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UCL Institute of Education leads Mandarin teaching initiative

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UCL Institute of Education leads Mandarin teaching initiative

A new £10 million Mandarin Excellence Programme, led by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), will see at least 5,000 young people on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars

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Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars

Gaia, a European Space Agency satellite designed to unlock the secrets of the birth and evolution of the Milky Way, has released its first wave of data on the positions and brightness for about one billion stars. 

UCL Research finds Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test

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Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test

Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson's disease before its symptoms develop.

Senior academic team appointed for UCL East

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Senior academic team appointed for UCL East

UCL has announced two senior academic appointments to lead the development of the academic strategy for its new UCL East campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford (QEOP). Professor Paola Lettieri (UCL Engineering Sciences) has been appointed Academic Director for UCL East and Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith (UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) will take up the role of Deputy Academic Director.

UCL Consultants appoint a New Senior Project Manager

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New Senior Project Manager

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Clare Berry as our new Senior Project Manager. 

Clare previously worked at Imperial College London as a Scientific Manager for the School of Public Health where she managed scientific, collaborative and consortium-lead research projects across UK and Europe.

Tax diesel cars based on air pollution

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diesel cars

A new report by UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources for Green Budget Europe outlines options for fiscal reform to tackle air pollution from diesel cars.

Training government officials in the latest urban planning approaches

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UCL has, over several years, developed a good relationship with various government departments across China. With world-leading experts in many areas of urban design, and the benefit of being in one of the leading cities in the world, UCL was ideally placed to work with the Chinese government in their urbanisation projects. 

Professor Deborah Gill wins Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award

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Professor Deborah Gill wins Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award

UCL announces 2016 Awards for Entrepreneurship

UCL announced its Awards for Entrepreneurship 2016 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of students and staff in promoting enterprise activity at the university, as well as honouring an external entrepreneur who has given back to society.

UCL-Energy co-authors final report on 'selecting indicators to measure energy poverty' for the European Commission 

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EU Lights

The recently published European Commission (EC) report was co-authored by UCL-Energy Senior Researchers Steve Pye, Ian Hamilton, Paolo Agnolucci and David Grover. This report is part of a European Commission Pilot Project titled: Energy Poverty – Assessment of the Impact of the Crisis and Review of Existing and Possible New Measures in the Member States.  Through this project, the EC aims to support Member States in protecting vulnerable consumers and to address energy poverty by identifying best practices and supporting information exchange. 

Building on UCL’s enterprise success

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Dr Celia Cauldcott

UCL has a long and successful track record of encouraging innovation and enterprise. This support for enterprise activities helps the university deliver the widest possible impact from its research on the economy and society, both in the UK and globally. It also brings individual benefits to our staff and students.

How Huntington's disease research can unlock treatments for other dementias 

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Watch Professor Sarah Tabrizi's (Clinical Neurology Consultant at UCL) lecture on Huntington's disease

Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

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Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique. 

CO2 emissions for every ship for every hour, now that's big data!

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Researchers at UCL Energy Institute use the methodology they developed for the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 and AIS data to estimate emissions from five different ship types and display this in a new interactive map that plots 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet over the course of the year 2012.

UCL scientists nominated as names for polar research ship

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UCL scientists nominated as names for new polar ship

Dr Katharine Giles and Professor Seymour Laxon, both of UCL Earth Sciences, have been proposed as names for a new polar research ship in a public competition run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which closes on 16 April.

"too poor to stay warm" - highlighting fuel poverty

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"too poor to stay warm"

Research led by Dr Jessica Allen (UCL Institute of Health Equity) has suggested that more than 9,000 deaths in 2014-15 were specifically due to living in a cold home. Watch on BBC One's Panorama.

FPSH staff awards 

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Lancet Young Investigator Award

Lancet Young Investigator Award

Congratulations go to Robert Aldridge who jointly received the Lancet Young Investigator Award 2016, and who only recently completed his studies

The world’s social media habits uncovered in new UCL study

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Why we post

Why do we post selfies in England and footies in Chile? Why is social media considered a distraction to education in rural China, yet a valuable learning aid in Brazil? And how quintessentially English are we when it comes to our social media activity? 

UCL launches academic collaboration with Egypt’s New Giza University

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New Giza University

UCL and New Giza University have launched an academic collaboration to support colleagues from the NGU Faculty of Health Sciences to develop and deliver high quality undergraduate medicine, dentistry and pharmacy programmes in the Cairo region.  

DNA ‘building blocks’ pave the way for improved drug delivery

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DNA Block

DNA has been used as a ‘molecular building block’ to construct synthetic bio-inspired pores which will improve the way drugs are delivered and help advance the field of synthetic biology, according to scientists from UCL and Nanion Technologies.

First evidence to suggest that screening for ovarian cancer may save lives

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Ovarian Cancer

New results from the world’s biggest ovarian cancer screening trial led by UCL suggest that screening based on an annual blood test may help reduce the number of women dying from the disease by around 20%.

More than half of England’s poorest citizens risk undetected bowel cancer

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More than half of England’s poorest citizens risk undetected bowel cancer

The study was set up to test ways of narrowing the gap in uptake between rich and poor. The results highlight just how wide this gap currently is, and also provide the first published national figures on bowel screening uptake since the scheme was fully rolled out in 2010.

UCL & Vodafone launch training for a new generation in regulation and public policy

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UCL and Vodafone training for a new generation in regulation and public policy

UCL is working with Vodafone to design, develop and deliver a specialised, professionally-orientated education programme. As part of Vodafone's Academy for Governance and Policy the programme aims to equip those in developing countries with education and qualifications to help raise industry standards in various regulated markets.

International UCL-led study prompts rethink on the rise of diabetes in cities

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diabetes

New research led by UCL for the Cities Changing Diabetes partnership shows socio-cultural factors including time pressure, commuting time and where you live play significant roles in diabetes vulnerability.

UCL professor is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

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Professor John Hardy

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) was last night awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

UCL Consultants turnover increases by 18 percent in 2015

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UCL Consultants

Using big data to map the demographics of Scotland, analysing the psychological factors that enable elite athletes to excel under pressure, and providing testimony about DNA evidence that helped convict a man of murder.

UCL Energy’s Shipping Group & partners win new study for the IMO on the availability of low sulphur fuels for shipping

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IMO New Study

The consulting arm of UCL Energy Institute’s Shipping Group (UMAS), along with a consortium of partners led by CE Delft, has won a study to inform the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decision on whether to implement a global cap on sulphur in 2020 or postpone to 2025.

UCL & UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds

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UCL & UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds

UK supermarkets Iceland, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have today pledged funds from the new levy on single-use carrier bags to support the construction of a new world class dementia research centre at UCL.

UCL Engineering Inspiration: Student Showcase and Networking Event

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IEP

Over the last three years UCL Engineering has been changing the way it teaches to better meet the needs of both students and employers. Through the Integrated

UCL launches neuromarketing course: Educating the marketing industry on how to avoid bad science

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Neuromarketing Brain image

Neuromarketing (sometimes called consumer neuroscience) has become a hot topic in recent years. However, what it can and can't measure is often clouded in hype, and some marketing agencies may be exaggerating what they can do in this field. UCL's new neuromarketing workshop aims to address this issue.

New study shows more than half ignored bowel cancer screening chance

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Bowel Cancer cell

Fewer than half of a group of 21,000 people invited for a bowel cancer screening test took up the offer, even though it may stop them developing the illness, say Cancer Research UK.

The Bartlett & UCL Engineering expand premises to Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2016

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Here East

Next year, UCL will take possession of 3,000 square metres of 10 metre high studio space at Here East which will be used to undertake ground-breaking research in areas including architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement. UCL will also develop new education programmes in creative design, using film and performance as well as robotic and networked screen technologies.

UCL appoints new Vice-Provost for Enterprise

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UCL's new Vice-Provost for Enterprise

Dr Celia Caulcott has been appointed the next Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, with effect from 1 October 2015.

Mapping the People of Scotland

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Scotland

Researchers at UCL have mapped the people of Scotland in unprecedented detail.

The project, ‘DataShine Scotland’, commissioned by National Records of Scotland and the Scottish Government, uses data from Scotland’s Census 2011 to show over 1,000 social characteristics for over 46,000 Scottish areas. These cover everything from health and education through to housing conditions and how people travel to work.

UCL wins DECC contracts for provision of energy expertise

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Wind farm

UCL Consultants has formed a cross-faculty team drawing on staff from the Faculties of the Built Environment,  Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering, in response to an ITT from Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) seeking to establish a Framework contract for the 'Provision of Technical Specialists in Energy'.  Running for four years, it will allow

UCL Consultant of the Year Award 2015

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Dr Tristan Smith

UCL Consultants were delighted to award the Enterprise Award for Consultancy to Dr Tristan Smith from UCL's Energy Institute.

UCL Energy Institute’s shipping group recognised for their applied research work with the maritime industry & launch UMAS, a new vehicle to work further with shipping stakeholders

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Energy Institute

At the 2015 UCL Awards for Enterprise, the shipping group at the UCL Energy Institute, led by Dr Tristan Smith, were presented with the UCL Consultants Award. This award recognises the efforts and accomplishments of UCL’s most innovative and entrepreneurial staff in furthering enterprise through consultancy.

Cutting shipping sector's CO2 Omissions

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IMO Shipping

Cutting the shipping sector’s CO2 emissions in line with global climate change targets will need an approach that goes beyond current regulations, according to a new report by researchers from the Shipping in Changing Climates Consortium at UCL and the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester.

MedCity - driving industry and innovation

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Spectrometers

London's leading universities on how their consultancy arms are working with industry and governments to provide access to specialist expertise and facilities in a practical, focused and convenient way.

Men donate competitively on women’s fundraising webpages

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Marathon Runners

Men give more money through fundraising websites after seeing that other men have donated large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman, according to new UCL and University of Bristol research.

UCL teaming up for a cleaner Europe

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Triple E Consulting, as lead partner, in collaboration with ARCADIS Belgium, Technopolis Group and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), has been selected by the European Environment Agency as single-operator in providing them with expert assistance with indicators, analysis, assessments and policy evaluation in support of the 7th Environmental Action Programme.

Professor Stephen Caddick appointed to Executive Board of the Wellcome Trust

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Professor Steve Caddick

Professor Stephen Caddick has been appointed as Director of the Innovations division at The Wellcome Trust, it is announced today. Professor Caddick, who is currently Vice Provost (Enterprise and London) at UCL, succeeds Dr Ted Bianco, who retires from the Trust later this year.

Philanthropy month at UCL

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Benthamselfie

UCL is where philanthropy helps big ideas to take root, grow and blossom.

UCL was established through philanthropy and today, donations from individuals continue to support academic programmes, scholarships and the UCL estate. Over 8,000 people give a regular gift of anywhere between £3 and millions, and alumni and friends volunteer in numerous activities which help current students, UCL’s world class research and fellow graduates.Philanthropic work at UCL isn’t just about supporting projects, but principles: to break down barriers; to provide opportunities; to challenge convention; and to solve problems. Since 1826, donors to UCL have helped us remain true to our founding principles of innovation, accessibility and relevance.Philanthropy Month

New technique doubles the distance of optical fibre communications

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Optic Fiber

A new way to process fibre optic signals has been demonstrated by UCL researchers, which could double the distance at which data travels error-free through transoceanic sub-marine cables.

UCL Founding Member of Alan Turing Institute for Data Science

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Alan Turing

UCL will be one of five academic partners for the new Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. Based at the new King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter, the national Institute will draw together computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and more to work on this key driver for the economy.

By 2050 no one under 80 will be dying from cancer, study says UCL Cancer Study

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Cancer Image

New research shows a daily low-dose aspirin is the single most effective action to protect against cancer

Professor Paul Ekins is Awarded OBE

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Professor Paul Ekins

We are delighted to announce that Professor Paul Ekins, Director of UCL ISR and Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, has been awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to environmental policy. 

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014 

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REF2014

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. 

UCL announces second campus – UCL East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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UCL East

UCL is to build a new second campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to form part of a wider Education and Cultural Quarter following the government's announcement of £141m in support of the project.

Tianjin and Shanghai join Cities Changing Diabetes on World Diabetes Day

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Infographic showing increase in diabetes in China in recent years

The two cities are the first Chinese cities to join the initiative, joining Houston, Texas, which joined the imitative earlier this month, along with Mexico City and Copenhagen, both of which joined earlier this year.

UCL-Lancet Commission argues that “health is as much about caring as it is about curing" 

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Lancet Commission

The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet.

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