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UCL Staff News

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

2014-12-18 : Ruth Metcalfe

Professor David Lomas appointed as new UCL Vice-Provost (Health)

2014-11-27 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Lomas to the role of Vice-Provost (Health), replacing Professor Sir John Tooke, from 1st August 2015.

UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

2014-11-25 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have today confirmed that they will be merging with effect from 2 December. The merger will create a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn.

UCL announces partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

2014-11-10 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL is delighted to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (NCS) in East Ham.

UCL awarded £4.2 million for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL has been awarded £4.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund a Blood and Transplant Research Unit for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy, due to launch in October 2015.

Publishers address concerns on ‘total cost of ownership’ of e-resources

2014-10-29 : Nicholas W Tyndale

UCL welcomes the news that two major academic publishers are tackling the issue of subscription costs and the level of article-processing charges (APCs).

Drug tests on mothers’ hair links recreational drug use to birth defects

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15% had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.

UCL-Lancet Commission argues that “health is as much about caring as it is about curing”

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet .

Scientists identify potential cause for 40% of pre-term births

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists from UCL and Queen Mary University of London have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM) which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide.

UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

As part of the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, UCL has been awarded £13.5 million for a number of projects to help advance clinical research.

Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition now open

2014-10-22 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL graduate students and academic staff are invited to submit their research images with aesthetic and artistic appeal for this year’s 'Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research' Competition and Exhibition.

UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision

2014-10-21 : Dominique Fourniol

UCL Council has today (20 October) confirmed its decision that UCL should merge with the Institute of Education (IOE). 

Urgent problems with all student email

2014-10-09 : Clare Bowerman

UCL students received a very high volume of spam emails overnight on 9 October 2014. Updates on this situation will be posted on this page.

Professor John O'Keefe wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

2014-10-06 : Siobhan Pipa

Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, Division of Biosciences at UCL, has today been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an ‘inner GPS’ - that enables us to orient ourselves.

Simon Cane appointed Director of Public and Cultural Engagement at UCL

2014-10-02 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cane as the new Director of Public and Cultural Engagement. Simon joins UCL from his role as Deputy Director at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT).

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

People with lower incomes attempting to quit smoking are 36% more likely to succeed if they use a new interactive website called ‘StopAdvisor’ than if they use a static information website, finds a randomised controlled trial led by UCL researchers.

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of Glasgow, using information from genetic studies and clinical trials.

Large AHRC grant awarded to UCL-led heritage project

2014-09-19 : Siobhan Pipa

Dr Rodney Harrison (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has been awarded a £1.6million AHRC Large Grant to lead an innovative research programme called ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’, one of three grants announced today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Bristol  to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.

UCL in top 5 worldwide in latest QS World University Rankings

2014-09-16 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is ranked in joint 5th place in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15 released today. UCL is one of four UK Higher Education institutions ranked in the top ten, along with Oxford (joint 5th), Cambridge and Imperial (joint 2nd).

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

UCL Honorary Graduands and Fellows 2014

2014-09-11 : Ruth Metcalfe

A range of eminent figures have joined the list of UCL Honorary Graduands and Honorary Fellows during the 2014 graduation ceremonies, held from 26 August to 5 September.

‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK.

High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

New UCL research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex).

Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial involving UCL researchers, called REMoxTB, has found that replacing one of the drugs with the antibiotic moxifloxacin in the standard six-month treatment regimen did not allow the treatment time for tuberculosis (TB) patients to be shortened to four months.