UCL Development & Alumni Relations
World class research at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation made possible by £5m donation
Publication date: 30 September 2014
Pears Foundation, a family foundation based in Hampstead, has pledged £5 million to The Royal Free Charity, its largest ever single donation, to provide a core element of the funding for a new building which will become home to the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation.
Publication date: 22 September 2014
Lloyds Scholar aims to stand out from the graduate job crowd
Lloyds Scholar Jennifer Carpenter appeared in the Daily Mail recruitment section last week talking about her experience of combining study and work experience.
UCL Alumnus named as Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year
Publication date: 29 August 2014
UCL Alumnus Kayin Dawoodi (UCL Structural Engineering, 2006), has been awarded the Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year Award 2014. This award is presented annually to recognise outstanding young talent in the engineering profession and raise awareness about the vital role played by structural engineers – the guardians of public safety.
Kayin, who has been an engineer for seven and a half years, was presented with the award in recognition of his work with US Charity, Bridges to Prosperity through the 2013 Arup “BridgeTOOL” Project. This project saw Kayin lead a team to construct a fifty metre long suspension bridge across the Muregeya River in Western Rwanda. This pilot project hopes to become the template for of a range of engineering learning resources, designed to empower similar communities in developing nations around the world.
“Working on the BridgeTOOL project was an incredible experience. It changed the lives of thousands of people in the area and shows how invaluable safe, engineering truly is - and how much we take it for granted at home. It’s a great honour to be presented with this Award and I would like to thank everyone at the Institution of Structural Engineers for their interest in my work.”
Award Judge Dr David Vesey spoke warmly of Kayin’s achievement, saying:
“Our congratulations must go to Kayin for what the judges agreed was the outstanding entry in a very strong competition. It is a wonderful example of how engineers can deliver the most astonishing lift to communities in developing nations through volunteering their time on apparently simple projects – and illustrates how crucial such skills are to the progress of such countries. Kayin's bridge design was elegant and we look forward to seeing BridgeTOOL grow and prosper in the coming years.”
UCL alumnus and Bletchley Park codebreaker dies aged 93
Publication date: 27 March 2014
World War II codebreaker Captain Jerry Roberts (UCL German 1941) has died at the age of 93 following a short illness.
He graduated from the UCL German department in 1941, and was referred by the then UCL Head of German, Professor Leonard Willoughby (himself a WWI codebreaker), to work at Bletchley Park.
UCL Provost visits East Asia for the first time
Publication date: 5 March 2014
UCL Donors help fund a forgotten treatment for TB
Publication date: 13 February 2014
UCL donors John and Ann – Margaret Walton have made possible research to progress the understanding of tuberculomucin, a potential alternative treatment for TB that was invented before the Second World War.
The research taking place at the UCL Divisions of Infection and Immunity, and Medicine along with the UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies aims to explore the mode of action of tuberculomucin to assess its viability as an alternative treatment for TB. Dr Freidrich Weleminsky developed it as a possible cure for TB in the early 20th Century. Historians and scientists will work together to understand the history of tuberculomucin as a TB treatment in the pre-antibiotic period and its possible application today.
Our research so far indicates that tuberculomucin had potential, but the start of the Second World War and discovery of antibiotics meant that the treatment was “lost”. In 2011, UCL was approached by Dr Weleminsky’s granddaughter, Dr Charlotte Jones, a retired GP who described her grandfather's treatment for TB. Today, certain strains of TB are now becoming resistant to the antibiotics we use to treat them, and alternative approaches need to be found urgently.
The generous gift from the Waltons will continue driving this project forward to identify new ways of treating TB, which after HIV/AIDS is the second largest single infectious agent in the world, affecting nearly 9 million people per year and killing more than 1 million.
‘Tuberculomucin – a forgotten treatment – may give us a powerful new method of combatting this ancient but continually burdensome disease which has always claimed more lives amongst the young and economically active than any other age group’
Slade Alumni on show in 2014
Publication date: 6 February 2014
4 February 2014
The UCL Slade School of
Fine Art and the UCL alumni team is proud to report that in 2014 Slade
alumni will be displaying a large and hugely varied body of work at
venues across the country.
Derek Jarman (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1992) was a painter, filmmaker, set designer, diarist, poet, gardener, activist and his work across many areas and media was recognized for its continual innovative nature and its sense of daring.
This year, his work is being presented in two exhibitions that celebrate his life and work and mark the 20th Anniversary of his death. Blue is at the Tate Modern until the 6 April 2014 and a large, immersive exhibition is on display at Kings College London until the 9 March 2014.
The Tate Modern will also house the first ever comprehensive look at the work of Richard Hamilton (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1951), seen by many to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, and a founding figure of the pop art movement.
Alumna, Phyllida Barlow (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1966) has been invited to create the Tate Gallery Duveen Commission for 2014, supported by Sotheby’s. This commission will unveil her biggest and most ambitious work to date on 31 March 2014.
British artist Martin Creed (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1990) now has a retrospective open at the Southbank Centre, London. Known for his playful and thought-provoking work which crosses all artistic media, including music, he won the Turner Prize in 2001 and has gained global recognition for his minimalistic approach and his ability to transform the everyday into profound musings on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.
School of Pharmacy Reunion
Publication date: 27 January 2014
The UCL School of Pharmacy holds first annual alumni reunion
On 22 January, the UCL School of Pharmacy held its first annual alumni reunion.
There was a great turnout with a mix of current students, staff and alumni, ranging from those who graduated in the 50’s to those who graduated within the last few years.
The atmosphere was lively and friendly and the UCL Jazz Society provided wonderful background music to the drinks reception. The event took place at the School itself and was a great chance for the alumni to reminisce about their student days and see how the school as developed and flourished.
Upon arrival there was a drinks reception followed by the opportunity to take part in a building tour led by current pharmacy students. These tours were a great way for alumni to interact with current students at the school and hear the hopes and aspirations of students in 2013.
After the tours guests were treated to inspiring speeches from, Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy, Professor Duncan Craig; Head of Department of Practice and Policy, Professor Jane Portlock and Associate Director for Research and Cluster Lead of Disease Models and Clinical Pharmacology, Professor Robert J Harvey.
Later there was a further reception in the Square Lounge with drinks and canapés; this was an opportunity for attendees to talk informally with class mates and staff and spend some time reflecting on the School’s rich history, by browsing archive materials on display in the lounge.
The event was hugely successful and the School hopes to build on the success of this year’s attendance of over 120 alumni, staff and students. Photographs from the event are available to view on our Flickr account.