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Chirp flies with Skylander deal

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A UCL-spin out called Chirp, which developed a way of transferring data between devices using an audio signal, has made a deal with Skylander to allow gamers to transfer characters from their consoles to a phone using the technology. Read: BBC News

The campus CEOs

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UCL Advances provided financial backing to Comp-A-Tent, a business which produces compostable tents developed by UCL alumna Amanda Campbell (UCL Architecture & Interdisciplinary Studies 2015). Read: Daily Mail

Technology transfer: the leap to industry

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Dr Steven Schooling (UCL Business) explains some of the hurdles faced in commercialising the discoveries made in university laboratories. Read: Nature (£)

Academia develops technology to boost entrepreneurial talents

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Dr Celia Caulcott (Vice-Provost, Enterprise) and Professor Rachel McKendry (London Centre for Nanotechnology) explain how academia can support entrepreneurship, including initiatives like UCL’s Bright Ideas Awards and the Rosalind Franklin Appathon. Read: Financial Times

UCL seeks architects for Olympic park campus

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UCL and the London Legacy Development Corporation are seeking architects for the first phase of a new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Read: Architects’ Journal

Global pharma groups reveal tie-up with universities

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Three of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals groups have teamed up with a trio of Britain’s top universities, including UCL, to create a £40m fund to help turn promising scientific research into new medicines. Read: Financial Times, More: Reuters, Times (£), Daily Express, UCL News

UCL raises £50m to spin new companies out of research

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UCL has launched the UCL Technology Fund to invest £50 million in commercialising its world-leading research emerging over the next five years. Read: Financial Times, More: Bloomberg, Research Fortnight (£), UCL News

Pass it on: the secret of my huge success

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Timothy Barnes, Director of UCL Advances, is named as a Maserati 100 entrepreneur having helped a new generation of start-ups. Read: Sunday Times (£)

Online course opens to sharpen start-up minds

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UCL has partnered with Tech City UK, Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and Founder Centric to launch the Digital Business Academy - the world’s first government-supported online learning platform to provide digital and business skills. Read: Financial Times, More: Telegraph, ITV News, UCL News

Capitalism doesn't mean more inequality

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Thomas Piketty's popular theory that capitalism's current incarnation is leading to more inequality dsoesn't stack up, argues Professor Paul Ormerod (UCL Centre for Decision Making Uncertainty). Read: City AM

Enter the zone of euphoria

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Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos (UCL Psychology) comments on the psychological impact of favourable exchange rates on holiday spending, saying that "because we are convinced that everything is good value, without any real appreciation of what that means, we spend more than we would have before." Read: The Sunday Times (£)

Boris Johnson launches MedCity to boost UK life sciences

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Boris Johnson has launched MedCity, a partnership between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College AHSC, Oxford, Cambridge and the Greater London Authority, to establish London and the Greater South East as a world-leading cluster for life sciences. Read: Financial Times (£), More: Evening Standard, THE, The ConversationNew Scientist, The EngineerUCL News

The 25 most international universities in the world

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UCL has been named joint twelfth in the Times Higher Education's compilation of most international universities in the world: Read: THE

Why higher education is this country’s secret industrial powerhouse

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British universities – the envy of the world – have the potential to save the British economy, writes Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice-Provost, Enterprise). Read: City AM

Building on London’s scientific tradition

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Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President & Provost) comments on the capital's growing reputation for research: “I believe that London has a golden opportunity to be the premier destination in the world for higher education and, within that context, it can also become pre-eminent in biomedicine, health and life sciences." Read: FT

UCL leads grant income table

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UCL won grants worth £135 million in 2012/13, £31 million more than any other institution, according to THE's annual analysis of research council data. Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) attributes the “tremendous boost” to emphasis on building cross-disciplinary consortia. Read: THE

Student entrepreneur gets on his electric bike to woo commuters

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A revolutionary new electric bike will soon hit cycle paths across Britain, after funding from UCL helped Polish postgraduate student Marcin Piatkowski (UCL Advances) peddle his invention. Read: Telegraph More: BikeBiz TechCity News

Reasons to be chirpful

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Budge over Bluetooth. The latest way to send pictures, messages and data is by birdsong using Chirp, a UCL spin-out. Read: Evening Standard

FutureLearn and free courses: is this what students really want?

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Moocs are an online product of current higher education offline, says Professor Stephen Caddick (Vice-Provost, Enterprise) – standardised and one-size-fits-all. Read: Guardian

Fashion 'too scared to innovate with tech', says ex Topshop marketing chief

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UCL spin-out, Chirp, has partnered with Topshop during London Fashion Week to inspire the fashion world through the power of digital birdsong. Read: Guardian

Squeezed Britons try their hands at microbusinesses

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Leo Rios (UCL Biochemical Engineering) set up a shrimp farming business with two other UCL graduates and financial support from the university. Read: Guardian

Silicon roundabout

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Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice Provost, Enterprise) argues that if investors, government and universities make a concerted effort to support business, "Tech City will become the business supercluster that only a city like ours can truly support." Read: City AM

Pupils' fizzy business start

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Local schoolchildren will get a chance to start their own business through UCL Advances' 'Citrus Saturday' scheme. Read: Camden New Journal

An economy out of intensive care - but where next?

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Professor Steve Caddick, UCL Vice-Provost (Enterprise), asks what the future holds following the Government's Spending Review. Read: Huffington Post

With the Comprehensive Spending Review, Osborne Gets Personal

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"Our higher education sector is an oft-overlooked powerhouse of the economy; a compelling investment proposition for UK PLC," says UCL Vice Provost (Enterprise) Professor Stephen Caddick. Read: Huffington Post

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