Professor Rick Rylance, Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES), has been appointed the new Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research in the University of London. He will succeed Professor Roger Kain CBE, FBA, who has led the School for more than seven years. Professor Rylance took over the IES directorship in January 2016. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group.
Ever wondered why you like a certain painting or brand of coffee? Can our senses of taste and smell help define who we are? At a two-day event (27–28 April) at London’s Tate Exchange, come and experience for yourself some of the unexpected strategies our brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to our appreciation of art
Professor John Haffenden (left), senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies (IES), has been elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . He is one of 40 such members and 188 Fellows in this year’s cohort, which include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business and philanthropic leaders.
The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the 2018–19 academic year. The decision ( announced on 21 April ) means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018–19 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
There was a time in literature when authors lost the plot. This was signalled by Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time , one of the most important novels to shift literature’s emphasis away from plot to a more subjective exploration of perspective and emotional responses.
Professor Barry C Smith has been appointed to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel (IDAP). The IDAP was set up earlier this year by the four UK higher education funding bodies – the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland.
Barry Smith (right) with SAS honorary graduate Heston Blumenthal , a guest on 'The Uncommon Senses' series Why would people agree that lemons are fast, while bananas are slow? Do we really have ‘sixth senses’ for things that are... not of this earth?
Image: ©Steve Haywood/AHRC Dr Christopher Bannister, a historian at the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of English Studies (IES), has been selected by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to become one of only ten New Generation Thinkers for 2017.
The School of Advanced Study is saddened to hear of the sudden death on 10 March of Stefania Barichello, a research student who was well known to both the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Stefania’s work on refugee protection in Latin America meant that she participated in the School’s Human Rights Consortium and Refugee Law Initiative events. She was an inspiring, committed and passionate individual who cared deeply about the refugee cause. Her death affects so many of us but our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Image: © Shutterstock Hostility to press freedom and journalistic independence is growing across the Commonwealth and journalists face increasing obstruction and even physical danger. So how is this 52-nation group responding to these new threats which challenge democracy and human rights as much as freedom of speech?