British Academy President's Medal

Thursday 19 July 2012

The British Academy logoThe British Academy has announced the award of its President’s Medal 2012 to Professor Warwick Gould FRSL, FEA, FRSA. The President’s Medals reward “signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences” and, in his case the Medal, “seeks to recognise [his] contribution to the outstanding work at the Institute of English Studies”, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The medal was announced to Fellows of the Academy at their AGM on 19 July, and will be presented at a ceremony in the Academy in November.

Professor Gould founded the Institute of English Studies from 1 January, 1999, and since then has been its Director on secondment from Royal Holloway, University of London, where he has held a Chair of English Literature of the University of London since 1995. He has taught at Royal Holloway since 1973.

Professor Gould comments: “I share this British Academy honour with my splendid colleagues at the Institute, and with all those Fellows and scholars who bring ideas, projects, conferences and seminars to the Institute, and thereby contribute freely to this national research facility for English Language and Literature. The value set upon our work by the British Academy, when viewed in the light of other winners of the President’s Medal, is immensely gratifying. It also rewards the long-term investment of Royal Holloway in building research capacity nationally and internationally for the English subject community.”

The inter-collegiate Faculty of English in London had pressed for an Institute of English Studies from 1949, but, since its establishment, the Institute’s mission has grown with that of the School of Advanced Study (est. 1994). As one of the ten member-Institutes of the School, the Institute is now funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to perform a national Research Promotion and Facilitation mission for the UK in its subject area. The Institute has won a notable series of major externally-funded research project awards from a variety of sources, and with cross-sectoral partners in libraries, museums, archives as well as HEIs,  it sees its research promotion, facilitation and training work as driven by such projects, concentrated in the core areas of Historical Bibliography, the History of the Book, Textual Editing (in a variety of media) and Textual Transmission.