Press releases

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.

National Gallery director set to receive honorary doctorate from School of Advanced Study

Wednesday 8 July 2015
School of Advanced Study
Dr Nicholas Penny, renowned art historian and outgoing director of London’s National Gallery, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of London at the School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) degree ceremony on 11 December.  Recently awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list, his Doctor of Literature honoris causa is in recognition of outstanding support of The Warburg Institute , particularly its very successful MA in art history, curatorship and renaissance culture [run in collaboration with the National Gallery].

Rick Rylance appointed director of the Institute of English Studies

Wednesday 20 May 2015
Institute of English Studies
The University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rick Rylance as director of the Institute of English Studies ( IES ). He will take up his appointment in the autumn.

Soup’s on: a taste of the future

Tuesday 19 May 2015
Human Rights Consortium
Want to see what’s cooking among emerging human rights researchers? All will be revealed at Research SOUP , a novel human rights competition at the School of Advanced Study’s Senate House headquarters on 3 June (6.30–8.00pm).   Organised by the School’s Human Rights Consortium ( HRC ) and the Human Rights Researchers Network, it’s a simple concept. People turn up, pay £5 at the door, and listen to five postgraduate students pitch ideas for their human rights research project.