There’s been a lot of publicity for the campaign to get the AHRC to remove references to the Big Society from its delivery plan, and even David Willetts has recently remarked on the “hazard” of including political campaign slogans in research council delivery plans. But the AHRC is bizarrely unyielding. Thom Brooks suggests the following:
Please write to the AHRC and voice your continued support for our campaign. The AHRC appears to believe our opposition is fading: in fact, it is growing and recent publicity in the Guardian confirms this. Contact information includes the AHRC CEO Professor Rick Rylance (firstname.lastname@example.org) and AHRC Chairman Professor Sir Alan Wilson (email@example.com).
Please write to David Willetts and voice your support. You might use the following template:
Dear Rt Hon Willetts,
I want to share my support for the campaign to remove the “Big Society” from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Delivery Plan. This is a position of principle, not politics: political campaign slogans should have no place in research council delivery plans. This position is endorsed by over 4,000 academics and 30+ learned societies as well as the UCU. Petitions (see http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/thebigsociety/) have drawn support from across disciplines and political divides. Please communicate to the AHRC the importance of taking action and removing this campaign slogan immediately.