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.
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Posted: 14 February 2017
Students graduate alongside Honorary, Sharath Jeevan
London Southbank's Royal Festival Hall played host to Roehampton's Winter Graduation on Monday 23rd January, where 350 graduands celebrated the completion of their studies. Sharath Jeevan, founder and Chief Executive Office of STiR Education, was in attendance as he became an Honorary Doctor of the University.
Posted: 24 January 2017
New research reveals some psychiatric drugs are overprescribed twelvefold
According to research by Dr James Davies and Dr Todd Rae from Roehampton's Department of Life Sciences, over a quarter of a million people in the UK have been using Benzodiazepines, which treat a range of conditions including anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders, for at least twelve times longer than the recommended period of two to four weeks.
Posted: 18 January 2017