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Case studies A-C

  • AIDS and English law - As part of an ongoing collaboration between Dr Matthew Weait of Keele University and Dr Yusef Azad of The National AIDS Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) recently funded a PhD for Mr Robert James entitled The Response of the English Legal System to People Living with AIDS/HIV. The research examines the impact of law on people living with the disease, and will utilise Mr James’ wealth of experience in the field; particularly his time spent in the last five years advising NHS Trusts on drafting and implementing policies after legislative changes.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)/Ministry of Justice Human Rights Policy seminar - In November 2009, the AHRC organised a seminar on Human Rights policy making, which was attended by a diverse combination of policy makers, senior academics and representatives from the AHRC, charities and Non Government Organisations (NGO) in the field of human rights. These participants came together to discuss the research and analysis needs of the Ministry of Justice, and to assess practical and effective ways in which the relationship with human rights academics could be developed and improved. You can also read a report of the seminar (PDF 138 KB, (opens in a new window).
  • Arts and humanities research and innovation - In collaboration with NESTA, the AHRC recently launched their report entitled Arts and Humanities Research and Innovation (PDF 232KB, opens in a new window), several copies of which were sent to the Committee. The report details the unique contribution that arts and humanities research makes towards the UK’s successful exploitation of new ideas.  The report discusses the growing evidence that arts and humanities research has a positive effect on the rapid economic growth taking place within the creative industries, and overlaps with the development of science and technology. In particular, it details the way in which research in the arts and humanities contributes towards innovation in a way that is defined more broadly than purely scientific and technological terms. The Governments own Annual Innovation Report (opens in a new window) echoes this point, discussing new models of knowledge exchange between the arts and humanities research base and business e.g. via collaborative R&D funding and the creation of  a Knowledge Transfer Network in partnership with the TSB. 
  • Copyright law and music research - Professor Nicholas Cook, Director of the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (opens in a new window) also submitted a response to Taking Forward the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property; Proposed Changes to Copyright Exceptions. Professor Cook and his colleagues have been actively involved in this area, and the submission was in line with the recommendations of the Gowers review. Professor Cooke also detailed the US and European positions on copyright protection and the arguments both for and against the extending copyright in sound recordings and the likely impact of extension on scholarly research, access to musical heritage and education.