Professor Jonathan Bate is to be one of the judges for he 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The other judges are Sarah Churchwell, r Daniel Glaser, Dr Alastair Niven and Erica Wagner. The Panel will be chaired by A.C. Grayling. 2014 is the first year of the new rules, which will see the rize opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English.
12 Dec 2013
Sir Ian Kennedy is chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, which has announced new arrangements for remuneration for MPs, including a pay rise. In an article in The Times and on BBC Radio 5 Live he explains the Authority's thinking and approach.
12 Dec 2013
Dame Hermione Lee has been commissioned by Faber to write a new biography of the playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. Her previous biographies include Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life (recently serialised on Radio 4) and Edith Wharton. Stoppard, who distanced himself from the previous biography by Ira Nadel, has given his enthusiastic blessing to the project. No publication date has yet been set.
10 Dec 2013
Lord Stern will receive the Stephen H. Schneider Award in San Francisco on 11 December at The Commonwealth Club of California. The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and has an outstanding record of communicating the findings effectively to a broad public. The award was established in honor of Stephen Henry Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology who died suddenly in 2010.
3 Dec 2013
Professor John Kay, columnist on economics for the Financial Times, discusses property prices in London, including the home of the British Academy on Carlton House Terrace, as examples of 'positional goods'.
2 Dec 2013
Professor David Hand has been appointed chair of the Governing Board of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN). This is a £34m government-funded initiative aimed at facilitating research access to administrative data from government departments. It consists of four national research centres, one for each of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, together with an administrative data service, which acts as the public face of the network and bridges the four research centres. The Governing Board reports to Parliament via the UK Statistics Authority.
26 Nov 2013
Sir Adam Roberts has written an article, "No jingo! Benjamin Britten and Pacifism", published in The Times Literary Supplement on 22 November, the centenary of the composers birth in 1913.Please note: you'll need a subscription with TLS to read the above article.
25 Nov 2013
Professors John Carey, David Crystal and Roger Scruton were signatories to a letter to the Sunday Times expressing concern at the reduced role of English literature in reforms of GCSE exams. The letter argued that both English language and literature are worthy of study and public assessment, and both aspects of English should be given core status at GCSE.
5 Nov 2013
Lord Williams of Oystermouth will give a series of Gifford Lectures in November under the heading of Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language. During the lectures Lord Williams will consider how language about God enters into our ordinary human discourse, and how it helps to look at some of the ways in which language itself is stranger and more problematic than we may have thought.
4 Nov 2013
Professors Carole and Robert Hillenbrand, specialists in medieval and early modern Islamic history and art, are visiting Saint Louis University, USA, in November as NEH Fellows to conduct research and deliver lectures.
4 Nov 2013
While in New York recently to promote his book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, Professor Holmes took a hot air balloon journey with a New York Times journalist. The New York Times describes Professor Holmes as 'a famously hands-on scholar who believes in immersing himself in the lives of his subjects.'
1 Nov 2013
Professor Onora O'Neill gave a special Gifford lecture at Edinburgh on 28 Oct, on From Toleration to Freedom of Expression. The lecture was in memory of Professor Susan Manning, who was Grierson Professor of English Literature and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
29 Oct 2013
Professor Robin Dunbar was one of the guests on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show. Prof Dunbar has published research on the subject of 'male bonding' and was invited onto the show to discuss his findings. He appeared with Ross and journalist Danny Wallace during all three ad breaks, which were paid for by a popular brand of beer.
28 Oct 2013
Sir Fergus Millar has written to The Times to criticise the influence of a culture of research grant applications on the conduct of research.
27 Oct 2013
Beatrice de Cardi will attend, in her 100th year, the annual de Cardi lecture of the Council for British Archaeology
Beatrice de Cardi will attend, in her 100th year, the annual de Cardi lecture of the Council for British Archaeology, delivered at the Academy in honour of her lifes work on 28 October.
24 Oct 2013
Professor Stephen Ball has written an article in the Guardian arguing that uneven and unclear education provision entrenches social advantage.
24 Oct 2013
Archbishop of Wales, and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, discuss RS Thomas's Religious Poetry
The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and the Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, discuss the religious poetry of R. S. Thomas, commemorating the centenary of the late poets birth.Laboratories of the Spirit will take place at 6.30pm on 1 November 2013 at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University. Tickets: £5 / £3.50. Box Office: 01792 60 20 60.
22 Oct 2013
A total of 14 British Academy Fellows are among a list of outstanding international scholars and researchers invited to accept membership of the prestigious Academia Europaea this year. In alphabetical order they are: Graeme Barker, Jonathan Bate, Rachel Bowlby, Bruce Campbell, Craig Clunas, Richard Hunter, Nicholas de Lange, David Mattingly, Christopher Prendergast, Sir Adam Roberts, Stephen Shennan, Martin Stokes, Nigel Vincent,Timothy Williamson.
16 Oct 2013
Roger Kain appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at London University’s School of Advanced Study
Professor Roger Kain has been appointed to the new role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) in addition to his existing role as Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
10 Oct 2013
Lord Moser, Lord Layard, Professor Stefan Collini and Professor Howard Glennerster are among the participants in a conference at the LSE on 22 October 2013 reflecting on the shape of Higher Education fifty years after the groundbreaking report of Lord Robbins. Lord Moser worked with the Robbins Committee on Higher Education from 1961 to 1964, a committee which looked at whether universities should expand and if so, by how much.
9 Oct 2013
Professor Sir Adam Roberts has given the Europaeum Lecture on 26 September at Charles University, Prague, on 'Civil Resistance and Power Politics: From the Prague Spring to the Arab Spring'. This lecture was part of a ceremony to launch the Vaclav Havel Programme, a joint MA teaching programme linking the universities of Prague, Leiden, and Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, focusing on European politics and society.
4 Oct 2013
Professor David Fergusson is delivering the 2013 Birks Lectures at McGill University, Montreal on 15-16 October
Professor David Fergusson is delivering the 2013 Birks Lectures at McGill University, Montreal on 15-16 October, on 'The Theology of Providence: Perspectives and Problems'.
1 Oct 2013
Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, has called on the US government to refrain from political interference in the delivery of research. In a piece in Science magazine, he calls on US politicians to refrain from a self-defeating critique of the worlds leading social science community.
27 Sep 2013
Professor Robin Alexander gave a keynote presentation at the launch of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust at the British Academy on 23 September. The launch featured Any Primary Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby, chair of the BBC Radio 4 current affairs.
24 Sep 2013
Lord Stern calls on world leaders to recognise vital importance of international action on climate change
On the eve of the publication of the most damning evidence yet of the disastrous effects of climate change, produced for the IPPC by researchers from 39 countries, British Academy President Lord Stern has called for world leaders to end their procrastination. Writing in The Observer, he says delays in tackling climate change is making things much worse, both because the ratchet effect of emissions is causing a rapid accumulation of greenhouse gases and because we are locking in our dependence on the fossil fuels that cause the problem.
23 Sep 2013
Professor Vernon Bogdanor has been honoured with the publication of a Festchrift. The British Constitution: Continuity and Change (Hart Publishing) celebrates his contribution to the study of constitutional issues over many years.
18 Sep 2013
Lord Layard among the signatories to an open letter criticising the government's current approaches to early years education
127 senior figures from the education and research world including Lord Layard, director of the wellbeing programme at the London School of Economics, and Sir Al Aynsley-Green, the former children's commissioner for England, have sent an open letter to the Daily Telegraph saying current research "does not support an early start to testing and quasi-formal teaching, but provides considerable evidence to challenge it". The education specialists have written to the secretary of state, Michael Gove, arguing that children be allowed to learn through play instead of being prepared for formal lessons at such ...
12 Sep 2013
The moral philosopher Professor John Broome has been invited to work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on its next report exploring ways of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The report, the fifth of its kind since the IPCC was created in 1988, will focus more heavily on ethical issues than previous reports. (Please note The Times is subscription only).
11 Sep 2013
Professors Anthony Heath and Mike Savage are among the contributors to the latest British Social Attitudes Report, published today. This year's report shows a rise in support for state benefits, suggests the public feels it has more influence over politics at a time when faith in politicians and the establishment is at a low ebb, and details how Britons have become increasingly open-minded about personal relationships and lifestyles.
10 Sep 2013
Professor Marina Warner has been named as chair of the judges for the International Man Booker prize
Professor Marina Warner has been named as chair of the judges for the International Man Booker prize.
22 Aug 2013
Professor Chris Dyer has won the Henry A Wallace Award for his book 'A Country Merchant', awarded by the US-based Agricultural History Society for the best book on agricultural history outside the United States in 2012.
19 Aug 2013
Professor Nigel Vincent has been appointed a member of a HEFCE-Research Councils expert reference group
Professor Nigel Vincent, Vice-President (Research and HE Policy), has been appointed a member of a HEFCE-Research Council expert reference group, whose aim is to establish the evidence needed to inform understanding about monograph publishing in the context of open access, and to provide advice on a programme of work to gather this evidence.
24 Jul 2013
Sir John Vickers, who chaired the Independent Commission on Banking Reform last year, argues in a jointly authored Financial Times article written with former US Assistant Secretary Michael Barr, that on both sides of the Atlantic much stronger action is needed to address the structure of banking entities.
22 Jul 2013
The President, Lord Stern, is presenting the first copy of a new book to the President of India in New Delhi on 22nd July
The President, Lord Stern, is presenting the first copy of a new book to the President of India in the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) in New Delhi on 22 July 2013. The book is The New Bihar: Rekindling Governance and Development, edited by N K Singh and Nicholas Stern, published by Harper Collins India. Contributors include Professor Amartya Sen.
19 Jul 2013
Professor Richard Sorabji's major scholarly undertaking – the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle – reviewed in the TLS
Professor Richard Sorabji's major scholarly undertaking the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle was reviewed by Professor David Sedley in the Times Literary Supplement of June 21, where it was described as an 'achievement with few parallels in the history of scholarly endeavour'. The 100th volume of the series was published in December 2012.
1 Jul 2013
Professor Michel Jeanneret has been awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli international prize of the Accademia dei Lincei
Professor Michel Jeanneret, Corresponding Fellow from France, has been awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli international prize of the Accademia dei Lincei, in Rome, for his work on the literary culture of the renaissance.
26 Jun 2013
Professor Henrietta L. Moore announced as one of the judges of the Thinking Allowed award for Ethnography
Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announced a new annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture.The judges for the Award are Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore, Dr Louise Westmarland, Professor Bev Skeggs. The Chair is Professor Laurie Taylor.The panel of judges will select six finalists, and from that shortlist the judges will select an overall winner who will be awarded a prize of £1000.The winner of the Award will be announced in April 2014.The Award was launched by ...
20 Jun 2013
Sir Mervyn King, retiring Governor of the Bank of England, is to be granted a life peerage in honour of his public service. The Chancellor praised Sir Mervyn for helping "to lead our country through an extraordinary period" in his ten years as governor. "More than that, you have been the original thinker who has taken Britain on the journey that began with inflation targeting to monetary independence and now to far reaching reforms to prudential regulation and financial oversight," he said. Sir Mervyn said "I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to continue my ...
20 Jun 2013
Honorary Fellow Lord Rees has been appointed by the Prime Minister to chair a new multi-million pound prize fund
Honorary Fellow Lord Rees has been appointed by the Prime Minister to chair a new multi-million pound prize fund designed to tackle some of society's most pressing problems. Building on the 18th century precedent of the Longitude Prize, the new prize will offer a reward 'to those who can solve issues that matter most to the public'.
17 Jun 2013
A total of 11 British Academy Fellows have received awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours, announced on 14 June. They include knighthoods for Professor John Hills and Professor Christopher Pissarides (both LSE), while Professor Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, Oxford becomes a Dame. There are five further awards of CBE and two of OBE, while Professor William Cornish (Cambridge) becomes a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. Kt/DBEProfessor John Hills, Professor of Social Policy, LSE. For services to Social Policy Development. Professor Hermione Lee, President, Wolfson College and Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford. For ...
16 Jun 2013
Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy, gave the annual Hesse Lecture at the Aldeburgh on 10 June. In 2013 the Festival is celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, and Sir Adam's lecture was on the topic 'Pacifism in Britten's Time and Today'.
11 Jun 2013
In a new piece for the Political Observatory, Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby looks at how to make an inclusive welfare state work. In the article Professor Taylor-Gooby says that the welfare debate should be about wages before it is about benefits and he proposes ways an inclusive welfare system might be both effective and electable.
6 Jun 2013
Professor Nigel Vincent and Professor Stephen Machin contribute articles to new postgraduate funding report
Professor Nigel Vincent and Professor Stephen Machin have contributed articles to a new report from CentreForum arguing for better funding for and better access to postgraduate education.
5 Jun 2013
Kirsty Young's castaway on the 2 June was the out-going Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King.He has been in charge during a period of unprecedented global financial turmoil yet under his leadership the Bank of England has emerged as one of the world's most powerful central banks. He may have grown used to the pink tails coats and top hats of his attendants in Threadneedle Street but his background was far from privileged. His father worked on the railways and then became a teacher; his mother was a housewife and sang in ...
3 Jun 2013
On 25 May, Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford), incoming British Academy President, gave the inaugural British Academy Lecture at the 2013 Hay Festival. Six years on from his landmark Climate Change Report, the event (chaired by Nik Gowing) looked at climate change and the future of economic growth in the green industries.
28 May 2013
Professor Michael Moriarty has been awarded the R. H. Gapper Prize by the Society for French Studies.
Professor Michael Moriarty has been awarded the R. H. Gapper Prize by the Society for French Studies for his book Disguised Vices. Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought (Oxford University Press)
22 May 2013
Lord Briggs and Professor Margaret Boden have been awarded Gold Medals by the University of Sussex, as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the university.
17 May 2013
Professor Margaret Boden has been awarded the Covey Award for lifetime research by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy.
17 May 2013
Professor Peter Kornicki has been awarded the 24th Yamagata Banto Prize, a prize given every three years for the study of Japan and which is named after an 18th-century merchant intellectual of Osaka.
15 May 2013
Professors Rudolf Klein and Theodore R Marmor are co-authors of Politics, Health and Health Care, a set of essays published in the wake of President Obama's health care reform and which analyse a number of major issues in health care policy.
15 May 2013