Humanities festival gets £20,000 funding boost for Glasgow ‘hub’

Monday 29 March 2021
School of Advanced Study
Richard Brew /   Being Human, the annual UK-wide humanities festival led by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has announced a £20,000 cash injection by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The special grant will support a Glasgow-based festival hub focusing on public engagement with climate change and the environmental humanities. It will be part of Being Human 2021 which runs from 11 to 20 November with the theme ‘renewal’.

How Covid-19 can make kissing a curse

Friday 26 March 2021
Institute of Philosophy
Most of us know one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 is the temporary loss of the sense of taste and smell (anosmia) with two-thirds of sufferers reporting experiencing it. But two in five report that six months after the infection they still suffer from anosmia, or reduced sense of smell (hyposmia). Worse, one in five of these long-term cases describe familiar and usually pleasant smells such as coffee or frying onions smelling like vomit or sewage (parosmia). And for some these awful smells can linger for most of the day.

Compliance with pandemic restrictions: the important influence of social circles

Friday 22 January 2021
National and world leaders continually appeal to ‘individual responsibility’ to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Could it be that politicians have been sharing the wrong message? New global research has found that people follow their friends more than their own principles when it comes to compliance with pandemic restrictions.

Rifkind committee on Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Monday 11 January 2021
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Committee to conduct an inquiry into the future of Commonwealth studies at the University of London.  The creation of the committee, chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former UK foreign secretary, was announced in late 2020 following consultation about the future of the  Institute of Commonwealth Studies  at the university’s School of Advanced Study. The full membership of the committee is  Sir Malcolm Rifkind (chair), former UK secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs

School of Advanced Study to boost commitment to digital humanities

Friday 11 December 2020
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London is to establish a new Centre for Interdisciplinary Digital Humanities. This follows a staff consultation on proposals for the future of the School, which currently comprises nine separate research institutes and a central administration. The proposals centred on the School’s ambition to become a national centre for the humanities by drawing on the research, special collections, and networks of its institutes. The proposals would also ensure the financial sustainability of the School.

Award winning MA collaboration with UN Refugee Agency

Thursday 10 December 2020
Refugee Law Initiative
The University of London (UoL) has signed an agreement with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that allows eligible UNHCR employees and affiliates to obtain a 10 per cent bursary for its MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, with academic direction by the School of Advanced Study.

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.