop-up sound archives in Camden and Islington

Professor Stephen Cottrell will oversee a project which will deploy 'pop-up archives' in the local community, empowering young people to engage with and archive their cultural and musical heritage using easily accessible digital technology such as smart phones. Listening and recording sessions in community venues such as cafes, schools, libraries and community centres will enable people from diverse ages and cultural backgrounds to engage with heritage recordings archived at the British Library.

Public Value at the BBC Trust

Dr Dave O'Brien will explore the meaning, uses and application of theories of public value within the BBC Trust. The research will develop a partnership with the Trust to explore how public value is understood and how this concept can be made more accessible to the public. The project will draw on research on cultural value developed by City academics, along with the expertise of Professor Toby Miller who will act as manager and mentor. Outputs of the project will include a blog, a public seminar event and an academic paper on 'value' within the BBC.

Byzantine Music for The Divine Liturgy 

Dr Alexander Lingas will lead this project to extend knowledge transfer between academic musicologists and practicing musicians. It extends a collaborative effort begun in 2004 to provide musical materials for educational and pastoral use complementing the Greek-English edition of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (1st ed., 1995) published by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. This project will bring the existing materials into line with the new 2nd edition of The Divine Liturgy (2011) and produce additional materials for the teaching of Byzantine music to singers accustomed to Western music. 

The AHRC funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects including: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners.

Find out more about the Cultural Engagement Fund.

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