Press releases

Refugee Law Initiative’s key role in building research capacity on ‘internal displacement’ in affected countries

Monday 9 September 2019
Refugee Law Initiative
The work of the Refugee Law Initiative ( RLI ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been boosted by two new grants (a total of £210,000) from the Global Challenges Research Fund ( GCRF ) to help build research capacity into the growing problem of internal displacement – people made homeless in their own countries.

Welcome to your digital Ministry of Information

Wednesday 4 September 2019
Institute of English Studies
Researchers at the Institute of English Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, have been giving Britain’s wartime Ministry of Information the historical treatment in the very building where it was once housed, Senate House, in London.

UK’s national festival of the humanities returns with funding announcement

Friday 5 July 2019
School of Advanced Study
Being Human festival 2019: Discoveries & Secrets From trawling for treasures in archives to discovering secret lives and overlooked histories, the annual Being Human festival is back. And it’s on a mission to bring the latest humanities research to life in fun, inspiring and socially relevant ways.  It is the UK’s only national celebration of the humanities, and takes place from 14 to 23 November.

Voyage of discovery for Windrush generation

Tuesday 2 July 2019
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
For many people of Caribbean heritage belonging to the so-called Windrush generation, the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policy created a waking nightmare. The worst affected lost their jobs, homes, liberty and their very right to live in the UK, the place they had every reason to regard as ‘home’.

From ‘vicious and semi criminal’ to the wealthy upper classes – Charles Booth’s Poverty Map of London added to interactive website

Thursday 16 May 2019
Institute of Historical Research
Booth Poverty Map showing the Strand. The dark blue sections south west of Lincoln's Inn Fields were areas of severe poverty   Layers of London, an interactive map-based project at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), has collaborated with the London School of Economics and Political Science ( LSE ) to include The Booth Poverty Map, which records a survey of the socio-economic conditions of the residents of London between 1886 and 1903, as a map layer to be explored online.  

Word for word – celebrating women writers who work across language and culture

Monday 13 May 2019
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Some people have a gift for languages. Watching them dip in and out of other tongues can inspire the monoglots among us. But when it comes to literature and writing in other languages, and translating, the challenges increase, which is why support organisations and networks have been created.

Layers of London releases free education resources to explore your local history

Thursday 14 March 2019
Institute of Historical Research
Layers of London , a map-based history project which allows members of the public to add their own histories, stories and memories about the London they know, has embarked on a new project that will give teachers access to interactive teaching materials, all absolutely free.

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.