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UK’s only national humanities research festival announces funding awards to 41 universities and cultural organisations

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Following a national competition, 41 higher education and cultural institutions have been awarded small grants of up to £5,000 to participate in the only UK-wide humanities research festival, led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London.  

The Being Human festival funding competition was launched in February, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy and with support from the Wellcome Trust.
 
To win one of the awards for funding, applicants had to successfully demonstrate how they would engage the public with humanities research, while highlighting its role in the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK.
 
Funded events this year include an attempt to rebuild the architecture of Hull using a video game, bus stop poetry readings in Bristol, a 'zombie walk' around Mary Shelley’s Dundee, and a 'Shanty Mob' pub crawl around Liverpool. This year there are also a number of designated 'hubs' for festival activity outside London. Universities in Aberdeen, Northumbria, Nottingham, Sheffield and Swansea will not only be coordinating festival activities but will be putting forward regional ambassadors to champion the festival. 
 
The 11-day festival will run from 12–22 November 2015. Free-to-attend public events will be held in museums, galleries, and cultural and community centres at locations across the UK.
 
"Grant recipients were chosen from 100 innovative applications demonstrating the vitality and relevance of humanities research", said festival director, Professor Barry Smith of the School of Advanced Study. "The funding awards will enable these institutions to showcase the very best research in the humanities, demonstrating the key contribution it makes to our understanding of the human world."

Alun Evans, Chief Executive (Designate) of the British Academy, said: "The British Academy is delighted to continue to support the festival as it highlights the impressive amount of exciting work happening in the humanities in the UK."
 
Find out more about the festival online and follow the latest news about the festival on Twitter at@BeingHumanFest.

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