Press releases

Medieval specialist Catherine Clarke to lead new IHR research centre

Friday 9 November 2018
Institute of Historical Research
Catherine Clarke (left), Professor of English at the University of Southampton, has been named Chair in the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ). She takes up her new role in February 2019.

Human rights US activist gets honorary doctorate from School of Advanced Study

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Human Rights Consortium
Gay J McDougall (left), a leading international human rights activist, scholar and lawyer is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony. Currently vice-chair and member of the UN treaty body that oversees compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fordham University School of Law in New York, she will receive a Doctor of Laws honoris causa at Senate House on 7 December.  

University of London appoints new vice-chancellor

Monday 29 October 2018
The University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Wendy Thomson CBE (left) as its next vice-chancellor with effect from July 2019. Wendy holds a tenured professorship in social policy at McGill University and sits on the boards of the University of the Arts, the University of East Anglia as well as Diabetes UK.

Lost score by suffrage composer to be performed for first time in nearly 100 years  

Thursday 25 October 2018
Institute of Historical Research
The missing score of a string quartet by the suffrage composer Dorothy Howell (1898–1982) dubbed ‘the English Strauss’ – last performed at the Wigmore Hall in 1920, and thought lost for nearly 100 years – has recently been discovered and will be played at a special concert on 1 November.

Pixel perfections – the digital realities of Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Does technology help us to be human? With the intensive coverage of all things digital in the media and on social media, we could be forgiven for forgetting a basic tenet of education – that technology is just a tool. However, it seems that our digital tools are quickly outstripping the ability of most of us to exploit them fully. 

Creativity, culture, community – what Being Human is all about 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Wherever there are humans there is culture. And whether you gravitate to London’s South Bank or Strictly Come Dancing, there’s culture for everyone at this year’s Being Human festival with more than 250 free-to-attend public events on offer by more than 73 universities, research organisations and cultural and community groups in and around 50 towns and cities across the UK. 

Whatever you believe, it’s all part of Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Whatever you can imagine, it’s a fair bet that someone, somewhere believes it. And the ‘Beliefs’ strand of Being Human 2018 is packed with fascinating insights into subjects from ‘First Contact’ with aliens through to folk practices, children’s myths and ancient religions such as Zoroastrianism. 

In touch with reality

Tuesday 23 October 2018
Institute of Philosophy
Image: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio, right, exploring shape and size using vision and touch Every year, museums have to bear the cost of repairing the damage caused to their artworks by visitors touching them. Why would people want to touch objects they can clearly see? What is it that touch provides that vision do not?

Explore Layers of London – a new digital platform enabling you to peel back the layers of London’s history to discover its people and places, and to share your own stories

Friday 21 September 2018
Institute of Historical Research
Did you know that in East London in 1954 you could barter a Christmas cake for a chicken for a Christmas dinner? Or that 35 years earlier a white cross painted by your door guaranteed you’d be woken up for work? Or that on 17th century maps, today’s Oxford Street was simply ‘the Road to Oxford’? Would you like to see a photo of London’s first housing estate? Have you got your own stories and memories you’d like to share?