Members are selected from higher education institutions and independent research organisations in the United Kingdom and overseas, and from outside academia.

They take on a fundamental role in ensuring the highest quality research proposals receive funding. Members provide expert reviews on grant proposals across the range of the AHRC's schemes within their areas of expertise. The reviews inform panels and ultimately the research council’s decision-making processes.

This brings the total number of AHRC PRC members at Manchester Metropolitan to 31, with members from both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Education.

Professor Berthold Schoene, Faculty Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange said: “Many congratulations to the colleagues who have been invited to join the AHRC Peer Review College. Membership is not only an acknowledgement of our growing esteem and leadership status within the wider academic subject community, it is also a fantastic way to exercise academic citizenship and collegiality at a national level.”

Professor Farida Vis, Head of the Manchester School of Art Research Centre (MSARC) said: “It is wonderful to see so many Faculty and MSARC colleagues being successful. I am particularly excited about the range of expertise and diversity this group brings, which aligns with the AHRC’s stated EDI priority aims around diversifying its Peer Review College. These colleagues will make an important contribution to AHRC’s commitment to promoting the values of equality of opportunity, diversity, and inclusivity.”

Those invited to join the Peer Review College include:

Mr Alnoor Mitha (Manchester School of Art)

Elisa Oliver (Manchester School of Art)

Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr (Manchester School of Architecture)

Dr Alison Slater (Manchester School of Art)

Dr Elisa Oliver (Manchester School Of Art)

A further seven members of staff from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have also been appointed to the Peer Review College:

Dr Rachel Dickinson (Department of English)

Dr Khawla Badwan (Department of Languages, Information and Communications)

Dr Lexi Webster (Department of Languages, Information and Communications/Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre)

Dr Marie Molloy (Department of History, Politics and Philosophy)

Dr Caitlin Nunn (Department of Sociology)

Dr David Cooper (Department of English)

Dr Andrew Crome (Department of History, Politics and Philosophy)

Professor Catherine Fletcher (Department of History, Politics and Philosophy)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers across the entire range of Arts and Humanities subjects. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.