About us

Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) builds on a long-established record of international research collaboration across all of our fields and disciplines.

Designed to enhance both established and emergent international research partnerships and projects, Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies acts as a catalyst and research destination, providing an environment that encourages the development of innovative ideas, dynamic debate and challenging connections through theoretical and practical modes of enquiry.

The IAS hosts Residential and Visiting Fellows from around the world who engage with us through a wide range of research activities during the year. We organise annual Themes (in 2022-23, our Theme is Breathe), Spotlight Series (e.g. Arctic Geopolitics and Pacifism and Nonviolence), Festivals of Ideas (in May 2022:Transitions) and a responsive Open Programme that facilitates smaller-scale international and interdisciplinary research initiatives. In 2020, we launched the IAS Residential Fellowship programme, designed to bring exceptional international scholars, artists, writers and public intellectuals to Loughborough for month-long research residencies, and we are pleased to be welcoming another stellar cohort to the campus during 2022-3.

We welcome conversations with colleagues from within the University and internationally who might be interested in opportunities for participating in our programmes and making connections with Loughborough’s vibrant research community. As we move back to in person activities, we continue to provide ‘Covid-safe’ conditions for work-in-progress seminars, workshops and informal, collegial exchange, so that researchers from both our campuses can get to know the IAS Fellows and hear about their fascinating projects.

IAS Research Legacy and Impact

The Institute was established in 2017 as the flagship initiative of the ‘Here to Stay’ programme of the University’s CALIBRE Research framework.

Our Research Legacy and Impact‌ brochure‌ outlines our achievments so far.