Press releases

SAS part of consortium awarded £2.8m to create a Future Leaders Fellowships Development Network

Friday 16 October 2020
School of Advanced Study
The University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) is a key partner in the Future Leaders Fellowships ( FLF ) Development Network, which will provide training and development to 210 new fellows and 40 early career researchers and innovators.  The £2.8 million contract was awarded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to a consortium led by the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Academic Development following a competitive tender process. The programme is funded for three years. 

Mapping out London’s shame – the slave owners 

Thursday 27 August 2020
Institute of Historical Research
The Layers of London website , which peels back the capital’s story with maps and local data to enrich public understanding of the past, has released a new map revealing the slave owners of 19th-century London . 

Being Human festival returns to champion the humanities

Tuesday 11 August 2020
School of Advanced Study
In times of crisis, do we really need the humanities? From historians decolonising museum collections, to archaeologists bringing to life ancient texts, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities  is on a mission to demonstrate the many ways in which we do. 

Refugee Law Initiative’s key role in building research capacity on ‘internal displacement’ in affected countries

Monday 29 June 2020
Refugee Law Initiative
The work of the Refugee Law Initiative ( RLI ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been boosted by two new grants (a total of £210,000) from the Global Challenges Research Fund ( GCRF ) to help build research capacity into the growing problem of internal displacement – people made homeless in their own countries.

Commonwealth taboos set for virtual outing

Wednesday 17 June 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Covid-19 has put paid to the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. But could a virtual summit give a more open debate? How are countries across the Commonwealth coping with Covid-19 and how will the world change in its wake? As the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol bring Britain’s relationship with its imperial history and the slave trade into the spotlight, what should be the response to reparations for slavery and colonialism? And what does the continuing struggle for LGBT+ rights say about attitudes across the Commonwealth?

Mapping 1948 Windrush arrivals online for the first time 

Monday 15 June 2020
Institute of Historical Research
© The Institute of Historical Research Layers of London , the website which brings together historic maps and data related to London, is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush by releasing a new map layer showing some of the 1,027 passengers who were on board. 

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.

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.