In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Professor Simon Baron-Cohen talks about the findings of a study of more than half a million people, carried out in partnership with Channel 4, into why more men than women have autistic traits. He also discusses the results of a further study exploring the link between high levels of testosterone - including prenatal testosterone and autistic traits, which suggest that the critical factor may be hormone levels rather than gender.
19 Nov 2015
Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology by Stockholm University. The award has been given to the winners 'in recognition of their important joint advance in knowledge about how parents and peers shape successes, or failures, in preventing adult violence and crime'.The other winners are: Travis W. Hirschi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona, and Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a member of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
10 Nov 2015
Tim Besley elected Second Vice President of the Econometric Society and appointed as a commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission
Professor Tim Besley has been elected Second Vice-President of the Econometric Society. His election means that he will serve as President of the Econometric Society in 2018.The government has launched a National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to oversee £100bn of spending on infrastructure projects. Professor Tim Besley will serve as one of the seven commissioners harged with producing a report at the start of each five-year Parliament.
3 Nov 2015
Professor Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy in the School of Geography and the Environment and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford, has been appointed as Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research.
2 Nov 2015
Professor Angus Deaton is the 2015 winner of the Nobel prize in economics. The Scottish-born economist is best known for his work on health, wellbeing, and economic development.His book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality, argues that a more sophisticated analysis of economic data shows that while most people in the world have gained in terms of health and wellbeing from GDP growth, there are many groups that have missed out.Professor Deaton, was born in Edinburgh ...
12 Oct 2015
Professors Jonathan Bate and Robert Gildea are among the 12 authors selected for The Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 longlist.Professor Bate has been nominated for 'Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life' (William Collins) and Professor Gildea for 'Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance' (Faber & Faber).The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is for non-fiction books, covering subjects from current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. The 2015 Prize shortlist will be announced on Sunday 11 October. A Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 Shortlist Event will be held at the British Academy on 27 October. ...
22 Sep 2015
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University and vice-president of the National Autistic Society, has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to talk about the waiting times facing people seeking diagnosis of autism.
1 Sep 2015
Former British Academy President, Sir Adam Roberts, has completed a cycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats (LE JoG), by an extended 1,200-mile route taking in the Outer Hebrides. The 24-day journey with his daughter Hannah celebrated his 75th birthday. It is the third time he has cycled LE JoG in his seventies.
28 Aug 2015
Professor Uta Frith meets the people living with OCD, looks at the therapy available and asks what neuroscience can offer by way of a cure, in BBC 2's Horizon programme OCD: A Monster in my Mind.
27 Aug 2015
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill presents BBC2 series Building the Ancient City: Athens and Rome.In the first episode, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes the viewer on a journey to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens 2,500 years ago. In the second episode he explains how the Romans make their their great city work.
24 Aug 2015
Commenting on the shortfall of 5,500 maths teachers for secondary schools in England, Professor Sir Ian Diamond has written in a letter to The Times that 'the issue is about quality as well as quantity.' He goes on to say that in addition to teacher recruitment and retention, the government must focus on the quality of teachers' skills, alongside a 'continuous review of the maths curriculum.'Read the whole letter here: How to solve the shortage of maths teachers.
21 Aug 2015
Former British Academy President, Sir Anthony Kenny has written an article for the London Evening Standard newspaper called 'We have learned the lessons of Hiroshima but can't be complacent'.
7 Aug 2015
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield asks senior politicians to reflect on their lives and times in the latest BBC Radio 4 series of Reflections with Peter Hennessy.
27 Jul 2015
Professor Bishop has appeared on BBC Radio 4's programme The Life Scientific. Since the 1970s, she has been instrumental in bringing to light Specific Language Impairment (SLI), a little-known language disorder that may affect around two children per class starting primary school. Professor Bishop spoke to Jim Al-Khalili about how families react when they discover there's a genetic basis to their problems, and why SLI isn't as well known as other conditions, like autism and dyslexia.You can listen to The Life Scientific featuring Dorothy Bishop here.
8 Jul 2015
Nine Fellows of the British Academy are honoured in The Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2015. The British Academy's Vice-President for Public Engagement, Professor Vicki Bruce, Professor of Psychology at Newcastle University, has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Higher Education and Psychology. The Right Honourable the Lord Harry Woolf (Honorary FBA), has been made a Companion of Honour for services to the public and community relations. The following Fellows have received Knighthoods: Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at Cambridge University, for services to British German relations. Dr ...
15 Jun 2015
Business leaders, cities and young people should be placing more pressure on world leaders to create 'political tipping points' for action on climate change, says Lord Stern of Brentford in 'Why Are We Waiting? The logic, urgency and promise of tackling climate change' published today (3 June 2015) by MIT Press.Lord Stern is President of the British Academy, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and I.G. Patel Professor of Economics ...
3 Jun 2015
Professor Christopher Prendergast , University of Cambridge, has been elected as a Foreign Honorary Member by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.The American Academy is a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue and useful knowledge. Its membership includes over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members.
1 Jun 2015
Neil MacGregor has been awarded the Friedrich Gundolf Prize by the German Academy for Language and Literature.Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, was presented with the "Friedrich-Gundolf-Preis für die Vermittlung deutscher Kultur im Ausland" (Friedrich-Gundolf-Prize for furthering the understanding of German culture abroad) for his recent exhibition at the British Museum "Germany: Memories of a Nation".The jury commended Neil MacGregor on the bold and nuanced view of German history over six centuries and the President of the Goethe-Institut Professor Klaus-Dieter Lehmann made a speech in Neil MacGregors honour.
14 May 2015
Conquests, Catastrophe and Recovery: Britain and Ireland 1066-1485 by Professor John Gillingham has been published by Vintage.In the review in the March 2015 edition of BBC History magazine, it was said that, 'no other single volume offers so comprehensive a consideration of the geography, economy, politics, society and religion of medieval Britain in so engaging and accessible a fashion.'John Gillingham is Emeritus Professor of History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include Richard I (1999), The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values (2000) ...
12 May 2015
Nicholas Stern has been elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, support of young scholars, publications, library resources, a museum and community outreach.Nicholas Stern was elected to the APS in the Social Sciences International class.
28 Apr 2015
Baron Skidelsky's historical study Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story? has been published by Vintage. It is an analysis of the century in which Britain lost an empire, fought two world wars, founded the welfare state and weathered economic turbulence and technological upheaval.Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Ecomony at Warwick University.
27 Apr 2015
Colin Jones, Sir Geoffrey Lloyd and Carole Pateman elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales
The Learned Society of Wales has announced the results of its 2015 Election of new Fellows, which includes:Professor Colin Jones,Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd,Professor Carole Pateman.The Learned Society of Wales (LSW) is as an independent, all-Wales, bilingual, self-governing, pan-discipline educational charity, to provide public benefit including the recognition of scholarly excellence, promotion of research and provision of expert, independent, scholarly advice on a variety of public policy issues.
24 Apr 2015
Professor Simon Hix took part in a panel discussion following the opposition leaders' debate. The event was organised by British Government @ LSE - an initiative to promote and develop research on British Government being conducted at the LSE. You can listen to Election: The Opposition Leaders' Debate panel discussion at LSE here.
20 Apr 2015
Professor Adam Kuper is a judge of the Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography, which is given to those who have made a significant contribution to ethnography, the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub culture. He recently took part in Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme which discussed the award short list. One of the contenders, Flip-flop: A Journey through Globalisation's Backroads, is by Caroline Knowles. Professor Knowles received a Small Research Grant in 2007 for her research on this subject, and was published in the British Academy Review in 2009. ...
20 Apr 2015
Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn said the world had watched in horror as Isis militants destroyed ancient artefacts in Iraq. Yet, he said, Britain 'dithered' rather than join other countries in ratifying the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which was adopted at The Hague in 1954.Lord Stern of Brentford, President of the British Academy, was one of the signatories of a letter published by The Telegraph, ...
20 Apr 2015
Professor Anthony Atkinsons new book, Inequality: What can be done? has been published by Harvard UP. He is interviewed about it in Prospect magazine.
10 Apr 2015
Neil MacGregor has announced he is to step down as director of the British Museum.Since joining in 2002, MacGregor has been credited with reforming the British Museum's one-time "stuffy" image to make it one of the world's most visited attractions.
9 Apr 2015
Baroness Onora O'Neill, British Academy President 2005-2009, has been appointed to the new Banking Standards Board. Set up in the wake of a review by former CBI chief executive Sir Richard Lambert last year, the board has been selected to help win back the public's trust in the banking sector. The 14-strong group includes nine non-practitioners and five representatives from the sector, lead by Dame Colette Bowe, former chair of regulator Ofcom.Dame Colette said: "The new Banking Standards Board is made up of expert and committed people, a cross section of civil society and professional expertise, all determined to shine ...
2 Apr 2015
Professor Peter Burke has delivered the 2015 Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern, from 22 March - 2 April.In 1993, the Historical Society of Israel established a lecture series in memory of Prof. Menahem Stern, one of the most renowned historians of Jewish history of the Second Temple period.The lectures are delivered in English and are intended for Israeli historians, scholars in various fields, students, teachers, and the general public. During their stay, the guest speaker meets with doctoral students from all of Israels universities.
31 Mar 2015
The British Academy's Foreign Secretary, Professor Dame Helen Wallace, has been appointed as a member of the British Library's governing board for a four-year term. She is one of six new board members named today by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
30 Mar 2015
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.
27 Mar 2015
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".
23 Mar 2015
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.
20 Mar 2015
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.
16 Mar 2015
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".
12 Mar 2015
Professor Andrew Hurrell has been given the Susan Strange Awardby 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'. Previous recent winners have included Kathryn Sikkink, Robert Keohane, Peter Katzenstein and Richard Falk.
5 Mar 2015
British Academy Vice President Professor Vicki Bruce has been shortlisted for the award for inspiring leader, one of The Guardians annual university awards. The judging panel selected Professor Bruce for her work in the field of human face perception and face recognition, which has influenced the way witnesses are interviewed, and the way that recognition of faces from CCTV images is dealt with by courts. They also cited her leadership roles in Stirling, Edinburgh and Newcastle, her position as Vice-President for Public Engagement at the British Academy, and her tireless work to help drive change to ensure ...
27 Feb 2015
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.You can read the full article Isis shows 'Oriental studies' are essential here.
20 Feb 2015
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.Professor Bogdanor has also just had his paper - The Crisis of the Constitution - published by The Constitution Society.
13 Feb 2015
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.The prize will be awarded to Professor Wallace at a ceremony on the premises of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon on 23 April 2015 at the ALLEA General ...
9 Feb 2015
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.
9 Feb 2015
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.
9 Feb 2015
Sir Nigel Thrift has been interviewed by Times Higher Education magazine. The newly knighted vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick talks about the criticism vice-chancellors have received for their rising salary levels, changes in higher education and the best and worst things about his job.
16 Jan 2015
Melvyn Bragg is the presenter of a major Radio 4 series marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the best known of all historical documents. Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, contributes.
7 Jan 2015
Sir David Cannadine is the author of George V: The Unexpected King, part of a new series of books about Britain's kings and queens. Published by Penguin Press, the Penguin Monarchs series will be released in groups of five over the next four years.Sir David is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and General Editor of the Penguin History of Europe and Penguin History of Britain.
7 Jan 2015