University of London Board of Trustees approves future size and shape of the School of Advanced Study

Thursday 29 January 2015

Institute of English Studies reprieved; Institute of Musical Research to move.

On 28 January 2015, the University of London’s Board of Trustees reviewed advice from the School of Advanced Study’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAS-SAG) on the future of the Institute of English Studies (IES) and Institute of Musical Research (IMR) and considered recommendations based on that advice from the Board of SAS and the University’s Collegiate Council.  The SAS-SAG’s advice to the University was informed by the outcomes of a consultation with stakeholders undertaken last autumn and work on financial issues within SAS.  Sustainability of the School in its current configuration had been compromised by an unexpected reduction to the School’s Special Funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England which took effect in 2014-15 after a number of years of below inflation funding.

The IES is to continue but with a required remit to broaden the Institute’s geographical reach, the scope of its academic activities to include a wider range of modern English language and literature studies, and to generate external funding. 

It is with reluctance that the Board decided that IMR should not continue as a SAS institute but much welcomes Royal Holloway, University of London’s offer to continue the brand of IMR by bringing it either solely to RHUL Music or jointly with other music departments in order to run a seminar series which will allow, through affiliation with SAS, for continued national research leadership.  Discussions with Royal Holloway will proceed immediately.

An extract from the unconfirmed minutes of the SAS-SAG held on 11 December 2014 recording the Group’s discussion and its advice can be accessed by clicking here.

For further information please contact Kyla Njoku at the University of London at kyla.njoku@london.ac.uk / 020 7862 8014 / 07795 240 585.