Press releases

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The Victoria County History (VCH) project, which publishes historical reference works on English counties and is coordinated by the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of Historical Research, is to get an internationally respected new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.

Forthcoming conference: Legal and Judicial Legacies of Empire

Thursday 5 June 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
The impact of Britain's legal legacy on the countries of the former empire will be analysed and discussed by some of the finest legal brains in the Commonwealth on Tuesday June 17 at Senate House .

Authority on Roman Empire to head Institute of Classical Studies

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Institute of Classical Studies
An authority on the history of the Roman Empire has been appointed Director of the Institute of Classical Studies , one of the member institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Professor Greg Woolf, who is currently Professor of Ancient History at St Andrews University, said he is looking forward to joining the Institute, which is world-renowned for research in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and is home to one of the most important classical studies libraries in the world.

Renowned classical scholar Frédérique Woerther joins School of Advanced Study as Visiting Fellow for 2014

Tuesday 29 April 2014
Warburg Institute
Frédérique Woerther , an international expert in medieval Arabic and classical rhetorical studies, will take up a visiting fellowship at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. Currently a researcher and Bronze Medal award holder at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, the country’s largest government-run research organisation, Dr Woerther will be based at the Warburg Institute during June 2014.

Professor Philip Murphy is appointed Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Thursday 10 April 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
The School of Advanced Study, University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Murphy to a chair in the University and as director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies . Professor Murphy is currently Professor of British and Commonwealth History at the University of Reading, seconded as Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. At Reading he was responsible for establishing one of the UK’s first courses on the intelligence community and British politics.

School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library appoint Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations

Monday 7 April 2014
School of Advanced Study
Elaine Walters has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study and Director of Operations for Senate House Library at the University of London. She will take up the appointment on 1 August 2014. This role, previously responsible for the School of Advanced Study (SAS) only, will now work across both the Senate House Library and School of Advanced Study, providing operational leadership and accountability for the management of administrative services.

Andrew Hussey appointed first Director of new Centre for Postcolonial Studies

Wednesday 2 April 2014
School of Advanced Study
Andrew Hussey has been appointed the first Director of a new Centre for Postcolonial Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study it was announced today. Professor Hussey will also become the School’s first Professor of Cultural History. Professor Hussey is currently Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULiP), a post he has held for eight years. He takes up his new role in September.