The University of Roehampton The university’s mission is to support all of its students, whatever their background, to reach their full potential. The university provides a personal learning experience, helping students grow as individuals and to be responsible citizens and leaders. Roehampton students become the sort of graduate most valued by employers: a confident, critical thinker, adaptable, open to new ideas, able to work well with people from all walks of life, and with first-class communication skills. The university is also focussed on creating new knowledge and ideas that help us to understand our world and make it a better place.
Being Human: a Festival of the Humanities, 15-23 November 2014
What does it mean to be human? How do we understand ourselves, our relationship to others and our place in nature? For centuries the humanities have addressed these questions. Artists, writers, philosophers, theologians and historians have considered who we are, how we live and what we value most. But are these long-standing questions changing in 2014? We are more connected than ever, yet we spend more time with smart phones and computers than face to face. The world is becoming smaller, yet the digital information we can access and store, even about ourselves, is vast and growing. Developments in science and technology are moving fast, challenging our understanding of the self and society. What sense can we make of these changes and what challenges do we face? We need the humanities more than ever to help us address these issues and provide the means to question, interpret and explain the human predicament.
The festival is held as part of the School of Advanced Study’s 20th anniversary celebrations and draws on the success of the 2013 King’s College Festival of the Humanities. Being Human will be the UK’s first national festival of the humanities. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, and universities, arts and cultural organisations across the UK, it will demonstrate the value, vitality and relevance of the humanities in 2014. Find out more at http://www.beinghumanfestival.org or follow the festival on Twitter at @BeingHumanFest
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities. The School brings together 10 prestigious research institutes to offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Historical Research, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights. Find out more at http://www.sas.ac.uk or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.
The British Academy is the UK’s national champion of the humanities and social sciences. As a Fellowship of distinguished scholars and researchers from all areas of the humanities and social sciences, it promotes these disciplines and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas. It funds research across the UK and internationally, and seeks to raise understanding of some of the biggest challenges of our time through policy reports, forums, conferences, publications and public events. For more information, please visit http://www.britishacademy.ac.uk. Follow the British Academy on Twitter @britac_news.
Growhampton is a sustainability initiative with a big focus on food growing. It was established in September 2013 and is funded by the NUS Student Green Fund. Growhampton is delivered by Roehampton Student’s Union in partnership with the University of Roehampton. Its vision is to help all students and staff at Roehampton embed sustainability in their everyday lives on campus and beyond. Its mission is to establish growing spaces and a hub for sustainability which provides training and volunteering opportunities, enabling students, staff and the wider community to learn about sustainability and have a positive impact on the environment.
The Urban Orchard Project aims to create lush cities swathed in fruit and nut trees. It works in partnership with communities to plant, manage, restore and harvest orchards in urban areas to help us all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit.For the first five years, it focused its efforts on London; today the project supports, is inspired by, and share fruit-growing knowledge with orchard groups across Britain.
Annie Gray is a food historian and archaeologist, well-known from her appearances on ‘The Great British Bake-Off’, Radio 4’s ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’ and many other programmes. She has worked as an interpreter and consultant on historic food for the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces.