Arts, humanities and social sciences will be central to post-pandemic recovery, says Molly Morgan Jones
As the UK passes the first peak of Covid-19 infections and the government lifts some of the restrictions on daily life, thoughts are turning to the future. With projections of a catastrophic drop in GDP of between 12 and 30 per cent, it is difficult to say what kind of society or economy will emerge.
Sectors such as tourism and hospitality have suffered historic damage but will survive in some form. Others may disappear altogether. But there are aspects of the future we can be more sure about, which can form a basis for decisions affecting the economy, universities and research funding.