Alice Hall named BBC and AHRC New Generation Thinker

Posted on 24 May 2013

Alice Hall, a Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature, has become one of ten academics from across the UK to be named ‘New Generation Thinkers’ for 2013.

The competition, which is organised by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), received hundreds of applications from early career academics who are passionate about communicating modern scholarship to a wider audience.

The winners will spend a year working with Radio 3 presenters and producers to develop their research and ideas into broadcasts. They will make their debut appearance on Radio 3's arts and ideas programme, Night Waves, and will be invited to make regular contributions to the network throughout the year. They will deliver talks at Radio 3's annual Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013. The academics will also have an opportunity to develop their ideas for television, including working with BBC Television Arts.

Alice hopes to use the scheme to develop broadcasting ideas about her research in contemporary and global literature, particularly the areas of literature and the body, cultural representations of disability, literary autobiography, and medical humanities.

Matthew Dodd, Head of Speech programming for BBC Radio 3, said: “This year's applicants showed a sharp sophistication about how their research might make strong programmes - and a real willingness to reach beyond academia into the lives of our audience, and to find new formats to do that.”

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Council, said: “This scheme, the collaboration with enthusiastic colleagues from BBC Radio 3 and our work with the talented researchers who apply, continue to be highlights of the year's activities. We are delighted with the breadth of subjects covered and the range of cross-disciplinary projects being presented in innovative and engaging ways.”