Northumbria University

The AHRC Creative Communities programme is hosted by Northumbria University. The university provides a rich research environment in creative industry and community practice and a cross sector context of established cultural partnerships in teaching, innovation and impact.

The AHRC Creative Communities programme is hosted by Northumbria University

Northumbria University is Times Higher University of the Year 2023. As a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence, the university invests in innovative and responsive research that contributes to the wellbeing, cultural development, social needs and political growth of local, national and international communities.

Speaking about the AHRC’s decision to award Creative Communities to Northumbria University, Prof Katy Shaw said:

The decision to base the programme here at Northumbria is testament to our sector-leading reputation in partnership working. Collaboration in teaching and learning, research and impact, knowledge exchange and public engagement is a stylistic trait of how we take on the challenges of tomorrow at Northumbria University. We are delighted that UKRI and AHRC are joining us in realising that vision through the Creative Communities programme.

The university is committed at a core level to effective and collaborative partnership working, allowing research to make maximum impact, apply knowledge to help businesses and facilitate growth and development in other organisations. It also informs the university’s teaching, preparing students for employment.

The Creative Communities programme forms part of a Peak of Excellence at Northumbria that frames R&D in the cultural and creative industries, including publishing, film and tv, performance and music, and cultural policymaking, especially in relation to devolution and levelling up.


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