Press releases

Being Human: honesty, respect and tolerance

Wednesday 1 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
What exactly are the qualities that make us human? According to respondents in a recent survey, the most highly prized qualities are honesty, respect and tolerance.

UK's first national humanities festival unveils a rich programme of events

Monday 8 September 2014
School of Advanced Study
More than 100 free-to-attend events in over 60 venues nationwide Forget the eponymous TV programme featuring fanciful adventures of vampires, ghosts and werewolves, Being Human is a powerful nine-day festival highlighting the richness and vitality of humanities research to actively engage members of the public. With less than three months to go – the festival runs 15-23 November – the full programme has been published online today.

Forthcoming lecture: Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War

Wednesday 3 September 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
When Britain entered the First World War a century ago, was it fighting for British values and the rights of small nations? Or its right to run an empire? These are two of the questions eminent historian Sir Hew Strachan will address in his keynote lecture ‘Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War’, on Thursday 16 October at Senate House.

‘Undesirable and unreturnable’ – the migrants states can’t handle

Monday 21 July 2014
Human Rights Consortium
High-profile legal cases reveal governments tying themselves into legal knots trying to get rid of asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality. Now an ambitious new international project based at the School of Advanced Study’s Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) research centre, is attempting to unravel these knots to create new policy that simultaneously upholds countries’ criminal laws and the human rights of migrants.

First ever distance learning masters in refugee studies launched

Tuesday 1 July 2014
Human Rights Consortium
The Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) research centre at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study is pioneering a distance learning course on refugee and migration studies to play its part in addressing the problems caused by the escalating global refugee crisis. The new MA degree course, Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies , which begins in October 2014, will enable students to think constructively about related policy and law and also develop policy recommendations.

Keep calm and learn the secret history of wartime slogans

Friday 27 June 2014
Institute of English Studies
It’s hard to believe that a wartime slogan from 1939, which was never seen by the public, has been popularised 75 years later and is being used to sell everything from mugs to flight bags and baby clothes. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was one of three key messages created by Britain’s wartime propaganda department, the Ministry of Information, made famous as the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel, 1984.

Renowned rural historian to head the Victoria County History project at the Institute of Historical Research

Tuesday 17 June 2014
Institute of Historical Research
The Victoria County History (VCH) project, which publishes historical reference works on English counties and is coordinated by the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of Historical Research, is to get an internationally respected new Director and General Editor. Part of the University of London, the VCH welcomes the appointment of Richard Hoyle, currently Professor of Rural History at the University of Reading. He takes up his position on 1 October as Professor of English Local and Regional History.

Professor Colin Blakemore receives knighthood

Monday 16 June 2014
Institute of Philosophy
Renowned neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday honours for his groundbreaking research in vision and the development of the brain, and for his contribution to scientific policy and outreach. Currently director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London's School of Advanced Study, Professor Blakemore is widely known for his forthright views on the need for scientists to talk openly about the risks and potential benefits of medical research.