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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

With the Comprehensive Spending Review, Osborne Gets Personal

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I would like to see George Osborne take action to match his fine words and bolster his commitment to research and to universities, says Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice Provost for Enterprise). Read: Huffington Post

UCL spin-out fuel cell business gets venture capital investment

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Amalyst, which was spun out of academic institution UCL, has developed technology which can generate hydrogen fuel water. The London-based business is also being backed by UCL Business (UCLB). Read: Growth Business

Boris backs UCL students’ bid to scrap paper receipts

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has thrown a £20,000 development fund behind an idea by two UCL students to end paper receipts. Read: London Loves Business

Student entrepreneurs get own pop-up shop in London

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The Launchbox pop-up shop at the Boxpark pop-up mall in Shoreditch will display and sell products made by UCL student entrepreneurs. Read: Daily Mail

Fuelling the dream of clean cars

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“To a man, car manufacturers think hydrogen is the future for vehicles,” said Professor Stephen Bennington (UCL Physics & Astronomy). Read: Telegraph More: Vancouver Sun

London's got chemistry (biology and physics too)

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“I would argue that nowhere in the world has the mix of top universities, the NHS and an entrepreneurial community like London," says Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice Provost for Enterprise). Read: Evening Standard

Contact time a matter of degree

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Development of personalised learning by harnessing technological advances is going to transform higher education. But it will require substantial, long-term investment, says Professor Stephen Caddick. Read: Guardian More: The Conversation

Forget the 80/20 Rule - In Business It's the 1% That Will Deliver Growth

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It's estimated that in the UK only 1% of small businesses are high growth, and that it's these enterprises that have the capacity to make the most substantial impact on unemployment, writes Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Enterprise). Read: Huffington Post

Academic health science networks: their role and development

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"UCL Partners has always been very focused on translating innovation created in research centres of excellence into meaningful outcomes for patients," said Julian Dixon (UCL Partners). Read: Guardian

Goldman Sachs: The American bank giving British small business a lift

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UCL is one of the partner universities in the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses” programme. Read: Times (£) More: Yorkshire Post

UCLB launches new guide for translating university knowledge into Social Enterprise

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From ideas to social enterprise: a guide to utilising university intellectual property for the benefit of society’ was developed collaboratively by UCL, UnLtd, UCL Business PLC (UCLB) and STORM® Skills Training CIC. Read: Science Business

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