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UCL reaches top 10 in Guardian's UK university league table

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UCL is now ranked tenth in The Guardian's university league table for 2018. UCL departments ranked highly in numerous subject tables, notably the UCL Slade School of Fine Art ranking first in Art, while UCL was in the top five in eight other subject areas: Forensic Science & Archaeology (2nd), Classics & Ancient History (3rd), Architecture (3rd), Building and town and country planning (3rd), English & Creative Writing (4th), Psychology (5th), Anthropology (5th) and Mathematics (5th). Read: The Guardian

Is Labour party’s plan to raise corporation tax a good idea?

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment) comments on debates around raising the corporation tax, saying that a low corporation tax isn't the best way to attract investment. Read: Financial Times

Brussels plans to saddle UK with EU nuclear waste

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on plans that will mean nuclear waste, currently stored in Britain but owned by Euratom, will shift to UK control. Read: The Financial Times

Tax and the budget deficit

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Faculty of the Built Environment) talks about the UK economy, tax and invest investment-led growth in the context of the forthcoming election. Listen: BBC Radio 4, Today programme (from 31 minutes)More: Watch BBC Two, Newsnight (from 8 minutes, 30 secs) 

LGBT London: what venue closures mean for the capital's future

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An article about the closure of LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London includes quotes from a report on the issue by the UCL Urban Laboratory. Read: The Guardian

Toshiba's US nuclear problems provide cautionary tale for UK

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that the deepening crisis at Toshiba has showed the need for ministers to consider a new energy policy.
Read: Guardian

Energy giant EDF board votes against motion that could close power plant

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) is interviewed about a French energy firm that has voted against a motion that could lead to the closure of France's oldest nuclear power plant. Listen: BBC World Service 'Newshour' (from 26 mins 41 secs)

Scientists sniff out a whiff of the past

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Cecilia Bembibre and Professor Matija Strlic (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) are conducting a research project documenting and archiving the aromas of old books. Read: The Times (£), Watch: BBC NewsMore: Daily Mail, ITV News, The Guardian, Popular Science, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, The Atlantic

Energy projects including Hinkley Point threatened by Brexit, experts warn

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says that securing energy cooperation with Europe is vital for Brexit negotiators. Read: The Guardian

Collapse of nuclear firm could deal blow to UK’s nuclear plans

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on what the collapse of Westinghouse Electric, a subsidiary of Toshiba, could mean for nuclear energy in the UK. Read: The Guardian

Government's bungled handling of nuclear decommissioning deal hits Babcock

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the challenges of managing the cleanup of nuclear sites. Read: The Telegraph

Food trade drains global water sources at 'alarming' rates

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A study led by Dr Carole Dalin (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) found that the global food trade is depleting water sources in much of the world at a far faster rate than they can be replenished. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail

Leapfrogging into the light

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Imaduddin Ahmed (UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management) writes about how off-grid solar home systems are helping the Rwandan government switch its role from energy provider to facilitator and regulator of private-sector provision. Read: Financial Times

Inspectors find safety irregularities at Creusot nuclear forge in France

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on safety irregularities found at a nuclear forge in France that has made parts for the UK's Hinkley Point power station. Read: The Guardian

U-shaped skyscraper in New York

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Professor emeritus Peter Cook (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) talks about ‘The Big Bend’, a U-shaped skyscraper in New York. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Outside Source’ (from 43 mins 14 secs)

Cleaning up Fukushima

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the challenges of cleaning up waste after nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima. Listen: BBC World Service 'Newsday' (from 46 mins 50 secs)

Satellite destinations compete with suburbs

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Professor Laura Vaughan (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) comments on outer suburbs that include not only commuters but also a large portion of residents working within their borough. Read: Financial Times

British scientists face a ‘huge hit’ if the US cuts climate change research

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the importance of American government funding for climate change research. Read: The Guardian

Cruise holidays: who is leading the fleet for sustainable sea travel?

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the lack of consistent environmental regulations for the global shipping industry. Read: The Guardian

Tax fears over diesel cars have seen sales plummet

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Paul Drummond (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) is mentioned for calling on the UK government to raise the registration tax on diesel cars. Read: The Sun

Inside the Industry Building Trump's America Brick by Brick

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A book about concrete by professor emeritus Adrian Forty (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) is referenced. Read: The Atlantic

'Play' in urban design

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Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL Urban Laboratory) discusses how play can be incorporated into the design of cities. Listen: BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking'

Tomorrow's cities - nightmare vision of the future?

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Professor Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) comments on the interconnectedness of the built environment of cities. Read: BBC News

One Job the Robots Can Have: Cleaning Nuclear Waste

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the long-term challenges of cleaning up nuclear sites. Read: Bloomberg

Could Toshiba be about to back out of the nuclear energy industry?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on why Toshiba's nuclear branch has had so much trouble, in a week when they announce losses of more than $6 billion. Listen: BBC World Service 'Business Matters' (from 17 mins 42 secs)

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