School of Advanced Study makes digital history with new appointment

Thursday 11 December 2014

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London has promoted Dr Jane Winters, currently head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), to a personal chair in digital history; her promotion is with immediate effect.

‘I am delighted to have the opportunity that this role will offer to develop digital history within the IHR and the School of Advanced Study,’ said Dr Winters, who joined the IHR in 1996. ‘Digital research is by its nature collaborative, and I am enormously grateful to colleagues past and present for their support and for everything that I have learned from them. I also very much look forward to working with new colleagues on new projects.’

Dr Winters has been responsible for 15 years for the IHR's publishing and scholarly communications strategy, including leading on a range of research projects focusing on the provision of digital resources for historians. She has been exploring how to transform the way we work with large datasets through groundbreaking projects like the Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities, Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata and Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, she is also executive editor of Historical Research, the IHR's quarterly journal, publishing editor of the Bibliography of British and Irish History and associate editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities: Digital History.

Welcoming the promotion, IHR director, Professor Lawrence Goldman said: ‘Jane has been a pioneer in the development of online resources for historical research and study. At the IHR she has led a team that has enhanced the academic life and scholarly experience of thousands of students and academic staff who now access the databases she has helped to create, on a daily basis. Her contribution to the historical profession is immense and this appointment will be welcomed not only in the IHR and the University of London, but among historians in general.’
‘There are those who think of historians as being stuck in the past, but nothing could be further from the truth,’ said Professor Roger Kain CBE, FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of SAS. ‘Today’s historians have to fully embrace our digital future to reach and extend our community using the most up-to-date techniques and technologies. That is why the promotion of Dr Winters is so welcome and exciting.’

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1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London +44 (0)20 7862 8653 / Maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), founded in 1921, is one of 10 member institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It is home to two important research centres and a major open access library, hosts over 60 seminar series and offers doctoral supervision in a wide range of historical subjects. It has a substantial publishing programme, hosts a number of innovative digital research projects, administers fellowships, runs specialist research training programmes and organises a variety of conferences and workshops each year. www.history.ac.uk

3. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2012-13, SAS: welcomed 743 research fellows and associates; held 2,081 research dissemination events; received 26.4 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 202,891 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. Find out more at www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews.

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