Press releases

New report on secret sources: protecting journalistic sources and whistleblowers in a digital age

Thursday 23 February 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Whistleblowers are under attack by those they report on and confidential sources are increasingly compromised by state surveillance. A new report launched today – ‘ Protecting sources and whistleblowers in a digital age ’  aims to address these issues and makes ten recommendations for policymakers, lawmakers, news organisations, researchers and NGOs on how to protect the people who provide journalists with valuable information.

‘Ich bin ein Migrant’ – meet our star student writers and authors

Thursday 16 February 2017
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Two award-winning authors – Anja Tuckermann and Ulrike Ulrich – will take part in a special celebration for the winners of this year’s German writing competition organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. And you are invited too. Submissions had come from a range of learners and from all walks of life for the third annual writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German, a joint development by IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

International events launch Legal Translation hub at the School of Advanced Study

Monday 30 January 2017
School of Advanced Study
An array of activities in the next few days will launch the Legal Translation hub – a cross-institute initiative by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study. The hub will host regular events such as seminars and discussion panels, and an annual Legal Translation Day. A dedicated library section has been established within the IALS library.

IALS Information Law and Policy Centre welcomes new director

Wednesday 25 January 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Dr Nora Ni Loideain (left), a scholar in governance, human rights and technology, has been appointed director of the Information Law and Policy Centre ( ILPC ) at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), one of nine research institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Currently a postdoctoral research associate for the technology and democracy project at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Dr Ni Loideain takes up her new role at IALS in May

Warburg Institute to establish world’s first chair in history of art, science and folk practice

Thursday 19 January 2017
Warburg Institute
The Warburg Institute has been awarded $530,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a chair in the history of art, science and folk practice and an associated post-doctoral research position. The new professorship will be critical in restoring, developing and elaborating the theoretical, cultural historical and anthropological implications of the work of Aby Warburg, the founder of the institute. It will inspire the kinds of cross-disciplinary work that will help revitalise the possibilities of research in the humanities.

SAS refugee expert made senior adviser to United Nations

Tuesday 10 January 2017
Refugee Law Initiative
Director and founder of the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study Dr David James Cantor (left) has been appointed senior adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He will work part-time with the UNHCR’s Americas bureau from November 2016.

SAS breaks new ground with Humanities Digital Library

Tuesday 3 January 2017
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) will take a bold further step into the field of digital humanities with the launch of its new open-access scholarly books platform on 17 January 2017. Called the  Humanities Digital Library , it is an initiative of SAS and the University of London, and is led by two of the School’s research centres — the Institutes of Historical Research (IHR) and Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). Once live, the website will be available at

Odes to change: Senate House Library’s ‘Radical Voices’ season

Tuesday 13 December 2016
Senate House Library
Tucked away at the very top of its iconic Bloomsbury home, the Senate House Library is something of a hidden treasure. And its wealth of original research bears witness to revolutions across the disciplines, from medicine to politics. In early 2017, the library will launch its unique celebration of the individuals and groups who raised their voices to argue for social and political reform. ‘Radical Voices’, an exhibition supported by a wide variety of events, will amplify those voices throughout the library, the School of Advanced study and the University of London.

VCH project widens expertise with new editor

Monday 12 December 2016
Institute of Historical Research
The Victoria County History ( VCH ) project has just appointed a new editor, Professor Angus Winchester (left) from Lancaster University. Brush any ‘waxed jackets’ notions of county aside because this august body publishes historical reference works on English counties – it has a long and illustrious history of its own – and is coordinated by the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ).  

Eminent South African scholar joins SAS as its fourth Emeka Anyaoku chair

Tuesday 29 November 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Leading South African intellectual Professor Xolela Mangcu, has been appointed as the School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) Emeka Anyaoku Chair in Commonwealth Studies. Described as ‘possibly the most prolific public intellectual in South Africa’ by The Sunday Times , he is professor of sociology at the University of Cape Town, and the 2016 Harry Oppenheimer Hutchins Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He will be based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) and arrives in January 2017.