UCL Development & Alumni Relations


Lori Houlihan
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3801

Jennie Moule
Director of Strategy and Operations 
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3802

Adrian Punaks
Director of Development
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3800


MBI Al Jaber Foundation supports research into public and global health

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The MBI Al Jaber Foundation has announced a significant donation to the Bloomsbury Research Institute.

The Bloomsbury Research Institute is a partnership between UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, creating a centre of excellence for research in public and global health, and bringing together a unique range and depth of expertise.

The Institute is located in the heart of London at a new state-of-the-art building with the latest laboratory technology. It will house more than 200 leading scientists from around the world whose research will help accelerate the development of new treatments, vaccines and diagnostics for major global killers - TB, HIV and Malaria, as well as tropical diseases and emerging microorganisms such as Zika, MERS and SARS. Experts will also contribute to international efforts to address antibiotic resistance and development of new antimicrobials.

Leading microbiologist Professor Sharon Peacock, the Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute, welcomed the gift saying, “The innovative research and development at the Bloomsbury Research Institute will accelerate the understanding and treatment of infectious diseases, with the potential to save millions of lives worldwide. We are grateful for this generous gift and will be naming a teaching area of the Institute in recognition.”

The generous gift to the Bloomsbury Research Institute by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber follows earlier capital donations to SOAS, the University of Westminster and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The MBI Al Jaber Foundation has also funded many scholarship programmes for students from the Middle East to study in the UK and Europe, and is a major contributor to the UNESCO Euro-Arab Dialogue Initiative. The latest gift to UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine comes at an important moment in the lead up to UCL launching one of Europe’s largest fundraising campaigns later this year.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, patron and sole benefactor of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, said: “It gives me great pleasure to support the Bloomsbury Research Institute.  The cutting-edge research conducted at the Institute is essential for the improvement in prevention and control of infectious diseases, as well as training the next generation of scientists to continue this important work”.

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UCL launches George Farha New Venture Awards for student entrepreneurs

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George Farha

UCL is pleased to announce the launch of the George Farha New Venture Awards to support promising student start-up businesses.

The awards, which have been funded by a generous donation from UCL alumnus and philanthropist George Farha, will be made to UCL students who have developed the most promising start-ups after completing this year’s UCL Advances Idea Accelerator (AIA) – an 8-week entrepreneurial summer school for those looking to take their business ideas to market.

George Farha said: “Supporting young entrepreneurs is something I believe strongly in and I am pleased to be able to help by funding these awards at UCL. The university has a successful track record of encouraging entrepreneurship and these awards are a key step to help budding entrepreneurs realise their vision.”

Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise), said: “I am delighted that we are launching the George Farha New Venture Awards to help students to develop their business ideas. George Farha’s support is invaluable in helping UCL to encourage students from all disciplines to learn business skills and put their innovations into practice.”

The summer school provides a select group of entrepreneurial teams with the opportunity to attend practical business development workshops, work with a business coach and talk directly with a host of entrepreneurs who’ve all made the journey themselves.

Most importantly, the AIA gives the students a shared space to work on their businesses in close proximity to one another – encouraging peer-to-peer engagement. It is this approach where the true value of the programme lies for the cohort of entrepreneurial teams.

The AIA culminates in a pitch to a panel of judges which serves to validate the team’s business ideas as they prepare to enter the market. And with the introduction of the George Farha New Venture Awards at stake for the winning teams, there is now even more incentive to maximise the time on the programme and deliver the best pitch possible.

George Farha is founder and former CEO of Intercat Group, one of the most successful service companies in the Gulf. Intercat Group is a leading supplier of ancillary services to major hospitality companies and the education and health sectors and also has a strong retail presence in the food and beverage market. George Farha has supported a range of projects at UCL including scholarships in Real Estate and Women’s Health. Current students may recognise the name from his generous gift to the UCLU “George Farha Café Bar”.

UCL launches new Centre for Future Crimes

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A new Centre for Future Crimes will be established at the  UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science (JDI) this year. The Dawes Centre for Future Crimes will expand UCL’s research and teaching expertise in addressing the crime and security implications of rapidly developing, emerging technologies and social changes. 

£3m pledge to support the next phase of The London Project to Cure Blindness

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The Michael Uren Foundation has committed to provide £3m to Moorfields Eye Charity over the next five years to enable The London Project to Cure Blindness at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to move to the next phase of its development.   

Major Wellcome Trust award to UCL boosts Huntington’s disease research

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A team of researchers from UCL and the University of Cambridge led by Professor Sarah Tabrizi, Director of the Huntington’s Disease Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, have been granted a prestigious Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in one of the largest investments in Huntington’s Disease (HD) ever given by a public funding body in the UK. 

Scholarships and Bursaries Reception kicks off Philanthropy Month

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Scholarships and Bursaries 2016

Written by Bronwen Butler, Geography (International programme) BA.

To kick off philanthropy month on February 1st UCL held its annual Scholarships and Bursaries Reception. The event has gone from strength to strength each year; from a tiny affair which Provost Michael Arthur jokingly said “could have been held in a broom cupboard” to a vibrant event to which over 500 people are invited to celebrate UCL, the generosity of its donors and the importance of philanthropy.

UCL and UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia

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UK retailers Iceland, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, WHSmith, HSS Hire, Booths and Poundland have 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.

Bone Idols: Protecting our iconic skeletons

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The Grant Museum is undertaking a major fundraising project to protect 39 of its rarest and most significant skeletons, some which have been on display in the Museum for 180 years. 

Provost visits UCL student callers

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On the 19 November 2014, UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur visited the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) to meet the student caller fundraising team.

Wolfson Foundation donates £1m to the UCL Institute of Immunology and Transplantation

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The Wolfson Foundation has pledged £1 million to UCL to support the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Hospital.

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