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.

IALS to host new Centre for Law and Information Policy

Wednesday 12 November 2014
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) has launched an ambitious plan to boost its research into data law and policy. By creating the new Centre for Law and Information Policy ( CLIP ), IALS will extend its research looking at the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing and dissemination of different types of information. Its official opening is in spring 2015.

University of London pleased with court's decision regarding the Warburg Institute

Thursday 6 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
The University of London can announce that this morning Mrs Justice Proudman formally handed down her judgment on the Warburg case. The University, the Attorney General and some of the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute were involved in a legal dispute over matters relating to the 1944 Trust Deed and what it covers. The Judge has found in favour of the University on almost every point that was of importance to us. In summary, she has confirmed: The University’s ownership of the building that houses the Warburg Institute.

School of Advanced Study launches London hub for UK post-colonial studies

Wednesday 5 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) is building on its role in the international government policy and consultancy arena with the establishment of its new Centre for Post-Colonial Studies (CPCS).  The new venture, which opened on 1 September, is being run by the School's first Professor of Cultural History, Andrew Hussey , an expert in European and North African relations.

The essence of being human - you’ve got to be joking

Monday 3 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
Is laughter a laughing matter? Can jokes tell us something important about who we are, and what it means to be human? From 15 to 23 November, the Being Human festival of the humanities will be exploring precisely these questions.

NZ-UK Link Visiting Fellow Professor Robin Gauld launches his lecture series

Thursday 23 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Is the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) unsustainable? Why haven’t recent rounds of reforms worked? Visiting professor Robin Gauld , from the University of Otago, provided some answers during his first public lecture in London yesterday (22 October). Entitled The current English NHS reforms: what can be learned from NZ?, it is one of four he will present while at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London.