St. Gallen Symposium Information Session – Tuesday, 27 October


St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2016_PosterWould you like to discuss the world’s most pressing issues with leaders like Kofi Annan, United Nations, Professor Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund or Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore?

If your answer to these questions is “yes”, join the Symposium Information Session on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, in room 1.60 FWB, Waterloo Campus from 18:0019.30 p.m.

Seize your opportunity and qualify as a “Leader of Tomorrow” for the St. Gallen Symposium through our student essay competition for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s premier platform for intergenerational dialogue. The 46th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 11–13 May 2016 under the topic “Growth – the good, the bad, and the ugly”.

The submission deadline for the competition is 1 February 2016. The authors of the 100 best contributions will qualify for the St. Gallen Symposium, which includes the following highlights:

  • Join the debate with 600 top global leaders and decision makers
  • Share your thoughts, ideas and visions with the global elite
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • CHF 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
  • Broad media coverage
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community

Please be advised that in order to be eligible for the essay competition, you must be enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate program (e.g. MasterMBAPh.D.graduate certificates or diplomas) and you must be born in or after 1986. Please note that post-docs are not eligible to apply.

We invite you to have a look at the competition question and requirements at You may also want to share the information about this experience with your friends and follow us on Furthermore, you may get an insight through the videos on our YouTube Channel on

We hope to see you at one of our information sessions to tell you more about the extraordinary possibilities the St. Gallen Symposium offers.

St Gallen Symposium – Deadline 1 February 2015

The deadline for the St. Gallen Symposium’s annual essay competition (St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award) is now less than a month away.

The competition offers postgraduates an opportunity to win a cash prize and expenses-covered participation as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in the 45th St. Gallen Symposium (7-8 May 2015), a great opportunity for your CV.

This year’s essay theme is “Proudly Small” focusing on the importance of smaller units in politics, the economy and the society. Highlights, if you qualify include:

  • Free participation as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in the 45th St. Gallen Symposium
  • Meet 600 distinguished ‘Leaders of Today’: entrepreneurs, top managers, politicians and scientists from more than 60 nations
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Expenses covered (flight, board and lodging)
  • Chance to win the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, endowed with €20,000, including a speech in front of the assembled plenum.

Please note that because the Swiss students who organise the St. Gallen Symposium are seeking to develop a dialogue between young people and older people in positions of influence they have decided it should be open to all graduate and postgraduate students born in 1985 or later.

If you have any questions about this scheme please contact:

Leaders of Tomorrow Team –

Competition details and application procedure can be found here.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 80 PhD studentships available for postgraduate students applying for a doctoral programme in the arts and humanities at one of the three partner institutions: King’s, UCL and the School of Advanced Study. Subject to availability, these awards will cover:

  • tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
  • annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend)

Before applying for a LAHP studentship you must have already applied for admission, LAHP strongly recommends that you submit your admissions application before Friday 16th January 2015.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (September 2015), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining.

LAHP studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the AHRC’s residency requirements. EU students are eligible to apply for LAHP funding on exactly the same basis as UK students. LAHP expects to make full awards (fees and maintenance) to successful EU candidates in 2015.

Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. LAHP encourages cross-supervision between the partner universities; please speak to the supervisors or departments about the possibilities available.

Full eligibility criteria and more information about the application procedure can be found on the London Arts & Humanities Partnership website.

Inventing the Modern Novel

Wednesday 19 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre

Rachel Cusk and Will Self in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi

Acclaimed novelists Rachel Cusk and Will Self will explore the influence of modernist literature on their own work and interrogate what it might mean to be influenced by modernism.  Is modernism more a period of early-twentieth century art or a set of styles?  If the modernist novel still exists today, is it necessarily formally avant-garde? Does it continue Virginia Woolf’s task of tracing ‘the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall’? Does it employ what TS Eliot termed ‘the mythical method’, as ‘a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history’?

This discussion is free and will be followed by a drinks reception.  It is open to the wider public but 150 seats have been set aside for students eligible to enter our Creative Responses to Modernism competition.To book please visit

The Creative Responses to Modernism competition is open to postgraduate students from throughout the UK, and the closing date is Monday 30 March 2015. For details please visit