Congratulations to Professor Fiona Sampson, Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton, who has been appointed a Member of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours list for her services to literature and the literary community.
Posted: 31 December 2016
Professor Sampson joined the University in August 2013 as Professor of Poetry in the Department of Englsh and Creative Writing. Shortly after joining she established the Roehampton Poetry Centre, an international hub at the forefront of the national poetry scene.
The Roehampton Poetry Centre, which runs the Roehampton Poetry Prize, hosts visiting writers and scholars, as well as public workshops and events, aiming to make the best poetry accessible and available to all in the community; a commonly occurring theme throughout Professor Sampson's career.
Professor Sampson has published twenty-seven volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language, and has been translated into more than thirty-five languages including Chinese, Russian and French.
"I'm truly honoured, and especially grateful for this sign that literature remains of relevance to the wider community - something that I believe passionately. What an encouragement to keep on writing and working!"
Professor Paul O'Prey CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, said, "Fiona is a truly outstanding poet and a brilliant teacher. This honour is richly deserved and I am delighted for her."
Professor Sampson's sustained contribution to the literary field, and literary community, is not limited to her own works. In addition the Roehampton Poetry Centre, Professor Sampson has spent significant time enabling and promoting other poets and poetry for social causes. She pioneered the development of creative writing in health care and is on the editorial boards of multiple UK and international publications and currently edits POEM, published by the University of Roehampton.
Drama Alumna Nominated for Olivier Award
Drama alumna Rachel John has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton.
Posted: 16 March 2018
Dr James Davies discusses new antidepressant findings on Newsnight
New research into antidepressants has generated much excitement in the media and the psychiatric community. The study has been described as 'finally putting to bed the controversy on antidepressants'. However, Roehampton's Dr James Davies suggests it may not be that simple.
Posted: 23 February 2018
Matt Henry MBE gives keynote at RSU LGBTQ+ Conference
Roehampton Alumnus, Matt Henry is an Olivier Award winning actor for his role in Kinky Boots and has just been awarded an MBE as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List for services to theatre and arts.
Posted: 22 February 2018