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Times news report puts AHRC projects under the spotlight

Research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council have been called into question in a Times newspaper report which quotes the Tax Payers’ Alliance lobby group.

According to the report published in the 7 October edition of the newspaper, AHRC projects into philosophy, boys’ singing, and teaching Egyptology in prisons were cited as examples of “doubtful” uses of public funds according to the lobby group the Tax Payers’ Alliance.

The report notes that £8 million of public funding was spent on these and other projects between 2007 and 2011 and quotes the alliance’s campaign director, Robert Oxley, as saying that the decision to fund a study on philosophy in the construction industry was “frankly absurd”.

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