Disclaimer: Below are a series of notices sent in by UCL alumni. UCL is not responsible for their content. The views expressed, unless specifically stated, are not those of UCL.
Posted 10 December 2014
Rodney Croft writes
I was a medical student at The Middlesex from 1965-1968 having come down from Cambridge. I worked at The Middlesex Hospital in a number of surgical posts up to 1980 when I was appointed Consultant Surgeon at The North Middlesex Hospital. I have written a book entitled 'Churchill's Final Farewell- The State and Private Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill' with Foreword by Andrew Roberts. It is the first book ever written with its sole subject the death and State and Private funeral of Churchill. It covers all aspects of State and Ceremonial Funerals and 'Operation Hope Not' the secret code name for Churchill's Funeral arrangements. I have had access to Archive material which has never been printed before in the public domain and interviewed the Late Duke of Marlborough who as the then Marquis of Blandford greeted the mourners on to the train at Waterloo after the service at St. Paul's. I also cover why Waterloo station was chosen as the departure point, the story of some special Champagne on the train with a personal message form Churchill. There is also an interesting story of the interment at Bladon. The book is available an an ebook on kindle, Kobo,iTunes and epub and in paperback from amazon.
Posted 22 October 2014
Aman Chandra writes:
Aman Chandra was awarded the Syme medal 2014 from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his PhD thesis entitled “The genetic associations of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments and ectopia lentis” (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 2014). The Syme Medal is a prestigious mark of excellence awarded by the College on the basis of a recently submitted thesis.
As part of the thesis, the first genetic determinant for complex rhegmatogenous retinal detachment was discovered (HMG 22(15):3174-85). Furthermore, a novel phenotype was demonstrated clinically and genetically (JAMA Ophthalmology 132(8):996-1001). His work also defined for the first time the genotypic/ phenotypic relationships of the two genes which cause ectopia lentis (IOVS 53(8):4889-96). The ocular expression of the most important gene and protein in isolated ectopia lentis was also demonstrated (BJO 97(9):1208-12). His collaborations have extended internationally, and will continue to help understand the genetic aetiology of these and associated conditions.
Posted 23 July 2014
Mark Trayling (UCL Economics 2002) writes:
Dr. Marcus Ranney completed his Bachelors of Science and Medical degrees from University College Medical School in London. After practicing clinical medicine in London he made the transition to Mumbai where he worked worked across the entire spectrum of the healthcare and life sciences. Drawing upon his medical training, scientific knowledge and research background, he works to advise and develop concepts and strategies for a variety of international businesses.
Through his hard work over the past five years during his tenure in India, and commitment to improving healthcare access and delivery, Marcus has recently been appointed to the position of a 'Global Shaper' by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Established by the WEF, the Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference to the world.
His personal mission upon this appointment is continue to work towards improving the healthcare domain in India as well as increasing the global awareness of Mumbai by supporting professional cross cultural mobility to improve relations across continents.
Marcus has very fond memories of his many years studying at UCL and truly appreciates the great foundation that studying at this world class institution provided for his career. Marcus continues to be an active member within the UCL alumni network and we wish him our very best for his new role!.
Posted 18 November 2013
UCL Geography alumna Jennifer Gomez Molina has achieved outstanding success with VerdErg Renewable Energy Ltd in developing the Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technology (VETT for short) and its ambition to be an environmentally considerate hydropower solution. Jennifer was able to apply the research outcomes of her masters thesis "Numerical modelling of pressure transients in hydropower systems" to conduct an environmental testing programme to assess fish survivability during passage through a full scale VETT prototype from which VerdErg acquired audited evidence that all fish survived. A fine example of how knowledge acquired at UCL feeds into research and development in industry.
Posted 5 October 2012
Samantha Paget (French & Italian, 2002) writes:
I have recently started a nutrition and lifestyle consultancy based in central London. At Paget & Coles (http://pagetandcoles.com/) we run a clinic on Harley Street, where we consult privately with clients looking to support their health through nutritional and lifestyle management. We are offering 20% off the consultation fee throughout the month of October.
We also design educational workshops and seminars for small groups as well as large companies. Please contact us should you be interested in any more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 22 August 2012
Peter Cave (Philosophy, 1972) has a new book out, Philosophy: a beginner's guide. The current UCL Grote Professor of Mind and Logic, Paul Snowden, applauds how it covers the subject 'with clarity, with wit but also with profundity. There is no better introduction to the subject'. Using witty and whimsical examples, including stoical sofas and Reg, the “regular” human, who just happens to carry his brain in a rucksack, Peter provides a welcome antidote to the dry textbook while covering everything from political philosophy and free will to points of logic and the meaning of life.
Posted 24 July 2012
Maria Juliana Moraes de Araujo, MSc Experimental Medicine (Part-Time) writes
Project Title: Title of Project: Public Views on the Limits to Broad Consent with Particular Regard to Commercial Involvement in Research
As a requirement for the completion of the MSc Course in Clinical and Experimental Medicine at UCL, we are conducting a qualitative study with interviews to ascertain people’s knowledge and engagement in health research in the UK as well as people’s perceptions about the use of generic consent in commercial studies.
For this, we need volunteers who:
• Are adults aged 18 and over
• Are male and female participants.
• Have ability to give free and informed consent.
• Have full ability to understand, speak and read in English
• Have access to a telephone handset.
The study will consist of telephone interviews with open-questions on subjects related to the conduct of health research in the UK and a final demographic questionnaire that will help the MSc student identify trends or differences in opinions on the research topic.
All research-related data will be kept in strict confident and will be destroyed at the end of the study. The research findings will be communicated to the research participants in a form of a lay summary.
Interviews will take place at an agreed date time by the research and the participants.
For further information or to participate please contact Juliana Araujo at via telephone or email on +44 (0) 7957407795 or Juliana.email@example.com Feel free to pass this onto anyone else who may be interested.
Posted 25 May 2012
Mariarosa Mazza, UCL School of Pharmacy writes:
I'm a researcher at the UCL School of Pharmacy involved with an Italian networking group based in London (PIL - Professionisti Italiani a Londra) and would like to contact Italian alumni of UCL. The group is for Professional Italians in London and its mission is to connect, promote and stimulate collaboration among the members.
Our mission is to:
connect the Italian professionals living in the London area,
promote networking among members and collaborations with academia and the industry,
create a bridge with the existing international communities of Italian professionals worldwide and Italy.
Through a platform of social events, our aim is to create effective and stimulating opportunities for collaboration among Italian professionals, entrepreneurs and researchers, to expand their professional and personal network to advance in their careers and endeavours. PIL is made up of a multiscidiplinary community of Italian professionals. PIL was founded in 2011 by me and some other young London based Italian professionals with different educational and professional backgrounds, inspired and encouraged by PIB (Professionisti Italiani a Boston).
PIB, started in 2009 and began to promote the growth of similar groups in different cities(New York, Chicago, Madrid, London, Washington, Philadelphia).As of May 2012, PIL counts over 160 members.
On linkedin we can be found as