Press releases

School of Advanced Study launches London hub for UK post-colonial studies

Wednesday 5 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) is building on its role in the international government policy and consultancy arena with the establishment of its new Centre for Post-Colonial Studies (CPCS).  The new venture, which opened on 1 September, is being run by the School's first Professor of Cultural History, Andrew Hussey , an expert in European and North African relations.

The essence of being human - you’ve got to be joking

Monday 3 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
Is laughter a laughing matter? Can jokes tell us something important about who we are, and what it means to be human? From 15 to 23 November, the Being Human festival of the humanities will be exploring precisely these questions.

NZ-UK Link Visiting Fellow Professor Robin Gauld launches his lecture series

Thursday 23 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Is the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) unsustainable? Why haven’t recent rounds of reforms worked? Visiting professor Robin Gauld , from the University of Otago, provided some answers during his first public lecture in London yesterday (22 October). Entitled The current English NHS reforms: what can be learned from NZ?, it is one of four he will present while at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London.

Institute of English Studies Fellow wins Ben Jonson literary prize

Wednesday 22 October 2014
Institute of English Studies
Professor Brian Vickers , FBA, ( IES senior research fellow) has won the 2014 Beverley Rogers Literary Award for an article on 17th-century playwright, Ben Jonson. This annual prize is given to the writer of the best essay in each year’s volume of the Ben Jonson Journal, a twice-a-year review devoted to the study of the playwright and ‘the culture in which his manifold literary efforts thrived’.

Making Sense of the Data Deluge - Being Human

Monday 20 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
In a digital world, are we drowning in data? ‘Too Much Information’, one of the activities in the forthcoming Being Human festival of humanities, is set to take a fresh look at what it is to be human in times of extraordinary technological change.

Prepare to be astonished: Being Human, the UK’s first nationwide festival of the humanities, opens its doors

Wednesday 15 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Where can you find novelist, psychogeographer and ‘modern flâneur’ Will Self on the same bill as Al Murray, the nation’s most famous pub landlord, alongside some of the leading researchers from the humanities? Welcome, to Being Human , the UK’s first-ever national festival of the humanities, a nine-day event which will also feature an impressive roster of academic heavyweights including AI (artificial intelligence) expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt, poet Simon Armitage and renowned neuroscientist Sir Colin Blakemore.

Expert on world health systems announces programme of public events

Monday 13 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Healthcare systems expert, Robin Gauld, takes up his new role in London as the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor this month. He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London for 12 weeks from 1 October.

Hungry for memories? Being Human serves a rich platter of insights

Wednesday 8 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Scan the TV schedules for cooking shows, Google the word ‘recipes’ (4.5 million hits) and you’ll notice we’ve become a nation of gastro enthusiasts. But what if you want to do more than pickle your pancetta? Being Human , the forthcoming national festival of the humanities organised by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), will reveal that food is not just sustenance.

University of London awards the inaugural Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize

Monday 6 October 2014
Institute of English Studies
The first Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Hazel Wilkinson, a PhD student in English Literature at University College London, for her collection ‘ The everyday canon from Tonson to Penguin ’. A runner’s up prize was also awarded to Kayleigh Betterton, an MA student at Birkbeck, for a collection of Oscar Wilde material.