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. 

Second £500 PhD research prize goes to Warburg

Friday 20 March 2020
Warburg Institute
The winner of the 2020 School of Advanced Study (SAS) PhD Research Seminar Series Prize is Lydia Goodson, a research student with the Warburg Institute. It is the second year running that a Warburg student has taken the honours. Announced by the co-convenors of the award scheme, Dr Sue Onslow, deputy director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), and Naomi Wells of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), it carries a £500 prize. Lydia Goodson earned it for her presentation: Painted Performance: Art and Theatre in an Umbrian Confraternity.

Reach for the sky: public invited to create a post-war aerial view of London

Thursday 20 February 2020
Institute of Historical Research
Layers of London , a website bringing together the historic maps of London, is calling on Londoners to lend a hand to piece together aerial photographs of the capital taken by the Royal Air Force after World War II. The outcome is to create a single aerial image that has never been seen before.

‘This is your history too!’ How the Caribbean helped to decolonise ‘Mother Country’ Britain

Wednesday 12 February 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Bronze Woman Statue, Stockwell, London by Cecile Nobrega     In a week when the deportation of Jamaicans from the UK has re-ignited the controversy of the Windrush scandal, a new book, Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond , published by the University of London Press at the School of Advanced Study, offers some context.