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UCL Professor Jane Dacre elected president of the Royal College of Physicians

2014-04-15 : Harry C Dayantis

Professor Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians last night, by single transferable vote from a field of ten candidates, in a ballot organised by Electoral Reform Services. The result was announced at the end of College Day, the day of the RCP’s Annual General Meeting. Professor Dacre won by 281 votes from the next nearest candidate and becomes the third female president in the RCP’s history. In total there were 4,933 valid votes, and following nine voting transfers Professor Dacre was elected with 1,848 votes.

UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world’s first computational psychiatry centre

2014-04-02 : Harry C Dayantis

The world’s first centre for computational psychiatry was launched on Tuesday 1st April, following a €5m investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL to be spent over the next 5 years.

Quality early childhood programs help prevent chronic diseases in later life

2014-03-28 : Harry C Dayantis

Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study.

Jeremy Bentham and the escaped convicts

2014-03-28 : Siobhan Pipa

The most well-known escape of prisoners transported from England to Australia in the 18 th Century has been brought to life, thanks to handwritten accounts by the convicts unearthed in the collections of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham at UCL and now published online for the first time.

Tribute to Captain Jerry Roberts MBE

2014-03-27 : Ruth Metcalfe

Captain Jerry (Raymond C.) Roberts – one of the last of a top World War Two codebreaking team at Bletchley Park – has died, aged 93, following a short illness. Professor Susanne Kord (UCL German) pays tribute below:

Cell-saving drugs could reduce brain damage after stroke

2014-03-27 : Harry C Dayantis

Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new UCL-led study.

Shorter sleepers are over-eaters

2014-03-25 : Harry C Dayantis

Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers.

Statins could help control multiple sclerosis

2014-03-19 : Harry C Dayantis

A high dose of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin significantly reduces brain shrinkage in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), found researchers supported by the Biomedical Research Centre at UCL and UCLH, with colleagues from Imperial College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Dame Nicola Brewer appointed as UCL Vice-Provost (International)

2014-03-19 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL has today announced the appointment of Dame Nicola Brewer as its new Vice-Provost (International). 

Professor Jacqueline McGlade appointed UNEP Chief Scientist

2014-03-13 : Liz Almond

Professor Jacqueline McGlade (UCL Earth Sciences) has been appointed as Chief Scientist to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As the only Chief Scientist in the UN, Professor McGlade will be advising the Secretary General team on scientific issues along with the newly established Science Advisory Board.

Professor David Price joins The Conversation

2014-03-13 : Liz Almond Siobhan Pipa

Professor David Price, UCL Vice Provost (Research) has joined the editorial board of The Conversation . UCL is a founding partner of the site, which launched in 2013, and which features a range of news, analysis, features, and commentary from the university and research sector.

Dame DeAnne Julius appointed next Chair of UCL Council

2014-03-12 : Ruth Metcalfe

Dame DeAnne Julius has today been named as the next Chair of UCL Council – taking over from the current Chair, Sir Stephen Wall, with effect from 1 October 2014.

Farewell to Stanley Hearnden

2011-08-01 : Neil D Rodger

Last week, colleagues from across UCL mingled with former colleagues from the past 20 years at a reception to mark popular UCL Porter Stanley Hearnden’s departure after 38 years of service.

Students better off studying in the UK

2011-07-29 : Clare S Ryan

In a comment piece for The Times newspaper, Vice-Provost (International) Professor Michael Worton makes the case for staying in the UK to go to university rather than travelling to the US.

UCL's Access Agreement approved by OFFA

2011-07-12 : Ben Stevens Benjamin Henry Paul Stevens

UCL’s new Access Agreement, setting out its plans to further encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to come to the university, has been approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), and will come into effect from the start of the academic year 2012-13.

UCL receives award for social entrepreneurship

2011-07-06 : Neil D Rodger

UCL has been honoured with a social entrepreneurship award for its continuing commitment to developing solutions to social problems.

A new name for UKCMRI: The Francis Crick Institute

2011-07-01 : Neil D Rodger

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), a world-class biomedical research institute planned for central London, is to be renamed The Francis Crick Institute in honour of UCL alumnus Francis Crick. UCL is one of the founding partners of the Institute.

UCL Academy appoints new Principal

2011-06-29 : Ruth Metcalfe

Geraldine Davies, Head of the School of Education at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, has been appointed Principal of the new UCL Academy in Camden.

Mapping the UCL Campus

2011-06-21 : Neil D Rodger

The UCL Geography Drawing Office is currently undertaking an update of the UCL maps.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

2011-06-20 : Neil D Rodger

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011.

Only sustainable fish served on UCL campus

2011-06-13 : Neil D Rodger

UCL has signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge, promising to exclude endangered fish and to serve and promote sustainable fish in catering establishments and at events.

Lewis's Building reopened with new facilities

2011-06-09 : Neil D Rodger

UCL President & Provost Malcolm Grant has officially reopened the Lewis's Building.

Workshops: identifying and managing student mental ill-health

2011-06-08 : Neil D Rodger

UCL Student Psychological Services are running workshops over the summer to help staff recognise and manage the symptoms of psychological distress and illness amongst their students.

Campaign for Social Science: roadshow at UCL

2011-06-08 : Neil D Rodger

On 27 June, UCL is hosting a London roadshow to present The Campaign for Social Science - a campaign established to raise the profile of social sciences to address changes to funding teaching and research.

Your views wanted: UCL global issues and education survey

2011-06-07 : Neil D Rodger

UCL is keen to find out more about students' views on a range of global issues and how UCL should be responding to them.