SAS in the media

Professor Barry Smith is 'supertaster' on BBC 1's MasterChef

Thursday 16 April 2015
Institute of Philosophy
The semi-finalists on MasterChef, BBC 1’s popular reality cooking show, faced a stern challenge on 15 April. They had to prepare an imaginative tasting menu that would impress five flavour experts, who included Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ).

What does it mean to be me?

Tuesday 14 April 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), has been unpicking the question, ‘What does it mean to be me?’ for one of the programmes in the BBC Radio 4 series, A history of ideas . In Descartes and Consciousness, he examines, with the help of his neuroscientist colleague, Professor Chris Frith, what provides us with the unique access to our inner lives that sustains our sense of self. Listen to 'What does it mean to be me'

Can you smell when it is going to rain?

Thursday 9 April 2015
Institute of Philosophy
In short piece in the Mail newspaper Professor Barry Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CENSES ), says it is possible to smell when it is going to rain. He explains that air pressure falls and humidity increases when it is about to rain, and our noses act like a barometer, picking up these subtle changes in the air. ‘Humidity makes smells more intense.

Lyon after Charlie Hebdo

Thursday 9 April 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies 

A nation divided

Tuesday 31 March 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies      

Politics and the Prince

Friday 27 March 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
After a decade long battle fought by the Guardian newspaper, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that secret letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers can be published. Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) and professor of British history, has written an analytical piece for The Conversation on the culmination of what has been a very lengthy and expensive legal process (nearly £275,000).

Venezuela: a toxic brand used to tar political opponents

Wednesday 25 March 2015
Institute of Latin American Studies
Dr Asa Cusack , research fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS) , has written a feature for the Huffington Post. In ‘Spain's Podemos just latest victim of toxic Venezuela monster!’, Dr Cusack discusses the latest tactic Spain’s traditional parties are using to try and halt the remarkable rise of Podemos, the left-wing political party founded in 2014 by a former university lecturer. Dr Cusask says Venezuela has become such a toxic brand that it can be used to tar political opponents everywhere.

French prisons: key recruiting ground for Islamist extremists

Tuesday 24 March 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies ( CPCS ), has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, commenting on claims that French prisons, which have come under the spotlight in the past two months, are key recruiting grounds for Islamist extremists. Half of all inmates in France are thought to be Muslim and the government is now pushing forward with a series of measures designed to counter radicalism.

Professor Philip Murphy comments on the Queen's commitment to the Commonwealth

Wednesday 11 March 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), has been quoted in a Times article about the Queen’s decision to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta later this year after missing the 2013 summit in Sri Lanka.

Director of LAHP Professor Clare Lees discusses Beowulf on Radio 4

Monday 9 March 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Clare Lees, Director of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (the AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership which brings together the School of Advanced Study , University College London and King's, London), recently discussed 'Beowulf', on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time programme. Composed in the early Middle Ages by an anonymous poet, the work is considered one of the masterpieces of Anglo-Saxon literature. Professor Lees was joined by fellow academics from the University of Oxford. Listen to the podcast

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