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Historian Professor Jo Fox appointed as the next dean of University of London’s School of Advanced Study

Wednesday 11 November 2020
School of Advanced Study
Professor Jo Fox, director of the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) and acting dean of the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), has been appointed the new dean and chief executive of SAS and pro-vice chancellor for research and public engagement with the University of London. She will take up her new role on 1 December and succeeds Professor Rick Rylance, who retired in September after leading the School for five years.  

Champion for transnational modern languages is new director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research

Tuesday 27 October 2020
Institute of Modern Languages Research
The Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ) at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has announced the appointment of Professor Charles Burdett as its new director. Currently professor of Italian studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University, he will succeed Professor Catherine Davies, who led the institute for more than five years. Professor Burdett will assume the full-time directorship from 15 January 2021. Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex will continue to serve as acting director until this date.

Being Human – where problems find solutions

Tuesday 27 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
Look around. Urban decay appears to have accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t it? It’s certainly more visible with all the empty shops, shuttered businesses and general upkeep that has fallen by the wayside. So the ‘Urban decay and regeneration’ sub-theme of this year’s Being Human festival, the annual celebration of humanities research led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London, has heightened relevance and dynamism. Particularly as problems need solutions – and the humanities can provide the research and tools for regeneration. 

Terry Pratchett events lead lively ‘museums’ theme of Being Human 2020 festival

Tuesday 27 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
The late Sir Terry Pratchett, English humourist, satirist, and author of wildly imaginative fantasy novels built a fiercely loyal following. And they won’t be disappointed by the inclusion of two fascinating events celebrating the popular writer in the 2020 programme  for Being Human, the annual humanities festival led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London (12–22 November). 

The joy of scents – sniffing out Covid-19 at Being Human 2020

Tuesday 27 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
©Swansea University  At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic it took a campaign by activists – many of them humanities researchers – to persuade the Government to accept loss of smell and taste as a symptom of coronavirus. Now it is considered one of the key symptoms.

Everything stops for tea – a Being Human cultural cuppa

Monday 26 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
What could be more inclusive for a Brit than a good old cup of tea? Couple that with a culture snack and you have one of the innovative ‘Being Human cafés’ that go live in November as part the UK’s annual celebration of the humanities. Add a spoonful of sugar and the humanities learning will go down in a most delightful way.

SAS part of consortium awarded £2.8m to create a Future Leaders Fellowships Development Network

Friday 16 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
The University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) is a key partner in the Future Leaders Fellowships ( FLF ) Development Network, which will provide training and development to 210 new fellows and 40 early career researchers and innovators.  The £2.8 million contract was awarded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to a consortium led by the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Academic Development following a competitive tender process. The programme is funded for three years. 

Personal freedom and privacy: the other Covid-19 victims? 

Monday 12 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
A discussion of the personal freedom and privacy issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will kick off a new series of online conversations organised by the School of Advanced Study, University of London.  ‘Freedom, Privacy and the Pandemic’ will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, 27 October, at 6 pm. It is free and open to the public. To register, go to  http:// https://sas.ac.uk/events/event/23274 .

‘Universities must protect academic and student freedoms’, says new campaign

Monday 12 October 2020
Human Rights Consortium
Leading academics have launched a campaign to protect UK academic freedoms, scholars and students in the face of intensifying internationalisation. They say universities should be more accountable to staff and students when it comes to the partnerships they enter into. They have created a  model code of conduct  and are seeking buy-in from the British education community – universities and education institutions as well as Governments and the bodies they work with.

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