Introducing the School

Founded in 1994, the School exists to protect, foster and develop an approach to advanced study which was evolved by its constituent institutes, many of which have long and distinguished histories. It is the only institution in the UK that is nationally funded to promote and facilitate research in the humanities and social sciences and receives special funding for its mission from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Supporting and promoting research

The 10 institutes of the School are dedicated to serving the research communities of their disciplines, nationally and internationally, and together complement the work of others by providing a research base designed to support, inspire and advance research through the provision of a range of services far beyond the capacity of any one individual university. In so doing the School performs a vital role as a driving force for knowledge sharing across the humanities and social sciences in the UK and beyond.

The School's research support and promotion activities fall into seven broad categories:

  • Events
  • Research Training
  • Fellowships
  • Networks and Collaborations
  • Digital Resources
  • Publications Services
  • Library Resources

Underpinning the School's national role is the research and scholarship undertaken by its academic staff. The process of undertaking challenging research in order to extend the boundaries of knowledge across disciplines and in collaboration with researchers from around the world is critical to the School's function as an innovative space for advanced study and its commitment to the highest standards of scholarship.

The School's location within the University of London precinct in Bloomsbury, central London, allows easy access to the rich cultural amenities of London and the institutes gain greatly from the participation of visiting researchers and guest speakers working in government, diplomacy, business and development, the cultural and heritage industries, and other universities from around the world.