Issue date: 31 January 2002

UWE has reinforced its position as the leading new university for research in the arts and humanities, according to figures published by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).* The AHRB is the main Government body funding research in the arts and humanities in UK universities. During 2001, UWE received eleven AHRB awards, significantly ahead of any other post-1992 university. And for the second time, as in 1999/2000, UWE was the only new university to appear in the top echelon of universities funded by the AHRB, ahead of many of the traditional universities.

Rob Cuthbert, UWE Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said that this "demonstrates our fast-growing reputation in arts and humanities research, and research generally, at UWE. It also shows how the distinctions between the new and traditional universities are being perceptibly changed."

UWE fared especially well in AHRB's Research Leave Scheme, which enables individual scholars to complete and publish the results of the highest quality work. With eight of these awards received during the past year, UWE’s record was better than many traditional universities including Bristol, Leeds and Cambridge University.

Among those receiving Research Leave Scheme awards was Dr Kent Fedorowich, of the Faculty of Humanities, who has just returned from a term’s leave to complete a book on Prisoners of War in the Far East.

The book’s aim is to provide a comprehensive account of the treatment of both Allied and Japanese POWs captured during the Malayan, Burma and Pacific campaigns.

In all, four Research Leave Awards were received by the Faculty of Art, Media and Design; three by the Faculty of Humanities; and one by the Faculty of Languages and European Studies.

In addition, a large AHRB grant of over £100k was made to enable Steve Hoskins (Faculty of Art, Media & Design) to continue a project on novel approaches to fine art printing and reproduction. UWE’s research is investigating how to integrate an 18th century process, called collotype, with digital technology. The aim is to develop a high-quality process that can be used to produce works of art with stunning colour depth and tone. Tests are also underway into the production of suitable inks. The project will culminate in an exhibition of work by ten artists from a variety of backgrounds using the system and comparing it with their usual printing methods in terms of visual quality and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

* Figures taken from the Arts and Humanities Research Board Annual Report 2000/2001, published October 2001

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