Research in modern languages in the UK continues to be both varied and prolific. Government belief in our field is slowly growing, and we have the strong support of the British Academy and the APPG, which have both benefited from close collaboration with UCML. But, as a key field in the humanities, we also face a number of challenges, in the UK and in Europe, in relation both to our own research and that of younger researchers.
HEFCE has commissioned a report on metrics chaired by Prof James Wilsdon - see attachment for the full report, published in July 2015, The Metric Tide. Its understanding of a variety of issues, including those affecting arts & humsanities fields, is useful and promises to be influential.
AHRC support for Modern Languages: OWRI
AHRC's OWRI scheme has now passed the second stage, and results are expected in January 2016.
AHRC doctoral support - Developing the Next Phase
AHRC invites responses to its consultation document, attached herewith. The 'next phase' will begin in October 2019; among the proposals are to discontine CDTs, to reduce the total number of DTPs to ten, and to require a 50:50 contribution from HEIs. Your responses are invited for the UCML reply, which will go in by mid-November. Please email them to email@example.com .
A Guide to Open Access was recently published by OAPEN-UK/JISC. It is attached herewith. A response, signed by UCML among several other arts & humsanities Snbject Associations, was sent by the Arts & Humanities Alliance [AHA] .