Since 2010 the New Generation Thinkers scheme has been a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.
Being one of the New Generation Thinkers includes working with BBC Radio 3 and a chance to develop a programme for the station. The AHRC also provides media training for Thinkers, and offers the possibility of working with BBC TV, speaking opportunities, and involvement with the AHRC-funded Being Human Festival. Since launching the scheme in 2010, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts have given 100 New Generation Thinkers unique access to training and support and the prestigious opportunity to communicate their research by making programmes for BBC radio and television.
New Generation Thinkers have become regulars on BBC Radio 3, presented TV documentaries on BBC Four, discussed their work with the public at the Hay Festival, hosted panel sessions, made short films about their expertise and have taken part in judging panels for leading cultural prizes. Several have gone on to become established BBC presenters, with New Generation Thinkers alumni including Shahidha Bari, Daisy Fancourt, Alexandra Harris and Laurence Scott.