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UCL Staff News

Top ten universities conduct a third of all UK animal research

2016-10-27 : Harry C Dayantis

The ten UK universities who do the most world-leading biomedical research have announced their animal research statistics, revealing that they collectively conducted a third of all UK animal research in 2015.

The Orwell Prize moves to UCL

2016-10-20 : Ruth Howells

Prestigious political writing award The Orwell Prize has moved to the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

New research sheds light on role of HPV in head and neck cancers

2016-10-06 : Harry C Dayantis

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) drives a greater number of head and neck cancers than previously thought, finds new research from UCL and the University of Southampton.

UCL achieves first Gold Athena SWAN award for excellence in gender equality

2016-10-06 : Ruth Howells

The MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL has achieved the university’s first departmental Athena SWAN Gold award for gender equality – one of only two awarded to UK universities in this round.

New Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership launched at UCL

2016-09-26 : Ruth Howells

UCL is proud to announce the establishment of the new Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership in UCL History, with the support of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University.

UCL ranked 15th worldwide by THE

2016-09-22 : Chris Lane

UCL has been ranked 15th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.

UCL launches £600m philanthropy campaign  

2016-09-15 : Dominique Fourniol

UCL is aiming to raise £600m for cutting-edge research, transformative capital projects and expanded student support in a new fundraising and engagement campaign, It’s All Academic – The Campaign for UCL , launched today in London.

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

2016-09-14 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.

Vice-Provost (Research) to chair new Forum for Responsible Metrics

2016-09-14 : Nicholas W Tyndale Margaret-Anne Orgill

A new Forum for Responsible Metrics, to be chaired by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), will bring together research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts to promote the responsible use of research metrics.

UCL Institute of Education leads Mandarin teaching initiative

2016-09-07 : James L Russell

A new £10 million Mandarin Excellence Programme, led by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), will see at least 5,000 young people on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Cannabis reduces short-term motivation to work for money

2016-09-02 : Harry C Dayantis

Smoking the equivalent of a single ‘spliff’ of cannabis makes people less willing to work for money while ‘high’, finds a new UCL study.

Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building

2016-09-01 : Harry C Dayantis

The first scientists have moved into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building in London and are starting work in their purpose-built labs. Next to St Pancras station and the British Library, the Crick will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe.

A-Level Results 2016: adjustment places available at UCL

2016-08-18 : Ruth Howells

Congratulations to all those students who have received their A-Level results and will be coming to UCL to study. We very much look forward to welcoming you.

New £63m Africa Health Research Institute announced

2016-07-19 : Harry C Dayantis

A new interdisciplinary research institute in South Africa to fight tuberculosis (TB), HIV and related diseases has today been announced, following a merger between two leading research institutions, with UCL as a key academic partner.

UCL researchers elected to British Academy

2016-07-20 : Ruth Howells

Four academics from UCL have recently been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, in recognition of their outstanding research.

UCL Council – responsible investment policy

2016-07-14 : Ruth Howells

At its meeting of 12th July, UCL Council considered a number of options for the future development of the university’s investment policy.

Camp stability predicts patterns of hunter–gatherer cooperation

2016-07-20 : Ruth Howells

Food-sharing is more prevalent in stable hunter-gatherer camps, shows new UCL research that sheds light on the evolutionary roots of human cooperation.

UK vote to leave EU: UCL statement

2016-06-24 : Mark Skinsley Clare Bowerman

The outcome of the referendum is now known. While UCL did not take a formal position during the referendum campaign, I have given my  personal view  and you will have heard many other voices from the UCL community. The loss of EU membership will have a clear impact on universities such as UCL, particularly around the mobility of students and funding of research.

LGBTQ+ rainbow flag flying at half-mast

2016-06-16 : Ruth Howells

UCL’s LGBTQ+ rainbow flag has been flying at half-mast above the UCL portico as a gesture of condolence and solidarity with those affected by mass shooting in Pulse, the LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando.

Heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness

2016-06-14 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers at UCL and Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that a drug originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetes related blindness.

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases

2016-06-10 : Harry C Dayantis

Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King’s College London.

‘The New EU Flag’: art installation at UCL

2016-06-09 : Ruth Howells

A striking gold flag made from foil blankets used by refugees has been raised on the flagpole above the UCL portico. The piece is by UCL Slade School of Fine Art student Mariana Bisti. 

Declining dopamine may explain why older people take fewer risks

2016-06-03 : Harry C Dayantis

Older people are less willing to take risks for potential rewards and this may be due to declining levels of dopamine in the brain, finds a new UCL study of over 25,000 people funded by Wellcome.

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression

2016-06-02 : Harry C Dayantis

A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council.

Research revealing early changes at epigenetic level points to possible new prevention strategies for ovarian cancer

2016-05-24 : Rowan Walker

The discovery of early changes in the cells of the Fallopian tubes of women carrying the BRCA genetic mutation could open the way for new preventative strategies for ovarian cancer, reducing the need for invasive surgery, according to research published today in science journal Nature Communications.