Intangible Assets: Funding Research in the Arts and Humanities

  • By Politeia
  • October 26, 2018
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Intangible Assets: Funding Research in the Arts and Humanities

 Thursday 15th November, 12.00pm-1pm

The UK has some of the world’s finest universities, excelling in the Arts and Humanities, as well as in the sciences. But many fear that current funding models for research will gradually undermine both their outstanding scholarship and the high standards in teaching for which UK universities are celebrated.

On Thursday 15th November 2018, 12-1pm, Politeia will hold a special round table to consider the how research in the humanities should be funded and what the implications may be for teaching.  The event will mark the launch of a new analysis by John Marenbon, Intangible Assets: Funding Research in the Arts and Humanities.

Leading the discussion will be:

  • Professor John Marenbon, FBA, Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy in the University of Cambridge, author of Intangible Assets: Funding Research in the Humanities
  • Professor David Abulafia, FBA, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and Professor of Mediterranean History in the University of Cambridge.
  • The Rt Hon. Lord Willetts, Former Minister of State for Universities and Science 2010- 2014, author of A University Education (2017).

Speakers will consider questions such as:

  • What is the case for funding humanities research, given there may be few obvious practical benefits?
  • Is the current model of natural sciences research suitable for the Arts and Humanities? Does it work even for the sciences themselves?
  • Is the REF justifiable in the Arts and Humanities? What impact does it have on universities’ ability to teach students?
  • What should government policy be and how can independent research be funded whilst maintaining the teaching model with which this country’s best universities have led teaching and research.

We would be very pleased if you were free to join us for this event. If so please RSVP. 

The event will take place on 15th November 2018. It will be between 12pm-1pm, with a drinks reception for guests attending from 11.30pm. If you would like to attend, please respond to this e-mail by writing to with your name, position and organisation, and we shall put you on the list. If you would like to bring a guest, please let us have the name and contact details.