Located in Senate House, Russell Square, the Institute of English Studies (IES) is one of the nine specialist Institutes that comprise the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS). Specialising in the humanities, the School has a mission to sustain research in its component disciplines, facilitate humanities research nationally, act as a centre for the humanities worldwide, and support, supervise and train postgraduates.

Each institute operates autonomously within the School. Each has an independent Advisory Council composed of academics in the discipline concerned and organisations related to it such as libraries, subject associations and connected professions. The Chair of the IES Advisory Council is Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement at the University of Liverpool.

The composition of Advisory Councils follows SAS guidelines and members are appointed by the Dean. The structure includes places reserved for academics in English from the colleges affiliated to the University of London, and places for academics in English based across the UK (not including representatives from subject associations). As SAS’s remit is national, it is particularly important that the IES Council has strong representation from across the UK which is broadly representative of the large range of institutions and specialisms that contribute to English as a discipline.

The IES Council is looking to recruit new members due to periodic retirements and, in this call, invites expressions of interest from potential members in the following category:

  • Two representatives from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from outside the University of London.

The Advisory Council strongly encourages applications from early career researchers, as well as researchers with interests in minority literatures, creative writing, and English language/linguistics. The Council is committed to equality and diversity among its membership.

Expressions of interest in the role are invited by a closing date of 5 October 2018. You should send a brief letter and a short CV (no longer than three pages), outlining your reasons for applying, relevant experience, and an indication of the qualities you feel you will bring to the role. These should be sent to the Institute Manager Christopher Adams at Christopher.adams@sas.ac.uk.

For further details, please see the IES Advisory Council call document.