News of our Fellows
Fellows elected to 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.
Lord Renfrew: endangered Iraq artefacts protected by Hague convention
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.
Adam Kuper appears on The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography
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.
Simon Hix takes part in General Election: The Opposition Leaders' Debate panel discussion at LSE
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.
Anthony Atkinson's book Inequality: What can be done? has been published
Professor Anthony Atkinson’s new book, Inequality: What can be done? has been published by Harvard UP. He is interviewed about it in Prospect magazine.
Neil MacGregor announces his retirement as director of the British Museum
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.
Onora O'Neill appointed to Banking Standards Board
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.
Peter Burke gives The Jerusalem Lectures in History
Professor Peter Burke has delivered the 2015 Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern. 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.
Dame Helen Wallace appointed as a British Library board member
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.
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.