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Treasury eyes UCL graduate’s road charging scheme as he returns for celebration

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Gergely Raccuja, the UCL graduate who won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize with his road-charging scheme, returned to UCL for a celebratory lecture and dinner.

UCL joins with top Chinese university to train world leaders of the future

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A UCL academic with an illustrious Chinese ancestry has forged new links with China’s top university by designing a course that will help teach future potential leaders from the West about China’s history and culture.

UCL hosts event on conserving contemporary art

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As part of UCL Art Museum’s exhibition The composition has been reversed, a group including curators, artists, a historian and a conservator met yesterday to discuss issues unique to the conservation of contemporary art.

Orwell statue unveiled at BBC HQ

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A statue of Eric Blair, pen name George Orwell, whose archive is kept at UCL, will be unveiled at BBC HQ today.

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

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UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

UCL professor and sculptor Edward Allington dies

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Sculptor, artist and UCL professor Edward Allington who taught and inspired a generation of artists including some of Britain’s most famous modern sculptors has died at the age of 66.

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

Music strikes a chord with great writers

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Music is identified as a key influence on great poets and novelists of the past century in a landmark book by Professor Dominic Wyse (UCL Institute of Education). The book, "How Writing Works" is being discussed at the British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) conference this week.

UCL graduate wins 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize

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A recent graduate from UCL has won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize, for a plan to improve Britain’s roads.

UCL academics elected to British Academy

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Four members of the UCL community have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, in recognition of their outstanding research.

UCL community recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

UCL leads UK with most Philip Leverhulme Prize winners

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Five researchers from UCL Geography, UCL Economics, UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, UCL Computer Science and the UCL Bartlett Developmental Planning Unit have been awarded 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

The Orwell Prize moves to UCL

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Prestigious political writing award The Orwell Prize has moved to the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

‘The New EU Flag’: art installation at UCL

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A striking gold flag made from foil blankets used by refugees has been raised on the flagpole above the UCL portico. The piece is by UCL Slade School of Fine Art student Mariana Bisti. 

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2016

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Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours list.

Research Images as Art/Art images as Research: 2015/16 winners announced

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A diverse and fascinating series of images were unveiled as the winners of the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2015/16, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

Tribute to Professor Lisa Jardine

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We are deeply saddened to share the news that Professor Lisa Jardine CBE FRS passed away on Sunday 25 October 2015.

Lack of government data-sharing hindering social mobility research

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Better sharing of routinely collected data could accelerate progress towards improving social mobility and reducing child poverty, as well as generate significant financial savings, according to a new UCL report published today.

Watching you watching Bentham: The PanoptiCam

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This month sees the launch of PanoptiCam, an online camera that streams the live view from Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon in the South Cloisters.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: winners announced

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A striking image demonstrating the science behind a flock of starlings in flight has been announced as the winner of this year’s Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

Discovery of ‘drunk and incapable’ arrest record shows Orwell’s ‘honesty’

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A court record unearthed in a London archive detailing George Orwell's 1931 conviction for being ‘drunk and incapable’ confirms his account of the incident, lending foundation to the lore surrounding Orwell’s truthfulness as a writer.

UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

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UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have today confirmed that they will be merging with effect from 2 December. The merger will create a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn.

Publishers address concerns on ‘total cost of ownership’ of e-resources

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UCL welcomes the news that two major academic publishers are tackling the issue of subscription costs and the level of article-processing charges (APCs).

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