Eminent lawyer and ‘reverspective’ artist awarded honorary doctorates

Sunday 14 December 2014
School of Advanced Study
Key Government lawyer Sir Stephen Laws and acclaimed surrealist painter Patrick Hughes were awarded honorary degrees at the School’s graduation ceremony on 12 December 2014. The former was presented with a Doctorate of Laws honoris causa while the latter received a Doctorate of Science honoris causa . 

School of Advanced Study makes digital history with new appointment

Thursday 11 December 2014
Institute of Historical Research
The School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), University of London has promoted Dr Jane Winters , currently head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), to a personal chair in digital history; her promotion is with immediate effect.

Reading the ruins: School of Advanced Study launches new project

Friday 5 December 2014
School of Advanced Study
While ruins are part of the world around us, we rarely stop to think what significance they have, who might use them and might claim them as their own, or how are they represented in a variety of media, across cultures and over time. A new interdisciplinary research project run by the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), University of London, seeks to provide answers to these questions.

Poets who will not be lost in translation

Friday 5 December 2014
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Writing a good poem can be difficult, and doing it in a second language more so. Yet more than 180 people, including school students, rose to that challenge from the Institute of Modern Languages Research (a member of the School of Advanced Study), the British Museum and the German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD ).

Timely second opinions on immigration and epidemics from New Zealand

Wednesday 26 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
Two debates currently dominating news coverage – infectious diseases and immigration – will be greatly enriched with the arrival from New Zealand of the next two NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professors . Michael Bake r (left), New Zealand’s leading infectious disease epidemiologist, is to be a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor for 2015. He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London from April to July 2015 and will give his inaugural lecture in May.

His middle name was trouble, but did he free a nation? Mandela's legacy

Wednesday 19 November 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Nelson Rolihlahla (Xhosa for 'troublemaker') Mandela has been described as a phenomenon and a global icon. He was also a practical, pragmatic politician. But who was the real Nelson Mandela? Mandela: myth and reality , a conference which will be held at Senate House on 5 December, explores the man behind the myth.

'Being Human' illuminates the humanities at Senate House

Monday 17 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
Thousands of people across the UK flocked to the start of Being Human , the UK’s first national festival of the humanities, which opened on 15 November with a staggering 46 public events. They are just part of a major programme of more than 150 free talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances of music, poetry and comedy running over nine days. 

Digital humanities boost for the School of Advanced Study

Wednesday 12 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
The University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), has appointed its first chair in digital humanities. Professor Lorna Hughes joins SAS from her current post as University of Wales chair in digital collections and will take up her new position on 1 February 2015.