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Pablo Echenique: Podemos, Power, Politics

26 October 2015
Pablo Echenique Robba is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming general election, held on or before 20 December 2015. He will speak about the new way of doing politics that Podemos stands for. More...

Starts: Oct 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Great European Disaster Movie

11 November 2015
Join us for a film screening and a critical debate with the director, producer and writer Annalisa Piras and executive producer Bill Emmott (former editor of The Economist), as well as Prof. Jan Kubik, director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. More...

Starts: Nov 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein

14 December 2015
As part of the SSEES Centenary conference, the European Institute have invited Thomas Pikety and Naomi Kline to deliver the keynote lectures. UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the world's leading institutes specialising in Central, Eastern, South-Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia. In 2015, it celebrates its centenary with a series of workshops, shows & conferences.  More...

Starts: Dec 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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UCL in the Press

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

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1 October 2015
Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century countess whose work helped give rise to the modern era of computing. A BBC Four documentary.

From rockets to space toilets: unique exhibition celebrates Soviet cosmonauts

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1 October 2015
The Science Museum's new exhibition celebrating Russia’s huge achievements in space gives us all something to treasure as space exploration wouldn’t be so advanced today without it, says Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space & Climate Physics)

Do we need to improve security in Europe?

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1 September 2015
Following the attempted attack on a high speed train in France, Dr Hervé Borrion (UCL Security & Crime Science) explains what this might mean for European security and train travel

Dr Victoria Solomonidis on Radio 4

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16 September 2015
Dr Victoria Solomonidis, Teaching Fellow at CenTraS, discusses Melina Mercouri with Maggie Ayre on Radio 4's programme, Great Lives:

A walk of one’s own

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1 September 2015
Dr Scarlett Baron (UCL English Language & Literature) steps out in Virginia Woolf's footsteps to the river Ouse and Southease, the route she would have taken most often, to the post office.

How Philosophy Was "Whitewashed"

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26 August 2015
Aaron Salzer interviews Dr. Coleman explains and defends his view that, as a consequence of European enslavement of African people, philosophy in Europe has been "whitewashed."

Rosa Andújar appears on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House

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5 July 2015
Dr Rosa Andújar (UCL Greek & Latin) featured on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House in July, discussing the parallels in ancient Greek literature with the current Greek economic crisis. You can hear Rosa's insights from around 12 minutes into the programme.

The great beyond: will the UK science budget be cut by 40%?

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30 July 2015
Dr Jenny Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) explores the unknown future of the UK science budget ahead of the November spending review.

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.

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