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In a series of one-to-one conversations broadcast on Radio 4, Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield asks senior public figures how the United Kingdom's constitution will be changed by further devolution. In the third of five episodes Baron Hennessy was joined by former President of the British Academy Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve.You can listen to The Kingdon to Come here.
18 Dec 2014
In the Guardian newspaper, British Academy President Lord Stern writes about the five pages of text, dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action, that outline a way forward on hotly contested issues, including the process for countries to set out their pledges to cut annual emissions of greenhouse gases after 2020. He says: "Governments took a step back from chaos in the climate change discussions in Lima and found a way forward on Sunday, albeit with some fudges and compromises, giving themselves just 12 months to finalise a crucial international agreement to avoid ...
15 Dec 2014
Professor Michael Fulford  has been shortlisted as Archaeologist of the Year, by Current Archaeology magazine. Professor Fulford is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading. Current Archaeology is a magazine devoted to British archaeology, focusing on excavations from all periods. The awards recognise the outstanding contributions to the understanding of the past made by the people, projects, and publications featured in the pages of Current Archaeology over the previous 12 months.
8 Dec 2014
Archaeologist Professor Charles Higham, University if Otago, has been awarded the Mason Durie Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The medal is awarded annually to a pre-eminent NZ-based social scientist whose work has had international impact. Professor Higham's award recognises his research on understanding the series of social changes in Southeast Asia over three millennia that ultimately led to the rise of the Angkor state in modern-day Thailand.
8 Dec 2014
A new lower blood alcohol limit for drivers, of 50mg in every 100ml of blood, is being introduced in Scotland today, in time for Christmas.  The lower limit - in line with most of Europe and also under consideration in Northern Ireland - was recommended in a government report by Sir Peter North in 2010. It has not been introduced in England and Wales, where the limit remains 80mg.
5 Dec 2014
Baroness Kennedy, a member of Parliament's Joint Human Rights Committee, has criticised government plans to direct universities to introduce measures to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism as threatening academic freedom, with universities "being turned into an arm of the state, a policeman".
4 Dec 2014
At this year's Political Studies Association awards dinner, former British Academy President Professor Onora O'Neill was awarded the Isaiah Berlin Prize for a Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies and current Vice-President Professor Iain McLean was awarded a Special Recognition Award for his contributions to political studies. Other winners included Theresa May (Politician of the Year) and Michael Crick (Journalist of the Year).
1 Dec 2014
Professor Sir David Cannadine celebrated the 10th anniversary of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by taking part in a panel discussion consisting of the dictionary's three most recent editors. Professor Cannadine, who started editing the dictionary this year, was joined by his predecessors in the role, Professor Sir Brian Harrison (19992004) and Professor Lawrence Goldman (200414). The event took place in conversation with Professor Dame Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, Oxford at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London on Tuesday 25 November.
27 Nov 2014
Professor Paul Kennedy has been awarded the Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History. The Hattendorf Prize honors distinguished academic research and writing in the field of maritime history, and is the most prestigious award that a scholar can receive in the field from the U.S. Naval War College. The international award includes a $10,000 cash prize. The award citation praised Professor Kennedy's achievements as an "assiduous historical researcher as well as the author of path-breaking studies on Britains naval history and the role of navies in the ...
24 Nov 2014
Professor Mary Beard has received an honorary degree from the University of London. Professor Beard collected the degree during the Universitys Foundation Day celebrations on 19 November.In September Professor Beard was awarded an honorary doctorate by St Andrews University
21 Nov 2014
Professor Archie Brown has given a number of lectures in the United States in November. He spoke at a conference on the Reagan Era at the Virginia Military Institute on 'Gorbachev, Perestroika and the End of the Cold War', and gave talks on his recent book, The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age at Georgetown University and at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He addressed the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations on 'Problems of Consensus-Building in a Multinational State: the UK, Spain, Ukraine' and spoke ...
21 Nov 2014
In his lecture, 'Do we measure up to Beatrice? A British archaeologist abroad', Professor Graeme Barker, formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, marked the Council for British Archaeology's 70th year by sharing a lifetime of research across the Mediterranean, Middle East and South East Asia. Reflecting on the role of Britain's archaeologists in world archaeology, the lecture and AGM took place on 10 November 2014 at the British Academy in London.
11 Nov 2014
Writing in The Times, Professor Vernon Bogdanor says the governments answer is incoherent to the question of whether Scottish MPs should continue to vote on English domestic matters.
10 Nov 2014
Speaking in The Times, Lord O'Donnell said that employers consistently failed to realise what motivated their workforce. Saying "thank you", giving staff time off and allowing them more control over their work can make them much happier than a pay rise. Lord O'Donnell will head a new centre for wellbeing, to open in the spring, which is part of a move to put happiness at the heart of government policy-making.
6 Nov 2014
MI5 amassed hundreds of records on Professors Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill, who were once members of the Communist party, secret files have revealed. Another Fellow under scrutiny was Professor A.J.P. Taylor. The files, released at the National Archives, reveal the extent to which MI5 secretly kept tabs on the personal and professional activities of communists and suspected communists, a task it began before the cold war.
29 Oct 2014
Professor Christopher Prendergast has written a new book Adventures in Grammarland, in collaboration with academic Paul Georgiou. Published by Panarc International, Adventures in Grammarland takes 'you on a journey into the very heart of the English language'. Professor Prendergast is a published author based in Cambridge and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
27 Oct 2014
Professor David Luscombe spoke at a conference in Oxford. He gave an assessment of the impact of the seminal study by Sir Richard Southern FBA, Saint Anselm and His Biographer, 50 years on from its publication.
27 Oct 2014
Professor Margaret Boden appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific programme. You can listen again via the BBC's iPlayer here. Professor Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex and a world authority in the field of artificial intelligence.
21 Oct 2014
Professor Paul J Boyle and Professor Peter Buckley have become Fellows of Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Boyle is Vice Chancellor, University of Leicester and has led the Economic and Social Research Council for the past four years. He is also an internationally renowned expert in population and health geography. Professor Peter Buckley is Professor of International Business, Centre for International Business University of Leeds. He is a leading authority on international business.
21 Oct 2014
The future of the historic Hurd Library one of the jewels of Hartlebury Castle, former home of the Bishops of Worcester - has been preserved in public hands thanks to a £5m grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Former British Academy President Sir Adam Roberts and other Academy Fellows lent strong support to the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust in their efforts to purchase the castle from the Church Commissioners and keep its important library intact.
13 Oct 2014
Professor Elinor Shaffer's most recent contribution to the reception of English literature in Europe has been published by Bloomsbury Academic and is entitled The Literary And Cultural Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe.
8 Oct 2014
Uta Frith DBE, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at UCL, and barrister and broadcaster Baroness Helena Kennedy QC have joined the judging panel for the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize. Other judges include Mark Haddon and Razia Iqbal.The panel will be chaired by Bill Bryson.The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates books with a medical theme - both fiction and nonfiction - published in the UK.
2 Oct 2014
Professor John Dunn's Henry L Stimson Lectures have been published Yale University Press under the title 'Breaking Democracy's Spell'. Professor Dunn is emeritus professor of political theory at King's College, Cambridge, and one of the founders of the "Cambridge School" of political thought.
2 Oct 2014
Professor Sir David Cannadine has joined the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as its new editor. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of 60,000 people who have shaped British history and culture from the country's 'earliest times to the year 2010'. David Cannadine is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a specialist in the political, social, and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire, and the study of history over time. Between 1992 and 2004 research for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ...
1 Oct 2014
Professor Vernon Bogdanor examines in today's Guardian some of the thorny issues raised by Prime Minister David Camerons proposal of 'English votes for English Laws'. He argues that "a constitutional settlement, if it is to be lasting, needs the support of all parties, and endorsement by the people as a whole after measured debate."The full article is available on the Guardian website.  
25 Sep 2014
As the UN begins its first Climate Summit, British Academy President Lord Stern outlines the problem which is far too big for a single country to solve alone, asking what can we do next and how can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all? The TED talk is called The state of the climate - and what we might do about it.
24 Sep 2014
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has published a new report 'Better Growth, Better Climate'. The report's conclusion is that countries at all levels of income now have the opportunity to build lasting economic growth at the same time as reducing the immense risks of climate change. The Commission was set up to examine whether it is possible to achieve lasting economic growth while also tackling the risks of climate change. It is chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and vice-chaired by British Academy President Lord Stern.In other news, Lord ...
17 Sep 2014
Hermione Lee has been awarded a James Tait Black Prize for her biography of Penelope Fitzgerald. The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are Britains oldest literary awards. Two prizes of £10,000 are awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh for the best work of fiction and the best biography published in the previous year.The prize winners were announced by broadcaster Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 27 August.Further information about the James Tait Black Prizes and Hermione Lees Penelope Fitzgerald: A life is available on the BBC news website.
28 Aug 2014
Professor Mary Beard is profiled in the latest edition of The New Yorker magazine (1 September 2014). The article describes how Professor Beard takes on her sexist detractors, brings a proletarian focus to the world of the ancients and acts as a role model for women of all ages who want an intellectually satisfying life.
27 Aug 2014
Six Fellows have been elected this year as Members of the Academia Europaea. The Academia Europaea is an European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, composed of individual members. Members are drawn from across the whole European continent and around the world. Current membership stands at around 2,800, including fifty-two Nobel Laureates. The six Fellows elected are:Professor Stephen Bann, Professor Sir Richard Blundell, Professor Vincent Crawford, Professor Eleanor Dickey, Professor Shalom Lappin, Professor Sir Richard Sorabji.
18 Aug 2014
Writing in the Financial Times, British Academy President Lord Stern says the British tax system could be more equitable and less of a drag on economic activity, if recommendations he made while head of the Government Economic Services weren't 'buried in the chancellor's drawer.' He says 'What was lacking then was the political commitment to do what makes sense. It is still lacking now despite the difference it could make to the public finances and the country's prosperity.'
7 Aug 2014
Professor Derek Parfitt has won a Rolf Schock Prize in the Logic and Philosophy category "for his ground-breaking contributions concerning personal identity, regard for future generations and analysis of the structure of moral theories." The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Music and Royal Swe­dish Academy of Fine Arts, award the Rolf Schock Prizes 2014, amounting to a total of SEK 2.4 million, in the fields of logic and philosophy, mathematics, visual arts and music.
31 Jul 2014
Professors Nicholas Bloom and John Van Reenen have won the 2014 EIB Prize for Excellence in Economic and Social Research in acknowledgement of their academic excellence, work published and impact on public policy of their research on this years prize topic "Innovation, Market Structure and Competitiveness".
29 Jul 2014
A number of British Academy Fellows, including the President Lord Stern of Brentford, have written to The Daily Telegraph expressing their desire that Britain honour its commitment to ratify the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Fellows who signed the letter are:Dame Rosemary Cramp, Sir Adam Roberts, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Sir Barry Cunliffe, Professor Stephen Shennan, Lord Collins of Highbury, Professor Roberta Gilchrist, Professor Graeme Barker. You can read the letter Britain should ratify convention to protect cultural ...
23 Jul 2014
Social scientists can be confident of their position in the UK's research portfolio, but must pressure the government for more funds ahead of next years spending review, says Professor Paul Boyle, departing chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council in an interview in the latest issue of Research Fortnight magazine.Professor Boyle, who has been in the role since 2010, will leave the council in September to become vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester.
10 Jul 2014
Professor Ron Johnston has co-authored a new report entitled Equality, Community and Continuity: Reviewing the UK Rules for Constituency Redistribution, published by the McDougall Trust.
4 Jul 2014
Baroness Hale of Richmond gave the 2014 Fiona Woolf Lecture at the Law Society in London on 27 June. In it she criticised the British judiciary system for its low proportion of women, saying in a democracy governed by the people and not by an absolute monarch or even an aristocratic ruling class, the judiciary should reflect the whole community, not just a small section of it. The Fiona Woolf Lecture was instituted in 2007 by the Association of Women Solicitors and the Law Society to be delivered by a highly regarded professional woman in honour of Fiona ...
2 Jul 2014
On 27 June, at the Gazi Husrev-bey Library, Sarajevo, Professor Adam Roberts gave a presentation on 'Legal and Moral International Norms since 1914' at a symposium on 'Ethics & International Affairs: The Crisis of 1914 and What it Means for Us Today'. This event was partnered by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the Gazi Husrev-bey Library and American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the centenary commemorations of the killings of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on 28 June 1914.
30 Jun 2014
Sir Roderick Floud gives lecture "More Means Better: Fifty years of Higher Education" In a lecture given at Gresham College, Professor Sir Roderick Floud explored the main developments of the past 50 years in Higher Education and argue that we need radical changes to British universities, to research assessment and to our attitude to fundraising.
20 Jun 2014
Six Fellows of the British Academy are honoured in The Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2014. Professor Thomas Devine and Professor Richard Sorabji are awarded knighthoods, while Professor Nicholas Crafts, Professor Colin Jones and Professor Alan Walker and Professor Martin Biddle have received CBEs.
17 Jun 2014
Professor Stern and Dr Simon Dietz have today published the peer-reviewed findings of their research into climate change economic modelling in the Economic Journal. The review is highly critical of established economic models which, among other things, fail to acknowledge the full breadth of climate change's likely impact on the economy and are predicated on assumptions about global warming's effect on output that are "without scientific foundation".
16 Jun 2014
The work of two Fellows has been recognised by judges of the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize. The prize celebrates the economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers. Professor Neil Wrigley was awarded the Outstanding Impact in Business award. Research by Professor Wrigley and colleagues has helped transform thinking on food retail development, its role in sustaining viable town centres and the future of UK high streets. Professor Sir David Hendry was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over five decades Professor Hendry has developed macroeconomic models capturing how economies ...
10 Jun 2014
Professor Besley has been elected as President of the International Economic Association for a three-year term. He takes over from Corresponding Fellow Joseph Stiglitz and becomes only the third UK economist to become President.  The IEA was founded in 1950 as a non-governmental organization, with the aim to promote personal contacts and mutual understanding among economists in different parts of the world through the organization of scientific meetings, common research programmes and by means of publications of an international character on economic policies and problems of current importance.
9 Jun 2014
Professors Martin Daunton and Michael Fulford have been appointed Commissioners of English Heritage.Professor Daunton has been Master of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, since 2004 and will be retiring from the college at the end of September 2014. From 2012, he has been head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a post which, together with his chair as Professor of Economic History, he will retain until he retires from the University in 2016. Professor Fulford is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading, and is probably best known ...
5 Jun 2014
Professor Cyprian Broodbank, Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology, University College London, has been awarded one of the Wolfson Prizes for History for "The Making of the Middle Sea. A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World" published by Thames & Hudson, which was the result of research supported during his recent British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
3 Jun 2014
Dr Rowan Williams gives the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust Annual Lecture on the subject 'Images and meanings: What does art represent?' The lecture will take place on 30 May at Anglesey's Centre for Art and History.
20 May 2014
Honorary Fellow, Lord Rees, chairs a new competition, based on the 1714 Longitude Prize, which was won by John Harrison whose clocks enabled sailors to pinpoint their position at sea for the first time. Todays prize asks the public to choose a new world challenge. Six potential categories have been announced, ranging from healthcare to the environment.
20 May 2014
Professor Phillipson has been elected an Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in recognition of his 'impressive publication record, outstanding contribution to his profession, international stature as a scholar and exceptional contribution to the advancement of Ethiopian scholarship'. The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences is an autonomous, non-profit, non-governmental organization that exists to promote the Sciences to flourish and bring about development, prosperity and improved health services for the people of Ethiopia.
20 May 2014
Professor Isobel Armstrong, University of London, 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.
15 May 2014
Professor Warner is interviewed by Prospect Magazine, for their Critical Thinking series which looks at the art of criticism. The writer and mythographer talks about the compatibility of being a woman who thinks but is also interested in fashion, feminism and Virginia Woolf's Essays.
13 May 2014

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