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:// .

‘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.

Professor Rick Rylance steps down as dean of School of Advanced Study

Tuesday 22 September 2020
After three years at the helm of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Professor Rick Rylance has decided to step down as dean and retire at the end of September. In a message to the School’s staff, he thanked everyone for their support. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with you as dean and before that as director of the Institute of English Studies,” he wrote. “It has been creative, rewarding, and above all special, as SAS is. As ever this is mainly due to the quality of the people among whom one works.”

Mapping out London’s shame – the slave owners 

Thursday 27 August 2020
Institute of Historical Research
The Layers of London website , which peels back the capital’s story with maps and local data to enrich public understanding of the past, has released a new map revealing the slave owners of 19th-century London .