Research, Impact and Public Engagement
The Faculty of Humanities comprises a network of more than 250 academic staff, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers housed across 6 schools, 3 faculty centres and 30 research centres. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations thrive both within and across these groups: the faculty is a hive of activities. In 2015, the university’s 50th anniversary year, an animated film was commissioned to celebrate the scale and scope of our wide-ranging, ambitious research, voiced by university Chancellor Gavin Esler.
The Faculty Research and Innovation Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Professor Catherine Richardson, oversees all aspects of research activity for which it provides funding through the Faculty Research Fund. Until autumn 2015 this was formally constituted as KIASH, the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Public Engagement with research and impact-related activities are supported by the Faculty, University and Schools. Our research environment builds on close collaborations with local, national and international partners as well as CHASE, EARC, the Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Study (CIAS) and other well-established personal and institutional networks.
The Digital Humanities Forum comprises an informal group that brings together staff interested in or working on this area, which is also the focus for Kent humanities’ involvement in EARC. If you are interested in joining the Digital Humanities Forum, or would like more information, please contact Christina Kim (C.S.Kim@kent.ac.uk).
Research support in Humanities is provided by the Research Funding Officer Michelle.Secker and Research Services. Research Services coordinates Peer Review processes for funding applications, REF preparations and other aspects of our research and research-related activities. The Enterprise Office advises and helps staff develop impact and innovation across all our specialisms. Staff new to research are nurtured by the University’s Researcher Development Working Group, just one amongst many of the collegial ways in which we help our staff to excel in their research.
What is Humanities Research at the University of Kent?