Press releases

Professor Robin Gauld, healthcare systems expert, to take up NZ-UK Link Foundation visiting professorship

Wednesday 26 March 2014
School of Advanced Study
Robin Gauld , Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor . He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, from September to December, and will give his inaugural lecture in October. When accepting the appointment, Professor Gauld, who was educated at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Hong Kong, said he was ‘deeply honoured and delighted to have been awarded the Visiting Professorship’.

What Does Your Sense of Smell Mean to You?

Thursday 6 March 2014
Institute of Philosophy
Find out at the launch of Fifth Sense on Saturday March 15th 2014 Next time you tuck into a fragrant curry, sip a cup of coffee or glass of your favourite wine, or inhale a seductive perfume, consider the many amongst us who have lost their sense of smell and taste to disorders such as anosmia, the loss of the sense of smell.

Institute of Philosophy debate offers food for thought

Wednesday 19 February 2014
Institute of Philosophy
The relationship between food and philosophy will be explored at an event to be held at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London this week (February 21). Virtues of the Table: An Evening Discussion on Ethical issues raised by Food Choices is organised by the Institute of Philosophy (IP) and brings together Julian Baggini, a leading philosopher, writer and ‘conscientious omnivore’, Ben Reade, research chef and head of Copenhagen’s Nordic Food Lab (NFL), and Naomi Sykes, an archaeologist and husbandry expert.

Funding boost for SAS research in 'Big Data' transformation

Wednesday 12 February 2014
School of Advanced Study
Three innovative research projects supported by member institutes of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, which will transform how we work with large datasets, have received a significant boost thanks to Big Data funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). One of the grants supports Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities ( BUDDAH ), led by Dr Jane Winters, reader in digital humanities at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), in partnership with the British Library, and the Oxford Internet Institute.

Landscape and culture: School of Advanced Study launches new course in garden history

Tuesday 28 January 2014
Institute of Historical Research
The School of Advanced Study, University of London is to introduce a new MA degree course, Garden and Landscape History , for historians of gardens and landscape architecture, archaeologists, architects and landscape gardeners. The course – only the second such MA offered by any UK university – will begin in October 2014.

UK’s first national festival dedicated to the humanities is announced

Thursday 23 January 2014
School of Advanced Study
Being Human, the UK’s first national festival dedicated to demonstrating the value, vitality and relevance of humanities research, has been officially launched today (23 January 2014). Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London – in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy – the festival will explore what it means to be human over nine days from 15 to 23 November 2014.

IHR project wins ‘big data’ funding to help historians access 200 years’ worth of international parliamentary proceedings

Wednesday 22 January 2014
Institute of Historical Research
Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data , a collaborative research project involving the Institute of Historical Research, a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has won a share of more than £3m worth of grant funding. It is one of 14 projects to win a grant award in the third round of the Digging into Data Award, an international competition that challenges organisations to develop new ways of handling ‘big data’ in humanities and social science research.

Colin Blakemore throws light on 17th century masterpiece in BAFTA-nominated film

Wednesday 15 January 2014
Institute of Philosophy
Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy and director of the Institute of Philosophy 's Centre for the Study of the Senses in the School of Advanced Study, is among nominees at the 2014 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs). He is part of the team responsible for the production of Tim’s Vermeer , one of five films shortlisted in the documentary category of these prestigious awards.