We are the UK’s National Centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the Humanities. Through our eight institutes and our specialist hubs for digital humanities and public engagement, we aim to contribute to training the next generation of humanities researchers; devise innovative methods for new discoveries; connect humanities researchers and practitioners across disciplines and sectors, and provide a unique humanities research infrastructure. 

We intend to provide resources and opportunities for humanities researchers regardless of stage of career.  Create training and networking (link here to research training pages) opportunities to ensure that the emerging generation of researchers are as fully equipped as possible with the skills necessary for the new worlds of research and work.  Offer Future Leaders Fellowship training; disciplinary and interdisciplinary fellowship schemes (link to fellowships pages) ; our networks, seminars and events programmes (link to events pages) and portfolio of study options will assist you regardless of stage of career.

We aim to develop new ways to connect humanities researchers across disciplines, universities, research organisations and sectors in ways that benefit culture, society and the economy and encourage new forms of knowledge.

We will develop fresh and experimental humanities-based approaches to disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and extend access to the benefits of advanced work in the humanities (link to projects and initiatives).

We will contribute to the further development of the national infrastructure for Humanities through the development of our unique resources and capabilities to enable new methods and support the growth of ideas.  We will develop our world-class specialist libraries (link to libraries) and bibliographic resources to support advanced humanities research.

Libraries: The School, in collaboration with Senate House Library, manages some of the world's most important library collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. More than 100,000 registered readers from more than 200 countries access the services of the eight collaborating libraries each year. Their combined holdings amount to nearly three million volumes and twelve miles of open shelf access, providing a range of material unmatched anywhere in the world in relation to their specialist subject areas. 

Digital resources: The School and its institutes also create and manage a wide range of digital resources to support, develop and promote the research. 

Networks and collaborations: The School fosters strong research networks within and across disciplines to provide opportunities to develop new research initiatives, collaborations in preparing funding bids, and promotion and dissemination of high-quality research nationally and internationally. The School is an active member of the Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Study, University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study, the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres, and the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes.

Events: The School’s extensive programme of seminars, lectures, and conferences feature the world’s leading scholars and thinkers, offering our national subject communities opportunities to disseminate their research to the widest possible audience. Each year more than 2,100 events are attended by more than 66,000 participants from around the world.

Fellowships: The School lies at the heart of a global research community, acting both as a national hub for advanced research into the humanities and social sciences and an international meeting point and research resource for scholars from all over the world. Each year the School welcomes around 100 visiting research fellows who benefit from its unique resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community. In addition to visiting fellowship programmes, the School awards professorial, honorary and senior research fellowships.