About the PEC

We provide independent research and policy recommendations for the UK's creative industries.

Who we are

The Creative PEC is led by Newcastle University with the Royal Society of Arts and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Over the next five years the Creative PEC will introduce 'State of the Nation' reporting in each of four high-level priority thematic areas led by the four organisations that will make up the research consortium:

· R&D, Innovation and Clusters (Sussex University)

· Creative Education, Skills, Talent (Work Advance)

· Internationalisation (Newcastle University)

· The Arts, Cultural & Heritage sectors (University of Sheffield)

Our 2018 - 2023 core research programme focused on:

Geography of the Creative Industries - The Value of Arts and Culture - International, Trade, and Immigration - Skills, Jobs and Education - Intellectual Property and Regulation - R&D and Innovation - Diversity and Inclusion - Business Models and Access to Finance - Public Service Broadcasting

Our vision

The Creative PEC provides a step-change for our three main stakeholders - industry, policymakers and the wider research community - in the quality of evidence for the creative industries. We consult industry about the challenges that the sector faces, from its limited diversity, to skills gaps, barriers to trade, and local growth in the sector. We put these questions to our UK-wide group of researchers, and feed the evidence and policy advice back to policymakers. This unique model ensures that our research and policy recommendations are relevant, and meet the needs and priorities of the people working in the sector.

Our industry and policy partners

We work with a broad and inclusive group of partners from across the creative industries, including Creative UK (formerly the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England). Initial industry partners also include the British Film Institute and Tech Nation.

Our Industry Champions are a UK-wide network of trusted practitioners, drawn from all parts of the creative industries. The group provides us with guidance on industry’s most pressing challenges, expert insight to inform our research, and critical feedback on our policy recommendations.

Our International Council is a network of leading policy and creative economy practitioners from across the world, convened by The British Council. The group shares international policy intelligence and research opportunities, and acts as critical friends in reviewing and providing an international perspective on our activities.

The Creative PEC is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The Creative PEC has been awarded funding by the AHRC for an additional five years, and is joint hosted by the University of Newcastle, alongside the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

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