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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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Birds of a Feather by Chris Falla (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)

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.

Changing London’s cycling infrastructure will improve safety

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London and other cities in Britain could be made safer for cyclists finds a study by researchers at UCL and Loughborough University. The report commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), makes recommendations which could be implemented using £913 million earmarked by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson to improve cycle safety in the capital and increase the number of cyclists four-fold by 2026, say the scientists behind the study.

‘London: the Information Capital’ showcases UCL data and mapping research

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London: The Information Capital

A new book bursting with London maps and infographics, published last week, is the result of a year of intense work by Dr James Cheshire (UCL Geography) and designer Oliver Uberti.

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).

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

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Students at UCL

Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.

A tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall (1932-2014)

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Professor Sir Peter Hall

Today we received with sadness the news of the passing of our dear colleague, friend, and outstanding planner and academic, Professor Sir Peter Hall. Please find a tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall, written by Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Built Environment), commemorating his life and career below:

Climate scientists need professional body, says UCL policy commission

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Time for Change Report

Climate scientists need to establish a professional body to help define their roles, values and practices to satisfy society’s needs, and to provide guidance to improve their training and development, according to a report published today by the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science. 

UCL submits plans to transform Wates House

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Wates House Dusk View

UCL has submitted a planning application to transform Wates House for The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Prominent social theorist to head new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

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Professor Henrietta Moore

A bold bid to uncover an alternative to the current failed model of economic growth is being launched via the establishment of a new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, led by the renowned anthropologist Professor Henrietta L. Moore.

UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament

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SET for Britain group

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition.

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

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Green Economy

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair.

Vermeer expert comments on Bafta-nominated film Tim’s Vermeer

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Philip Steadman

In 2001 Professor Philip Steadman (UCL Energy Institute & UCL Bartlett Schoo of Graduate Studies) published a book called Vermeer's Camera, about the evidence for the great 17th century Dutch painter using a camera obscura to make his pictures.

New ‘culture’ needed for better collaborative heritage science research

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Margate Newgate Gap

A working culture and longer-term approach to funding that reflects the changing landscape of heritage science is essential for delivering impactful research, a team representing several of the UK’s foremost cultural and academic institutions has found.

The Bartlett School of Architecture announces new director

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Bob Sheil

The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Bob Sheil as new Director of the School, effective from January 2014. 

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.

Bartlett students make clean sweep of 2013 RIBA President's Medals

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RIBA dissertation panel

Three UCL Bartlett School of Architecture students, Ben Hayes, Ness Lafoy and Tamsin Hanke, were announced the winners of the RIBA President’s Medals last night.

UCL student and alumni Haiti school project reaches crowdfunding stage

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Haiti school girls

Haiti’s education system was thrown into disarray after the 2010 earthquake displaced nearly a million people from their homes and turned tens of thousands of buildings into rubble.

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).

United Nations recognise climate adaptation project in Mozambique

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DPU Mozambique

A UCL-led project dedicated to empowering the urban poor to design and implement activities to adapt to climate change in Maputo, Mozambique, has been recognised as one of the 2013 Lighthouse Activities 2013 under the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations.

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.

Dali gets a health check: using medical devices to diagnose art

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Scientists and conservators have developed a new method to diagnose painting canvases from the back, without disturbing a single fibre, to see if they can withstand the stress of handling and travel.

Innovative designs at the Bartlett Summer Show 2013

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The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL will present innovative designs in its annual student showcase the Bartlett Summer Show from 21–29 June.

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.

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