Institute of English Studies planned closure put on hold

‘Wider range of options’ to be explored by University of London

May 23, 2014

The University of London’s School of Advanced Study has stepped back from plans to close the Institute of English Studies this summer.

In a letter sent to the IES advisory board on 15 May, Roger Kain – dean and chief executive of the SAS – announced proposals to merge the “academic activity of the Institute of English Studies into the Institute of Historical Research…and into the Institute of Modern Languages Research”. The news was greeted with considerable dismay by academics, who set up a Save the IES steering group on 17 May.

Now, in a further letter dated 23 May, Professor Kain has written again to the academic community saying that after a meeting of the university’s board of trustees, the vice-chancellor and he had “concluded that we need time to explore a wider range of options regarding the structure of SAS”.

Though still needing to “work towards achieving long-term financial sustainability”, they were “now able to approach this on a more extended timescale”.

“This will enable us to engage more fully with all relevant stakeholders, identify options and work them through, beginning the discussion process with the meetings of the SAS board and the strategic advisory group next month and continuing into next academic year,” he writes.

“In the meantime, we will continue to run the Institute of English Studies…in [its] current form.”

matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns