The School of Advanced Study, founded by the University of London in August 1994 as a federation of nine of the University's research institutes in the humanities and social sciences, was officially opened on 15 March 1995.
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The University offersa range of academic and commercial services. Many of these are available to use not only by members of the University community but by the public in general. Whether you are looking to hire facilities or seek careers advice the University of London can help you.
The internationally renowned research libraries located in the Institutes together with the Senate House Library form the Senate House Libraries, a combined collection of almost 3 million volumes. Students in the School have full membership of the Senate House Library and access to any of the Institute-based libraries.
Students may also have access to other specialist London libraries that have close academic links with the School including the British Library, the University of London Institute in Paris, the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Bibliographical Society.
The Schools full-time students are eligible for places in the University of London Intercollegiate Halls of Residence. However, students with disabilities which prevent them from studying on a full-time basis are also eligible to apply.
Students may register for free National Health care with their local GP. Alternatively, the University contracts with the at the Central Institutions Health Service in Gower Street, close to Senate House. An alternative provider is the Bedford Square Medical Center on nearby Bloomsbury Street, telephone: +44 (0) 207 7128.
The University of London Union has excellent facilities for students including advice services, clubs, shops, sports facilities and a swimming pool on Malet Street, which is a very short distance from Senate House.
The Specialist Institutions Careers Service (SICS) provides professional advice and guidance to the Schools students. SICS organises talks, seminars and workshops on career development issues and on job-finding skills and liaises with the School in running events specific to our students. The SICS has a library of occupational information which covers areas, in the UK and overseas, likely to be of interest to the Schools students and includes literature on job-seeking and career development skills, further academic and professional study; videos and DVDs on career development skills, and on professional organisations and employers.
The School and the Institutes outside Senate House have common rooms used by students, academics and research staff providing refreshment facilities and opportunities for informal meetings and conversation. They are located at:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, basement, 17 Russell Square.
Institute of Historical Research, ground floor, North Block, Senate House (shared with the School).
The Warburg Institute, basement, Woburn Square.
Additionally, there is a small cafe selling fresh coffee, sandwiches, pastries and snacks in the North Block of Senate House.
All are accessible for mobility impaired.
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