Commissioning Panel


Professor Jonathan Stock (Chair), University of Sheffield

Dr Jane Bacon, University of Nottingham

Dr Sharon Baurley, Central Saint Martins

Professor Joanna Bornat, Open University

Dr Christopher Breward, Victoria and Albert Museum

Mark Jacobs, Freelance media consultant

Professor Stephen Matthews, Oxford Brooks University

Professor Sue Thornham, University of Sussex

Professor Carol-Anne Upton, University of Ulster

Professor Toshio Watanabe, Chelsea School of Art

Professor Helen Weinstein, University of York


Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.