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UCL Staff News

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

2018-06-13 : Rowan Walker

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

1 in 3 women experience ‘loss of control’ eating in pregnancy

2018-06-05 : Rowan Walker

More than a third of women report feeling out of control over the amount they eat during pregnancy, according to new UCL-led research.

Belief in 'fake' causes of cancer is rife

2018-04-26 : Rowan Walker

Mistaken belief in 'mythical' causes of cancer is rife, according to new research from UCL and the University of Leeds.

England behind other countries in maths performance of disadvantaged pupils

2018-04-19 : Rowan Walker

Maths performance of disadvantaged pupils in England ranks in the lower half of developed countries, new analysis by UCL Institute of Education and the Education Policy Institute (EPI) reveals.

New £5m study aims to transform treatment for children and young people with arthritis and uveitis

2018-03-28 : Henry Killworth

UCL academics will lead a five-year study of childhood arthritis and its linked eye inflammation called uveitis, with the aim of better understanding how to treat the complex condition.

Children in lower social classes are up to 5kg heavier than more advantaged peers, new study finds

2018-03-21 : Henry Killworth

Disadvantaged children born at the start of the 21st century weighed up to 5kg more in their childhood and early teenage years than those from more privileged backgrounds, a new UCL study has found.

Patients regain sight after being first to receive retinal tissue engineered from stem cells

2018-03-20 : Henry Killworth

The first patients to receive a new treatment derived from stem cells for people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have regained reading vision according to a new study involving UCL.

Prostate MRI scans increase cancer detection & reduce overdiagnosis

2018-03-19 : Henry Killworth

A large international study led by UCL and UCLH researchers, has found that an MRI scan and targeted prostate biopsies, are significantly better at making a positive prostate cancer diagnosis than standard biopsies.

UCL alumna named best teacher in the world

2018-03-19 : Rowan Walker

UCL alumna Andria Zafirakou has been announced as the world’s best teacher after winning the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

Few global health organisations promote gender equality

2018-03-08 : Rowan Walker

Only a select group of the world’s top global health organisations have placed gender equality at the centre of their operations, according to a new report involving UCL researchers. 

German universities likely to benefit from Brexit

2018-02-22 : Rowan Walker

UK universities are likely to suffer because of Brexit while German universities may benefit, according to new UCL-led research.

NHS breast cancer patients to benefit from go ahead for UCL-pioneered treatment


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given limited approval for suitable NHS patients to receive a new type of breast cancer treatment pioneered by clinical scientists at UCL, which will eventually benefit thousands of women and is already in use in many countries throughout the world.

Major new global urban health project to reduce inequalities launches

2018-02-07 : Rowan Walker

A major new research partnership, led by UCL and Imperial College London, to understand how we can transform cities around the world to support healthier lives, whilst also protecting the planet, has been set up with a £10m grant from Wellcome.

UCL awarded funding to transform health through data science

2018-02-07 : Rowan Walker

UCL has been chosen as a foundation partner of the new national institute Health Data Research (HDR) UK.  

UCL bucks trend with 15% rise in applications


UCL has had a surge in applications for undergraduate courses from home, EU and overseas students, outperforming the overall rates in the UK higher education sector.

Green energy blueprint for cutting UK electricity prices


A blueprint to cut UK electricity prices to bring them into line with competitor countries such as Germany and France as we move to low-carbon power generation has been proposed by UCL researchers.

UCL celebrates success of young readers in London

2018-01-31 : Rowan Walker

UCL and the British Library today celebrated the achievements of London school children who have overcome literacy problems through the UCL’s Institute of Education’s (IOE) Reading Recovery Programme.

Israeli writer Hen Mazzig returns to UCL in “brave” assertion of freedom of speech


Israeli writer Hen Mazzig returned to speak at UCL this week, hailing the decision to invite him back as a “brave and honourable” commitment by the university to freedom of speech.

Racism linked to uptake of smoking in young people

2018-01-25 : Rowan Walker

Adolescents who have experienced some form of racism between the ages of 11 and 23 are more likely to take up smoking than those who have not, according to a new study led by King’s College London involving UCL. 

UCL turns clock back to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella as part of research celebration of 1960s films


The clock was turned back to 1968  at a London cinema this week as part of the culmination of a three-year project by UCL academics to record, analyse, archive  and publicise the memories of almost a thousand people across the UK about what it was like to go to the cinema in the 1960s.

More than one in ten 14-year-olds admit to binge drinking

2018-01-24 : Rowan Walker

Just under half of young people in the UK had tried alcohol by the time they were 14, with more than one in ten confessing to binge drinking, according to UCL research. 

Children’s career aspirations limited by gender stereotypes and background

2018-01-19 : Rowan Walker

Children’s career aspirations are too often based on gender stereotypes, socio-economic backgrounds and TV, film and radio, according to a report involving UCL academics. 

Whitehall fails to fully exploit talents of non-exec directors, finds UCL study


Whitehall is failing to fully exploit the expertise of non-executive directors (NEDs) to improve the way departments’ policies and plans are devised and implemented despite their high calibre, commitment and experience, a study by UCL’s Constitution Unit has found.

Israeli speaker Hen Mazzig returns to UCL in demonstration of freedom of speech


UCL has invited the Israeli-born writer, speaker and activist Hen Mazzig back to speak at the university in an explicit demonstration of its commitment to free speech.

UCL professor takes up adviser role to EU commissioner


UCL Professor Mariana Mazzucato this week took up her role as Moedas’s special advisor on mission-driven science and innovation.