SAS at a Glance

Some key achievements in 2021-22 include:

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey shows that 98% of the respondents were satisfied with the quality of the course provided by the School and its institutes. (a 16% increase from 2021PTES)

The School continued with a hybrid programme of activity which saw 99% of its events programme held online, ensuring continued accessibility and visibility across the UK and abroad (events attendance rising to 500 during live audience, and 700 digital/legacy views). The Being Human Festival recorded over 35k digital/legacy views.

In its first year the Doctoral Centre offered a highly successful and expanded programme of training for humanities researchers, in particular early career researchers, across the UK and beyond with events participation recorded at over 13,000 including speakers.

The School recorded over 16,000 headlines across medias (blogs, newspapers, prints), having reached millions of people, consolidating the visibility of its research.

Nearly 600 researchers across all career stages applied to the School’s fellowship schemes, through open competitions. 140 researchers were appointed. Meanwhile, the School hosted over 700 fellows, whether as visiting fellows, honorary fellows, associated fellows, visiting students, or research fellows, all confirming the attractiveness of the School’s research environment and resources.

With the lockdown easing and libraries reopening, library usage saw a significant increase in both registrations (over 12,000) and footfall (over 70,000).

The University of London Press continued to transition to a press which publishes high-quality, innovative new work. Work focused to ensure the School’s open access publications were consistently on key OA platforms to maximise their global reach (with over 700,000 downloads).

The School’s wide-ranging online resources and services continued to be popular (over 170m record views), with visible access from all parts of the world. The development of the Digital Humanities Research Hub (DHRH) helped promote the available digital skills and expertise in the School through publications, conferences, projects as well as teaching delivered to over 500 researchers.

The School was also successful in securing funding from external sources from both externally funded research (awards totalled £2.9m) as well as academic fees


The School produces statistics on an annual basis as part of the requirement to report its performance to the Strategic Advisory Group, the School Board, and the University of London.