Press releases

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?

Heroes or villains: can historians decide?  

Wednesday 25 July 2018
Institute of Historical Research
How far should history be re-written in accordance with changing values? Should we apologise for historical wrongs? These are two of the issues examined by a new book written by some of the UK’s leading historians.

SAS academic to investigate the impacts of fracking

Tuesday 26 June 2018
Dr Damien Short, director of the Human Rights Consortium ( HRC ) at the School of Advanced Study, is part of an ambitious research project that will investigate the facts behind a controversial issue – fracking (hydraulic fracturing). The project will examine the environmental and socio-economic impacts of this gas extraction process in the UK.

The Warburg Institute and German partners receive €6.3 million grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Thursday 21 June 2018
Warburg Institute
Project will study the migration of images, objects, texts and ideas Since 2013, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF ) has funded the international research project ' Bilderfahrzeuge – Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology ', which is dedicated to art historical and cultural historical research.

David Docherty named Honorary Fellow

Monday 19 March 2018
School of Advanced Study
Dr David Docherty OBE, chief executive officer of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and chair of the Digital Television Group, has been named an Honorary Fellow of the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. He will join the School in May for a term of five years.

Changing the world changes us: Self-Impressions at Tate shows how

Wednesday 14 March 2018
Institute of Philosophy
How do we see ourselves in the eyes of others? From our pictures posted on social media, to expectations about how others will judge or understand us, we constantly learn about ourselves through the effects we have on our surroundings. This is the topic explored at a unique public engagement event at the new Blavatnik building at Tate Modern, 24–25 March.

Canadian judge brings artificial intelligence insights to School of Advanced Study

Thursday 8 February 2018
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Justice David Masuhara, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, joins the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) this month as its 2017–18 Inns of Court Fellow. During his tenure at the institute, a member of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, he will focus on the advances in artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of the judiciary and the judicial function.

Clare A Lees named new director of the Institute of English Studies

Wednesday 10 January 2018
Institute of English Studies
Clare A Lees, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English at King’s College London, has been appointed Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with effect from 1 September 2018. She will be the first female Director of the IES.

School of Advanced Study project wins Times Higher Education Award

Thursday 30 November 2017
Refugee Law Initiative
Dr David James Cantor (centre) collect Times Higher Education award for his 'Pushing the boundaries' project ‘Pushing the boundaries’, an ambitious research initiative led by Dr David James Cantor at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has won the Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences award in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. The winners were announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 November.