Press releases

New for old – rethinking our world with Being Human 2021

Monday 4 October 2021
School of Advanced Study
                                                                       Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham / Shutterstock From Caribbean food and shebeens to environmental storytelling and sustainable burials to Climate Change, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities returns from 11 to 20 November, with hundreds of free events taking place across the UK.

Researchers show Covid-19 can leave more than a bad taste

Monday 27 September 2021
Institute of Philosophy
                                                                                                                                                           Image: Shutterstock

University of London researchers in £2.9m AI drive to make historical collections more accessible to the public

Tuesday 21 September 2021
School of Advanced Study
Image by Colin McDowall, courtesy of Towards a National Collection   Researchers at the University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS) are part of a pioneering new project – Congruence Engine – that will explore the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make historical and museum collections more accessible to researchers and the public.

The app that marries history and mapping for perfect English county walks

Monday 12 July 2021
Institute of Historical Research
Downloaded more than 4,000 times since it went live in January 2020, A History of English Places , an exciting map-based smartphone app from the Institute of Historical Research’s (IHR) Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, has been transforming the way people view their local area and communities. And it has proven a helpful tool for those who have taken to local walks as an antidote to pandemic restrictions.

The 100th anniversary of the IHR heralds a year of talks, tours and performances

Wednesday 7 July 2021
Institute of Historical Research
To commemorate its 100th birthday, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, will bring together researchers, artists and scholars for a year of #OurCentury events to explore, celebrate and reappraise history – our past, present and future.

New director appointed at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research

Wednesday 30 June 2021
Institute of Historical Research
Professor Claire Langhamer, currently professor of modern British history at the University of Sussex, has been appointed as director of the UK’s national centre for history, the University of London’s (UoL) Institute of HistoricaI Research ( IHR ).  Claire was awarded a degree in history from the University of Manchester in 1991, completed her PhD at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston in 1996, and started at Sussex University as a lecturer in 1998. 

German cultural trust donates further £2m to ‘Warburg Renaissance’ project

Monday 28 June 2021
Warburg Institute
Hermann-Hinrich Reemtsma (centre) with Reemtsma family members and representatives from the foundation on a visit to the Warburg Institute in summer 2019 .    A world-class institute for the study of art and culture, that tracks themes and symbols across time and space, is set to benefit from a £3m investment by a German foundation. This gift, the largest ever donation to the University of London, will secure the future of the Warburg Institute and help it to reach new people.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown admits he would be a better leader today than he was when he led UK through economic crisis while in office

Friday 25 June 2021
School of Advanced Study
A landmark new series of episodes from the Change Makers podcast explores the ways in which Covid-19 has changed us as a society – starting with former UK prime minister Gordon Brown The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London has teamed up with Change Makers to produce a new series of interviews with key public figures on how the pandemic has changed them, and what challenges and benefits it will have for society in the future.

New director of Institute of Classical Studies appointed

Wednesday 23 June 2021
Institute of Classical Studies
Professor Katherine Harloe has been appointed director of the University of London’s Institute of Classical Studies ( ICS ), the national centre for research in the Classics at the School of Advanced Study, succeeding Professor Greg Woolf. She is currently professor of Classics and intellectual history at the University of Reading, and will take up the role in October 2021.

Humans are ready to take advantage of benevolent AI

Friday 4 June 2021
School of Advanced Study
Image: @cvbe   Picture yourself driving on a narrow road in the near future when suddenly another car emerges from a bend ahead. It is a self-driving car with no passengers inside. Will you push forth and assert your right of way, or give way to let it pass? At present, most of us behave kindly in such situations involving other humans. Will we show that same kindness towards autonomous vehicles? Do we compromise for an AI?