Mapping 1948 Windrush arrivals online for the first time 

Monday 15 June 2020
Institute of Historical Research
© The Institute of Historical Research Layers of London , the website which brings together historic maps and data related to London, is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush by releasing a new map layer showing some of the 1,027 passengers who were on board. 

Layers of London wins Birkbeck public engagement award 

Friday 12 June 2020
Layers of London , a web-based mapping project at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), School of Advanced Study, University of London, has triumphed in the ‘Collaboration’ category of the 2020 Birkbeck Public Engagement Awards. Initiated in 2017 by Birkbeck, University of London, the awards celebrate researchers undertaking exemplary public engagement activities. Layers of London is a huge, multi-partner project with a rather ambitious aim: to map London's history over the past 500 years. 

Print and book historian wins $2,000 Schulman and Bullard prize 

Tuesday 2 June 2020
Institute of English Studies
Dr Elizabeth Savage , senior lecturer in book history and communications at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been awarded the 2020 Schulman and Bullard Article Prize for her essay ‘Identifying Hans Baldung Grien’s Colour Printer, c. 1511–12’. 

Wake up and smell the coffee – if you can’t, better get a Covid-19 test

Monday 18 May 2020
Institute of Philosophy
On Monday, 18 May, the UK finally joined the US, Europe and the World Health Organization by including loss of smell or taste as an officially recognised symptom of Covid-19. This means that those calling NHS 111 with sudden loss of smell will now be told they are likely to have Covid-19, are eligible for a test, and should self-isolate.

School of Advanced Study to build on research into ‘smell and taste loss’ symptom of Covid-19

Friday 15 May 2020
Institute of Philosophy
A massive global survey of Covid-19 patients from around the world, and coordinated in the UK by the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ) at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, provides convincing evidence of the link between Covid-19 and the loss of smell, taste and chemesthesis (the kinds of tingling, burning sensations we get from herbs and spices like horseradish and peppermint).  The findings, to be revealed this month in the journal  Chemical Senses , will have implications for prioritising the limited supply of Covid-19 tests.

Institute of English Studies takes Newcastle’s poetry festival online 

Thursday 14 May 2020
Institute of English Studies
The Institute of English Studies ( IES ) has partnered with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts ( NCLA ) to launch  Inside Writing , a digital poetry festival. It will fill the gap left by the cancellation of the annual Newcastle Poetry Festival due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency. Throughout May, June and July, NCLA will host a series of online digital poetry events over Twitter and Facebook featuring some of today’s most exciting poets. They will perform new work, issue challenges and writing prompts, and discuss how the pandemic has affected their work. 

Covid-19: Threats makes us even more social, and this may be our biggest problem now 

Thursday 23 April 2020
Institute of Philosophy
An interdisciplinary team led by  Professor Ophelia Deroy , associate researcher at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) part of the University of London’s School of Advanced study, offers insights into how people behave in response to threat as countries face the biggest global crisis since World War II.