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Medical Poetics: call for entries for Yale-UCL Medicine poetry competition

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This year's Yale-UCL poetry competition is now open for entries from medical students looking to render their Aesculapian experiences in verse… and win £1000. The upcoming deadline is Saturday, 10 May 2014 and the winner(s) will be announced at the end of July.

Tribute to Captain Jerry Roberts MBE

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Captain Jerry Roberts at UCL

Captain Jerry (Raymond C.) Roberts – one of the last of a top World War Two codebreaking team at Bletchley Park – has died, aged 93, following a short illness. Professor Susanne Kord (UCL German) pays tribute below:

IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

The Institute of Education (IOE) and UCL today announced that they are to begin consultation on a proposed merger.

UCL Art Museum awarded grant from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

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UCL Art Museum is one of 40 museums across England who will benefit from grants designed to fund improvements that increase access and enhance the display of exhibits, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today.

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

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Muscle Fibres of the Heart

A striking image showing the spiral structure of heart muscle fibres in minute detail is the overall winner of this year’s Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition, run by the UCL Graduate School.

UCL top in research council income

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UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

Wolfson Foundation renews support for Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

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The Wolfson Foundation has renewed funding for their scholarship programme, which was launched last year, to support postgraduate students in the humanities at UCL.

Crowdsourcing the Slade: call to help complete class photo archive

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The Slade School of Fine Art has a fascinating, but currently incomplete, collection of annual class photographs dating from 1931. A new project, led by the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, is appealing for help to identify the sitters in the photos and complete the collection.

Striking research images sought for UCL competition

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Does your research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal? If so, consider entering the annual ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ competition and exhibition.

UCL Digital Humanities launch text analysis app

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A free smartphone app that allows people to explore the relationships between words in text via an intuitive interface was launched by academics at UCL this week.

Portrait of a Young Woman to be included in Art Everywhere

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UCL Art museum is proud to announce that Portrait of a Young Woman, a painting from our collection by artist Winifred Knights, will be included in Art Everywhere, a vast exhibition of the nation's favourite British art that will go on display on thousands of poster and billboard sites across the UK, from 12-25 August 2013.

The Trappings of Trade: Osterley House reveals its gems from the East

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Stunning Japanese-lacquered chests, Gujarati fabrics and fine Chinese porcelain are some of the distinctive objects displayed in a new exhibition co-curated by UCL researchers, National Trust staff and volunteers at Osterley Park and House in west London.

Bentham’s personal correspondence to be digitised for first time

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Thousands of letters revealing a far more personal side of the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham and his family are set to be digitised as part of the UCL Transcribe Bentham project, uniting the entire collection of Bentham’s manuscripts for the first time since his death in 1832.

UCL launches new BA in Ancient Languages

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UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin have announced a new BA in Ancient Languages which will enable students to study an unparalleled range of ancient languages and textual traditions for the first time in the UK.

UCL Anthropology hosts summer school

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Last month the UCL Anthropology opened its doors and store cupboards to 16 students from the UCL Academy for a two-day summer school. 

UCL software reveals Ulster’s forgotten history in fire-damaged book

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Researchers from UCL have used specially designed software to digitise the Great Parchment book, a crucial historical text documenting the City of London’s role in 17th century Ulster that was previously unreadable for over 200 years due to fire damage.

Grant Museum taken over by artists for Sculpture Season

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Adorn My Sleep

Sculpture Season at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL opens this week. 13 emerging artists from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art have been invited to re-curate the Museum’s spaces with their own sculptures, interpretations and installations.

UCL Festival of the Arts: Q&A with Professor Jonathan Wolff

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With the UCL Festival of the Arts running from 7 - 17 May, UCL News spoke to Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy), Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, about the festival, and the importance of celebrating the arts at the time when many courses at other institutions are under threat.

Sounds of UCL: competition winners and panoramas

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What sounds make up London’s global university? UCL Communications has announced the winners of its ‘Sounds of UCL’ competition, which invited staff and students to capture ambient audio clips that reflect the life of UCL.

Getting into Digital Humanities: A free afternoon workshop for undergraduates at UCL

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UCL undergraduates are invited to a free, half day workshop by the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities on Wednesday 24 April 2013.

UCL Open Access Guidelines and Publishing Guide

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UCL guidelines on open access and a publishing guide are available to UCL researchers.

The RCUK Policy on Open Access introduces, with effect from 1 April 2013, new open access requirements for research papers funded by the Research Councils.

UCL project uncovering hidden gems in Slade Archive

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A new project between the Slade School of Fine Art and UCL Centre for Digital Humanities is exploring and mapping hidden gems from the Slade Archive. 

Flaxman Exchange offers new perspectives on UCL collections

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A unique collaboration between UCL Art Museum and performance artist Marcia Farqhuar will explore the UCL Flaxman Gallery and the stories connected with renowned neoclassicist John Flaxman.

Uncovering Britain’s hidden links to slavery

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Historians from UCL have produced the first freely accessible database of Britons involved in slave-ownership. The resource will help people explore their family, local and regional histories, and help increase understanding about a national past that is often obscured. 

Help UCL Art museum in national BBC campaign

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Portrait of a Man - Unknown artist

UCL Art Museum has been chosen by the BBC to help spearhead their project to highlight the UK’s collection of oil paintings and the stories behind them.

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