History of the Institute

The Institute for Advanced Studies was founded in 1969 within the then Faculty of Arts at the University of Edinburgh by Professor John MacQueen, Professor of Scottish Literature and Oral Tradition (1955-80) and Professor Conrad Hal Waddington, Professor of Animal Genetics (1947-75). Beginning the following year, IASH began to host visitors, and more than a thousand researchers and creative practitioners have since undertaken IASH Fellowships.

Today, IASH serves the 11 Schools of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences by developing people, partnerships, projects and programmes across the College and beyond.

 

Directors of IASH

Professor William Beattie CBE                                                                           1970 – 1980

Keeper of Printed Books in the National Library of Scotland 1931 – 1953; Librarian of the National Library of Scotland 1953 – 1970.

 

Professor David Daiches CBE                                                                            1980 – 1986

Professor of English at Cornell University 1946 – 1951; Lecturer in English and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge 1951 – 1961;  Professor of English at Sussex University 1961 – 1977.

 

Professor Peter Jones                                                                                       1986 – 2000

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Professor John Frow                                                                                         2000 – 2002

Darnell Professor of English at the University of Queensland 1990 – 1999; Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh 2000 – 2004; Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne 2004 – 2012; Professorial Fellow at the University of Sydney.

 

Professor Susan Manning                                                                                  2005 – 2013

Lecturer in English at Newnham College, Cambridge 1984 – 1999; Grierson Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh 1999 – 2013.

 

Professor Pauline Phemister, Deputy Director                                                  2009 – 2012

Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Professor Jo Shaw                                                                                               2014 – 2017

Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Integration at the University of Leeds 1995 – 2011;  Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Manchester 2001 – 2004; Salvesen Chair of European Institutions at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Professor Jolyon Mitchell, Academic Director (Acting Director 2013)                  2014 – 2016

Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Professor Steve Yearley FRSE                                                                                  2017 –

Director of the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum 2006 – 2013; Professor of the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge at the University of Edinburgh.                      

 

 

A detailed history of the Institute, its staff and Fellows is currently under development and we look forward to sharing this in the near future.

 

Professor William Beattie CBE
Prof. William Beattie, IASH's first Director, in 1979