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Passionate Politics Reading Group

4 June 2015
The next meeting of the Passionate Politics Reading group will discuss excerpts from two novels by the Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio, "Le Vergini delle Rocce" ("The Virgins of the Rocks", 1896) and "Il Fuoco" ("The Flame of Life", 1900). More...

Starts: Jun 4, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Mobile Identities

5 June 2015
This conference will bring together Master’s and PhD students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the identity politics of contemporary migration, with specific reference to how notions of gender, sexuality and agency shape understandings of this evolving field. More...

Starts: Jun 5, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Reforming the Eurozone

17 June 2015
This Policy Panel, organised in cooperation with Business for New Europe, is next up on our 2-year series on Britain's relationship with the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.  More...

Starts: Jun 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Forced Marriage: Health, Wellbeing, Community and Law

31 July 2015
Forced marriage is illegal in the UK and has a huge impact on the lives of the people it affects, and yet, little is known about it. This one day workshop will set the scene and explore some of the key questions about forced marriage in regards to culture and honour, the law and police, education and health services.  More...

Starts: Jul 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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UCL in the Press

An open letter in response to the Historians for Britain campaign

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27 May 2015
Prof. David Abulafia has recently argued on behalf of Historians for Britain that ''the terms of Britain's EU membership are undermining . . . Britain's values' In the open Letter signed by a number of UCL academics, including the Deputy Director of the European Institute, Professor of German History, Mary Fulbrook, challenges this narrative.

Bad marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training in OECD report on school system

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19 May 2015
Dr Susanne Wiborg (UCL Institute of Education) explains how a slide in Sweden's performance on international education rankings has led to calls for more reform. 

Why our ancestors were more gender equal than us

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19 May 2015
Dr. Lucio Vinicius and Dr Andrea Migliano (both UCL Anthropology) present evidence for the view that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tended to have equal influence on where their group lived and who they lived with. 

This British bill of rights could end the UK

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15 May 2015
Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) explains how the British Bill of Rights would leave some people in the United Kingdom with more rights than others. 

Plaid Cymru wants immigration policy to address Welsh needs

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2 April 2015
Professor Ian Preston (UCL Economics) examines Plaid Cymru’s immigration policy.

Plaid Cymru wants immigration policy to address Welsh needs

Le Pen Family Feud

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13 April 2015
Professor Philippe Marliere (UCL SELCS) explains the significance of the feud between Front National president Marine Le Pen, and her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Europe to pull trigger on Google anti-trust charges

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14 April 2015
Europe’s antitrust regulator  plans to file formal charges against Google Inc. for violating antitrust laws. 

Weighing the evidence for banning skinny catwalk models

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20 March 2015
Dr. Sarah Jackson, Research Psychologist at UCL's Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL writes on the research behind the French parliaments plan to ban unhealthily thin models from catwalks. 

UK overseas Domestic Worker Visa: Impact on Workers

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17 March 2015
UCL Academic Dr. Virginia Mantouvalou has published research on how the 2012 UK overseas domestic worker visa has impacted on overseas domestic workers. 

The response to Charlie Hebdo and the Imperial Hangover in France

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26 January 2015
Dr. Micheal Collins, lecturer in Modern British, Imperial and World History at UCL argues "[i]n the long run, what may help integration in France above all is not the reassertion of a universal republican monoculture, but a frank assessment of the links between France’s past and present."

Why Scandinavia is not the model for global prosperity we should all pursue

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19 December 2014
On almost every indicator worth measuring – from public health to educational attainment and social wellbeing – the Scandinavians seem to have got things sorted. But should we all be aiming to be Norway? Indeed, is that goal even desirable?

Nobel Prize winner Professor John O'Keefe concerned over immigration policy 

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7 October 2014
Professor John O’Keefe (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) describes Britain’s visa system as one significant obstacle to Britain recruiting the best scientists from abroad.

Europe needs gas and Russia Needs cash 

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15 October 2014
Dr Catalina Spataru and Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) look at whether Europe’s reliance on Russia for gas and Russia’s reliance on Europe for revenue could draw them back together despite the political rhetoric following the Ukraine crisis.

In Our Time on "The life, work and reputation of Julius Caesar"

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2 October 2014
Professor Maria Wyke (UCL Greek & Latin) joins Melvyn Bragg to discuss the life, work and reputation of Julius Caesar.

'The world will think us mad to rip up the Union'

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15 September 2014
Dr. Michael Collins (UCL History) writes in the Herald Scotland on the distinctions between nationalism and patriotism. In particular, he questions whether it is possible to abjure nationalism but to be "patriotic" about the Union and the ideals it represents.

Controversy over European Arrest Warrant

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Prof. Piet Eeckhout (UCL, Law), has signed a letter backing the European Arrest Warrant, in an attempt to dissuade Conservative backbenchers who plan to vote against the EAW this week. 

Hollande's presidency has been a disaster since day one - and things can only get worse

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27 August 2014
In this piece for The Conversation, Professor Philippe Marlière (UCL SELCS) discusses the record of French president François Hollande, and his edging ever closer to the political abyss.

UMP funding scandal could derail a new Sarkozy bid for French presidency

Publication date:

19 June 2014
Professor Philippe Marlière
(UCL SELCS) looks at the effect the Bygmalion inquiry has had on Jean-François Copé and how it could influence Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid for the 2017 presidential elections.

Europe must face up to the new antisemites

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20 June 2014
Professor Noreena Hertz, now at UCL's Office of the Vice-Provost Research, discusses the rising tide of hostility towards Jews across Europe. 

Brussels: a shifting landscape

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18 June 2014
The UK Higher Education International Unit has just published a short policy piece by Dr Christine Reh (UCL School of Public Policy) on the recent European Parliament elections and results.

Portugal's Golden Mystery

Publication date:

28 May 2014
Professor Neill Lochery (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies) discusses the use of Nazi gold in World War II to buy wolfram, a rare ore from Portugal.

Ukraine's election turning point?

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25 May 2014
Dr Andrew Wilson (UCL SSSEES) explains why Ukraine's early presidential election may prove a turning point for the troubled country.

Twitter oblivious to Farage mauling

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22 May
Orlanda Ward and Javier Sajuria (UCL SPP) analyse in The Conversation how differently party leaders were perceived in the media and on Twitter in the run-up to EP2014.

Daily Mail accused of insulting top female scientists

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21 March 2014
Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) has written an open letter to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, to raise concerns about an article commenting on the race and gender of UCL academics appearing on BBC Newsnight

Pope meets mafia victims' families

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21 March 2014
Commenting on the pope meeting with mafia victims' families for the first time, Professor John Dickie (UCL Italian) said: "This is the church making up for lost time. There was a long time where the best you could say about the church's attitude to the mafia was that it was culpably silent...."

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