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Ideas Fund – supporting research in Arts and Social Sciences – funding announced

Ideas Fund

Warwick Ventures is pleased to announce the awardees of the first round of the Ideas Fund; which is aimed at supporting the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculties in applying their research and innovation to benefit the wider society.

Funding worth just over £58k has been awarded to seven projects which were assessed on their potential social, cultural and political impact as well as alignment with the support that Warwick Ventures can offer. This newly created fund backs a new focus by Warwick Ventures, as Knowledge Transfer Offices in Universities around the UK are looking to develop how they can work more effectively with researchers from Arts, Humanities & Social Science fields. All awarded projects will be supported by our Innovation Development Managers who will work closely with the departments to develop and deliver the project.

The projects cover a range of disciplines from education to healthcare, development and legal challenges, the list is as follows:

1. Professional virtues in modern medicine: Prof Quassim Cassam, Philosophy

2. Extending curriculum application of young people’s attitudes to religious diversity study: Prof Leslie Francis, Associate Prof Tania ap Siôn & Dr Ursula McKenna, Centre of Education Studies

3. Implementing a devolved model for teacher education: Des Hewitt, Centre for Teacher Education

4. African Women Playwright’s Network: Dr Yvette Hutchison, Theatre and Performance Studies

5. Application of multifactorial survey experiments in development research: Prof Ulf Liebe, Sociology and Q-step

6. International legal strategy to address human right’s violations in Indian – administered Kashmir: Dr Goldie Osuri, Sociology

7. Child sexual abuse allegations: Response of family courts and children’s services: Dr Ravi Thiara, Centre for Lifelong Learning

Charmaine with Leslie J. Francis and Tania ap SionProfessor Leslie J. Francis and Associate Professor Tania ap Siôn said,

Our research on young people’s attitudes to religious diversity and the associated curriculum resources have already attracted wide attention from academics, classroom practitioners, and religious leaders across faith traditions. Thanks to the funding from Warwick Ventures, we will now be able to develop a dedicated web presence clearly linking the research to the curriculum resources, and making those resources more accessible to schools. The website will also host case studies of how our curriculum resources have been used in schools. This will help to share good practice and to generate wider impact."

Yvette and Isla Millar

Dr Yvette Hutchison was also delighted to have won funding for her project. She shared

The African Women Playwright Network enables female African creative practitioners to collaborate and discuss relevant social and political issues impacting them and access professional opportunities to get their work staged, read and published. The funding will help to expand the community and develop outreach projects in the West Midlands working with young people, women from Africa and other marginal communities. We will seek to create dialogue across local, regional and international communities of creative practitioners. We are very much looking forward to working more closely with the team at Warwick Ventures in these projects."

To find out more on how Warwick Ventures are working with the Arts and Social Sciences Faculties, please contact our Innovation Development Managers: Isla Millar ( ) and Charmaine Mulligan (