The Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study (SAS) is seeking two new representatives for its Advisory Council. The Council meets three times per academic year and oversees the governance of the Institute. The Council has members from University of London member institutions, libraries, and from institutions both internal and external to the higher education sector. Having representative members from all aspects of the discipline is important to the Institute. Members will normally be appointed to the Council for a term of 3 years.

As SAS’s remit is national, it is important that the IES Council has strong representation from across the UK and from all the various subjects that comprise English Studies. We welcome applications from postgraduates in particular. We also welcome applications from colleagues with research and teaching interests in literatures, languages and linguistics, creative writing, open access, and decolonial/world literatures, as well as from librarians and those who work with publishers or in publishing.

The role of the Advisory Council is to offer impartial advice on the Institute’s strategy, policy and operations, and to ensure that the IES works nationally and internationally on behalf of English Studies. The Council also offers advice on the IES’s academic functions, monitors its national role, and acts as a sounding board for new plans and ideas. The Chair of the Council is Professor David Amigoni, Professor of Victorian Literature, Keele University.

To apply for this role please email the Institute Manager, Ildiko Olah ( with;
-Short (1 page) CV
-300 words max on why you would like this position, including what your contribution to the Council will be.

Criteria for selection will focus on the strengths of individual applicants but also address the need for balance as far as possible in terms of HEI type and location, specialism, and diversity of membership. IES recognises that postgraduates and early career applicants are unlikely to have as full a range of experience and achievement as more established colleagues and this will be recognised in selection. The Institute is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds, including Black and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Any questions please email the Institute Manager. Candidates will be reviewed by a panel made up of an Advisory Council member, the Council Chair, and the Director of the Institute of English Studies. Deadline to apply is 29th February 2024.
Candidates will learn the outcome of their application by 26th March 2024.

Please note that the Council usually arranges to hold one meeting online, and to host one hybrid meeting and one in person in Senate House in London.