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Artist creates paint pigments from coal mine sludge

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 An innovative UCL artist has hit a rich seam of life in old coal mine water and created five new commercial fine art paint colours, which will be launched at a ground-breaking exhibition this month (April).

UCL continues to perform strongly in QS subject rankings

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UCL has 12 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, improving upon last year’s position with Life Sciences and Arts & Humanities joining the top 10.

UCL’s Jeremy Bentham joins exhibition in New York

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UCL has mounted a meticulously-planned operation to enable its spiritual forebear Jeremy Bentham to achieve in death what he always wanted to do in life: visit America.

UCL Art Museum celebrates forgotten women

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A new exhibition at UCL Art Museum entitled Prize & Prejudice reveals how young female artists won all the prizes at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in 1918, the year women won the vote, only for many of them to disappear from sight. 

Turner Prize winner and London fine art duo to create world class artworks at UCL

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Turner Prize winning sculptor Rachel Whiteread is returning to the university where she learned her craft to create an artwork that will be a centrepiece of UCL’s new multi-million pound student centre.

UCL turns clock back to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella as part of research celebration of 1960s films

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The clock was turned back to 1968  at a London cinema this week as part of the culmination of a three-year project by UCL academics to record, analyse, archive  and publicise the memories of almost a thousand people across the UK about what it was like to go to the cinema in the 1960s.

Lisa Milroy’s solo exhibition at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is hosting a major solo exhibition of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art’s Head of Graduate Painting, Lisa Milroy.

Leverhulme Trust recognises UCL research excellence 

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The Leverhulme Trust has recognised the excellence of UCL’s research, funding a doctoral training programme as well as making fifteen awards to academics to further their work in a wide range of fields including the study of the genes in yeast, chemistry and English literature.

A tribute to Randolph Quirk, a “towering UCL intellect”

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The great British linguist, life peer and UCL scholar Baron Randolph Quirk has died at the age of 97. He passed away on Wednesday night.

Storytellers promoted co-operation among hunter-gatherers before advent of religion

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Storytelling promoted co-operation in hunter-gatherers prior to the advent of organised religion, a new UCL study reveals.

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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Leverhulme prize winners from UCL

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. 

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