Clare A Lees named new director of the Institute of English Studies

Wednesday 10 January 2018
Institute of English Studies
Clare A Lees, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English at King’s College London, has been appointed Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with effect from 1 September 2018. She will be the first female Director of the IES.

Sir Alan Wilson receives honorary degree from School of Advanced Study

Thursday 14 December 2017
School of Advanced Study
Sir Alan Wilson (centre) chief executive of The Alan Turing Institute, professor of urban and regional systems at University College London and chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council, was awarded a Doctor of Literature honoris causa at the School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) graduation ceremony on 8 December. The honour acknowledges Sir Alan’s outstanding contributions to higher education in a career spanning more than 50 years, during which he built up a reputation for solving complicated problems.

School of Advanced Study project wins Times Higher Education Award

Thursday 30 November 2017
Refugee Law Initiative
Dr David James Cantor (centre) collect Times Higher Education award for his 'Pushing the boundaries' project ‘Pushing the boundaries’, an ambitious research initiative led by Dr David James Cantor at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has won the Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences award in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. The winners were announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 November.

The world’s most at-risk digital materials identified

Thursday 30 November 2017
School of Advanced Study
A ‘Bit List’ of the world’s endangered digital species has been unveiled for the first time today (30 November) as part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the need to preserve digital materials. Co-ordinated and published by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Bit List draws parallels with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and identifies a number of data, software and storage types which, if appropriate action is not taken, could become ‘practically extinct.’

Science unites cultures

Monday 20 November 2017
School of Advanced Study
Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience and philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, is one of a group of leading scientists, including 29 Nobel Laureates, who have launched a new initiative, ‘The Science Bridge’, aimed at building a better world through science. The initiative’s first goal is to establish intercultural research collaborations to accelerate basic scientific discovery and to advance the treatment of disease. The second aim is to improve relations between diverse world cultures, with the current project focusing on Western and Middle-Eastern/South-Asian countries.

Grant for SAS books expert to research art collections of Industrial Revolution’s nouveau riche

Thursday 16 November 2017
Institute of English Studies
  Hart Collection, Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli, Dala’il al-khayrat (Guide to Goodness), 18thc, Persia, ink on paper, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery Dr Cynthia Johnston , Institute of English Studies’ MA course tutor and lecturer in the History of the Book, has been awarded a curatorial research grant of £10,000 from the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences honour for IES fellows

Thursday 16 November 2017
Institute of English Studies
Professor Sir Brian Vickers, distinguished senior fellow at the School of Advanced Study and senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies (IES), who was elected as an American Academy of Arts and Sciences international honorary member in 2007, was admitted at this year's induction ceremony. Other IES senior research fellows to have received this honour are Professor Isobel Armstrong (elected 2014), and Professor John Haffenden (elected 2017).

Facebook policy director to join academics, regulators and industry representatives at children’s digital rights forum

Friday 10 November 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
‘Unless and until governments - ours and others - stop giving tech a free pass, we will have a situation where the needs of multinational corporations are given precedent over the needs of children.’ That’s the stark warning from leading children's rights campaigner and filmmaker  Baroness Beeban Kidron (left). She will be speaking at the Information Law and Policy Centre’s ( ILPC) Annual Conference 2017 – Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards – at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London next week (17 November).

Cardboard chronicles — writing the homeless into history

Wednesday 1 November 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The scourge of homelessness and rough sleeping have been around for centuries, yet the stories of people who lack access to housing, sustenance or security are largely missing from the history books. On 22 November, theatre company Cardboard Citizens, in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will challenge researchers, activists, actors and artists to answer the question, ‘How can we find ways to listen to the voices of those who lack access to housing, sustenance or security?’