Sidney Fellows Jo Craigwood and Alan Hughes have taken part in a conference exploring why the arts and humanities matter - and the cultural and social benefits that research and teaching in these fields at British universities bring.

The event was hosted by Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and was co-convened by Fellow in English Jo Craigwood. Over the course of one morning, ten eminent speakers, including Professor Alan Hughes, each offered a seven-minute perspective on the wider value of the Arts and Humanities.

The event also addressed how the future of these subjects might be threatened by current higher education reforms. Videos of the ten short talks, two summarising responses, and the longer opening address are available on the CRASSH website.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2011.

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