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Queen's tops AHRC funding in UK

Researchers at Queen’s are celebrating major funding success with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the last year.

In fact, Queen’s was the No 1 AHRC-funded university in the whole of the UK in 2016/17, receiving over £4.1 million in competitively awarded funding; outperforming its closest competitors by over £700,000.

Notable awards include Sounding Conflict (pictured), led by Professor Fiona Magowan and based at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. This novel, interdisciplinary project is examining how communities that have experienced conflict have responded through processes of musical activism, participatory music making, sonic arts and dramatised performances of resistance and reconciliation, across the Middle East, Brazil and Northern Ireland.

Another major recipient was the SUNDASIA project led by Dr Ryan Rabett in the School of Natural and Built Environment. This project seeks to explore how prehistoric foraging communities adapted to cycles of coastal inundation in Southeast Asia and how to understand how those processes can inform modern responses to climate-induced rising seas. 

Professor Richard Schoch was also very successful with his Performing Restoration Shakespeare project; his award will bring together an international group of scholars to explore how Shakespeare productions were staged during the Restoration period (1660 – 1704) and how they might be brought to the stage today and allows Queen's to work in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC), Shakespeare's Globe (London) and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (Stratford).

AHRC awards given to Queen's represented a broad range of subjects and disciplines and fell under various schemes such as the Partnership for Crime Conflict and Security (PaCCS) – Conflict Theme; the Standard Research Grants scheme and the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF). Success was not restricted to major funding awards however, Queen's also received a significant number of smaller awards from AHRC’s Research Leadership Fellowships, Research Networking Awards, PaCCS Innovations awards and the Follow-on Fund.

All of this points to a broad base of research excellence across the Faculty of AHSS and beyond that Queen's can build on as it moves towards its ambitious research-income targets. Well done to all of the researchers involved.