The Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) at King’s College London 2011
Cementing Its Status as an Academic Department
In 2009 the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH), formerly known as the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH), presented the model of a successful cross-disciplinary collective of digital practitioners engaged in teaching and research, with knowledge transfer activities and a significant number of research grants contributing to its ongoing revenue plan. Support from King’s College London to create the department was to be phased out after the results of the government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which was expected to become a major source of support for the department. Two years later, the DDH revenue model has been challenged by reduced government spending, leading to budget cuts at the college, a revised RAE funding model that reduced the level of expected support, and a difficult market for consulting clients. This update will examine how DDH has weathered the challenge of reduced revenues in 2010–11 and how its leaders have responded by re-focusing on their reputation as an academic department conducting first-rate research.
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