News of our Fellows
Richard Blundell and John Van Reenen to lead ESRC projects
The Economic and Social Research Council has announced five projects to strengthen its portfolio of high-quality research on important issues facing society. Among the projects announced are The Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), led by Professor Sir Richard Blundell, and the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) led by Professor John Van Reenen.
Lord Woolf calls for new UK jail inquiry
Rt Hon Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice who led the inquiry into Britain's biggest prison riot, is calling for a new inquiry into the state of UK jails. Lord Woolf says conditions in prisons are now as bad as they were in 1990, when a dramatic siege at Strangeways went on for 25 days. Two people died and hundreds were injured in a protest against a prison regime that included "slopping out". Lord Woolf said Britain was again "heading for a crisis within prisons".
Sir Geoffrey Lloyd wins this year’s Fyssen Prize
The Academy warmly congratulates Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge, on the award of the prestigious Prix International from the Fondation Fyssen. The theme of this year's prize was "cognition et variation culturelle" and Sir Geoffrey was awarded the prize, worth 60,000 euros, at a ceremony in Paris on 20 March. Further information on the prize can be found online.
Julian Birkinshaw elected fellow of Academy of Social Sciences
Professor Julian Birkinshaw has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Julian Birkinshaw is Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences.
Marina Warner wins £400K Holberg Prize
Dame Marina Warner, professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London, has been named as the 11th winner of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian parliament in 2003 for scholars who have "made outstanding contributions to research, either within [the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology] or through interdisciplinary work".
Professor Andrew Hurrell receives Susan Strange Award
Professor Andrew Hurrell has been presented with the Susan Strange Award by the International Studies Association at its annual meeting in New Orleans in February. This award recognizes 'a person whose singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and intellectual and organizational complacency in the international studies community'.
Vicki Bruce shortlisted for 'inspiring leader' award
British Academy Vice President for Public Engagement, Professor Vicki Bruce, has been shortlisted for the award for ‘inspiring leader’, one of The Guardian’s annual university awards. The judging panel selected Professor Bruce for her work in the field of face recognition, which has influenced the way witnesses are interviewed and the way recognition of faces from CCTV images is dealt with by courts.
Hugh Williamson: Isis shows 'Oriental studies' are essential
The University of Manchester could not have chosen a worse time to consider closing Middle Eastern language courses, writes Professor Hugh Williamson in Times Higher Education magazine. As Islamic State (Isis) plumbed even greater depths of depravity with the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, he writes, the crucial importance of doing all we can to understand the Middle East became ever clearer.
Sir David Butler and Vernon Bogdanor predict outcome of the 2015 UK election
Sir David Butler and Professor Vernon Bogdanor have predicted the Tories will do much better than expected in next May's general election, but they still forecast another hung parliament. Psephologist Sir David Butler, politics professor Vernon Bogdanor, along with political consultant Sir Bob Worcester, offer their views on the BBC News website.
Study of Humanism
Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was among 28 religious leaders who wrote to England Schools Minister Nick Gibb arguing for the study of humanism to be included in a proposed new GCSE in religious studies.
Magna Carta copy authenticated
Professor Nicholas Vincent has authenticated a newly discovered copy of the Magna Carta, belonging to the town of Sandwich, which had lain forgotten in Kent County Council archives in Maidstone.
Dame Helen Wallace awarded Madame de Staël Prize
In honour of her highly respected and extensive scholarly work on political studies and policy in Europe, Dame Helen Wallace will be the second scholar to be awarded the 2015 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values; a prize initiated by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities.