The Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Studies currently comprises 21 research institutes (full list of members) based within universities in Great Britain and Ireland. It is affiliated to the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.

CIAS and its member institutes take an active role in promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research at doctoral level and beyond, and offer an organisational structure and programme to foster these aims. Members are committed to enhancing public understanding of academic activity.


To see the list of members, affiliates and administrators, click here.


ECHIC Conference

Structure and Quality of Life

2018 Annual Durham IAS London Debate

Register now to attend the Annual Durham IAS London Debate on Thursday 24 May 2018 at the ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, One Moorgate Place, in central London.

Panellists include: Bill Bryson OBE; Prof Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick); Prof Brett Smith (Birmingham); and Prof David Hunter (Newcastle).

Early registration for this high profile event is strongly recommended via  Further details are available at:

CIAS meeting

The next meeting of CIAS will be announced in due course.


Aims and Remit


CIAS aims to enhance visibility of research institutes and their contributions within universities, in the UK and Irish HE communities more generally, and internationally. It aims to participate actively as an expert body in the formation of government and research council research policies.

The aims are:

(i) enhanced visibility of such research institutes and their contributions within universities, in the UK and Irish HE communities more generally, and internationally;

(ii) active participation as expert bodies in the formation of government and research council research policies.


i) promoting disciplinary innovation, building research capacity across disciplinary boundaries, and encouraging creative collaborative activities of a multi-, inter-, or post-disciplinary kind;

(ii) promoting national and international visibility of the best current research in UK and Irish HEIs;

(iii) taking a lead in collaboration between humanities, social and natural sciences including medicine and technology, institutionally and at national level;

(iv) acting as a national reference group in development of future policy regarding research across these areas;

(v) effective networking and lobbying on shared matters of concern;

(vi) development of proposals for collaborative and team research projects within institutions and between Institutes;

(vii) collaboration between Institutes in relation to visiting fellows, seminars, conferences, and shared research themes (pursuit of joint bids for funding);

(viii) sharing of resources and expertise publicising conferences, seminars and workshops across the group.



Member institutes hosting visiting fellows are welcome to share information on their visiting fellows for 2015-16 and collaboration on events or speaking engagements between institutes is encouraged. Please contact the named co-ordinator:

  • University College Dublin – two visiting fellows this year, Jewel Spangler (History, University of Calgary) and Marguerite Helmers (English, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh).
  • Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute – current Fellow Dr Emma Cheatle (based at the School of Architecture). Her proposed postdoctoral research project is on architecture and the rise of gynaecology
  • Trinity College Dublin's Arts and Humanities Research Institute, the Trinity Long Room Hub, will launch a new visiting research fellowship programme co-funded by the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions from 2017 to 2020.  Offering successful applicants a 12 month salaried fellowship in Trinity College Dublin. The main stipulation is that applicants are required to develop a research proposal aligned to one of Trinity's five arts and humanities led research themes.