RLUK and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are delighted to announce the first cohort of fellows under their collaborative Professional Practice Fellowship scheme for academic and research libraries.
Following a highly-competitive application process, the 10 Professional Practice Fellows will begin their research over the summer of 2022. Lasting between 6 and 12 months, the fellows will investigate topics central to the role of academic libraries as partners and leaders of pioneering, cross-disciplinary, research.
RLUK and AHRC would like to thank all of those colleagues who have supported the development and delivery of the scheme. This includes the members of the peer review panel who assessed applications, the mentors of individual fellows, and the application advisors who assisted applicants in submitting their application.
In announcing the fellowships, Dr Jessica Garder, RLUK Chair and University Librarian, University of Cambridge said:
‘I am delighted that we are announcing our first fellows under this groundbreaking scheme in partnership with the AHRC. The range and variety of research topics pursued by the fellows demonstrates the breadth of research interests and potential contained within academic libraries. To have this opportunity to work with the fellows and the AHRC to promote the role of academic libraries as research partners and leaders is core to RLUK’s work. We look forward to working with the fellows as they undertake their exciting research journeys and thank the AHRC for their generosity in funding the scheme’.
Dr Allan Sudlow, Director of Partnerships and Engagement at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said:
‘I am thrilled to be welcoming our first cohort of Professional Practice Fellowships in partnership with RLUK. The breadth of research topics pursued by the fellows demonstrates both a desire to engage with research and the potential to shape the future research landscape.
These fellowships, alongside the Research Catalyst Cohort programme we are delivering with RLUK and the Association of Research Managers, speak to a shared commitment to the principles of the Technician Commitment. Research library professionals are a critical part of our research ecosystem’.