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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

2018-01-18

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

2018-01-09

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

2018-01-05

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

Six UCL papers in Altmetric Top 100

2018-01-04 : Rebecca L Caygill

UCL research captured the public’s imagination last year with six papers featuring in the Altmetric Top 100 of 2.2 million research outputs tracked in 2017.

Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni

2018-01-02

Four UCL academics and five alumni have been awarded honours in the New Year’s Honours including a knighthood and a dame.

A tribute to Randolph Quirk, a “towering UCL intellect”

2017-12-21 : Rebecca L Caygill

The great British linguist, life peer and UCL scholar Baron Randolph Quirk has died at the age of 97. He passed away on Wednesday night.

Higher education linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s in gene study

2017-12-07

Higher educational attainment is associated with a “significantly lower” chance of people suffering Alzheimer’s, according to the biggest genetic study into the potential causes of the disease reported today in the BMJ.

UCL revamps wellbeing service to support students with mental ill health

2017-12-06

An out of hours, 365-day a year telephone counselling service is being offered to UCL students at home or abroad as part of a strategy to support students experiencing mental ill health.

Children with mental health problems more likely to be out of work by 55

2017-12-05

Physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on people’s prospects of being in employment in later life, according to two reports from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the renEWL research team based at UCL.

Individual choices, not family influence teenagers’ non-alcoholic drink preference

2017-12-04

Adolescents’ non-alcoholic drinks preferences are strongly influenced by their own individual circumstances and lifestyle choices, but not by their families and home environment, according to a new UCL study.

Worldwide campaign on abortion raises $300m, UCL Lancet lecture told

2017-11-21

The Dutch MP leading the worldwide campaign against Donald Trump’s funding ban on abortion advice revealed at the UCL Lancet lecture last night that it has so far raised $300m including up to $100m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an anonymous US donor.

Treasury eyes UCL graduate’s road charging scheme as he returns for celebration

2017-11-15

Gergely Raccuja, the UCL graduate who won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize with his road-charging scheme, returned to UCL for a celebratory lecture and dinner.

UCL in bid to create new generation of “green” electronics

2017-11-14

UCL scientists are seeking new links with Peking University (PKU) to create a new generation of “green” electronic devices that use nanotechnology to reduce the energy needed to generate their power.

UCL stages first overseas graduation for Chinese students

2017-11-13

More than 200 Chinese students graduated from UCL in Beijing at the weekend in the university’s first graduation ceremonies held in China.

Mayor launches T-charge for “dirtiest” polluting vehicles during UCL nursery visit

2017-10-23

Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor, marked the start of his T-charge on vehicles to combat city pollution by visiting UCL’s nursery in Bloomsbury.

UCL researchers help inspire Scotland’s new laws to ban smacking

2017-10-20

The decision by the Scottish government to ban smacking has been welcomed by UCL researchers whose report into the damage caused to children by physical punishment played a key part in framing the proposed new legislation.

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

2017-10-19

UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

UCL lecturer is star witness in BBC Moral Maze on abortion law

2017-10-12

UCL hosted BBC’s flagship ethical programme The Moral Maze this week to mark 50 years of the Abortion Act with a lecturer from the university’s Faculty of Laws acting as a specialist witness to the panel.

UCL among world’s super-elite for law, education and social sciences

2017-10-05

UCL has reaffirmed its status as a world-leading university in law, education and social sciences in the latest round of rankings published by the Times Higher Education (THE).

UCL professor and director of new institute wins top economics prize

2017-10-04

UCL professor Mariana Mazzucato has been awarded one of the world’s top economics prizes for her groundbreaking work on the role of governments in innovation.

Science and the dilemma of death explored in groundbreaking new exhibition

2017-10-03 : Ruth Howells

UCL Culture is launching its latest groundbreaking exhibition What does it mean to be human? Curating Heads this week in the Octagon Gallery, Wilkins Building, UCL. Bringing together UCL scientific expertise with poignant philosophical and ethical debate, the exhibition will provide visitors with a unique insight into the meaning of human existence and the role of the body after death.

Programme of research and education launched in Lebanon

2017-10-02 : Rowan Walker

Academics from UCL today joined the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, to launch a new Centre for research and learning, focused on growth and prosperity in Lebanon.

UCL professor and sculptor Edward Allington dies

2017-09-29

Sculptor, artist and UCL professor Edward Allington who taught and inspired a generation of artists including some of Britain’s most famous modern sculptors has died at the age of 66.

UCL academics presenting at New Scientist live

2017-09-27 : Chris Lane

Numerous UCL academics will be presenting at New Scientist Live this week, the second annual edition of a festival of ideas taking place at ExCeL London.