News of our Fellows
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q&A with Sir Nigel Thrift in Times Higher Education
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.
Melvyn Bragg presents Radio 4 series marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta
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.
Penguin publishes Sir David Cannadine's book about George V
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.