Press releases

From dub poetry to women at war – the art of being human

Thursday 5 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
The UK’s only national festival of the humanities will highlight the vitality of this broad field with contributions from the father of reggae poetry, best-selling novelists and urban explorers, each of whom will focus on the art of being human.

What the digital Dickens! The science and technology of being human

Monday 2 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
Whether you Facebook or tweet - or not - technology has seeped into virtually every aspect of our lives. This year’s Being Human festival of the humanities takes a closer look at how academic research contributes to our understanding of the science and technology of being human. 

Power relations – the politics of being human

Monday 2 November 2015
School of Advanced Study
Humanitarians, authors, satirists and poets will join the UK’s only national festival of the humanities this November to highlight the astonishing breadth and depth of the UK's academic research communities through a focus on the politics of being human.

Unique oral history project sheds unprecedented new light on the story of the Commonwealth

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Is the Commonwealth just an obsolete relic of the British Empire? There is a widespread view that if the organisation is to survive for much longer, it urgently needs a major programme of reform and rejuvenation. But has it ever actually performed a useful purpose? This is the overarching question which a ground-breaking new study seeks to answer.

Universities and counter-terrorism: what does ‘Prevent’ mean for higher education?

Monday 12 October 2015
School of Advanced Study
Former business secretary the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, and leading academics and higher education professionals will gather in London on 27 October to consider what a new obligation for universities and colleges to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, means for higher education as well as wider society.

Being Human festival launches 2015 programme

Wednesday 23 September 2015
School of Advanced Study
More than 260 free events showcased in new brochure What does it mean to be human, and how does the latest humanities research add to our understanding? Find out at the UK's 2015 Being Human festival, with more than 260 public activities – a 60 percent increase on 2014 – led by some 60 universities and cultural organisations.

Malaysian Inns of Court Fellow considers fundamental liberties in multi-religious societies

Monday 21 September 2015
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Mr Justice Azahar bin Mohamed, a Malaysian federal court judge, has become the first from his country to be offered an Inns of Court Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ), a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. His tenure runs from 9 October to 31 December.

HEFCE Catalyst funding will stimulate research on the human mind

Tuesday 28 July 2015
Institute of Philosophy
The Human Mind Project, hosted by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), has received a significant boost from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), to help move it on from its pilot phase. A substantial grant from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund will enable the Project’s team to fulfil its objective of promoting a highly innovative approach to the study of the mind across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

Sarah Churchwell to lead public engagement at School of Advanced Study

Tuesday 14 July 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell, author, literary prize judge, journalist and one of the UK’s most prominent academics, is to be the University of London’s School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) first chair in public understanding of the humanities. She will take up her post in October. Professor Churchwell, who received her BA from Vassar College and MA and PhD from Princeton University, will work with colleagues in SAS and beyond to develop new initiatives to build and enhance the public profile of UK humanities research.