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UCL receives Silver Athena SWAN award

2015-10-02 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL has received a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), in recognition of the university’s commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

UCL professor wins Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015

2015-10-01 : Siobhan Pipa

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has today been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence. The award will be presented on 4 December 2015, at an award ceremony at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

UCL rises 8 places in THE rankings

2015-10-01 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL has risen to number 14 from 22 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

Why other people's skin always feels softer

2015-09-11 : Harry C Dayantis

Have you ever touched someone else and wondered why his or her skin felt so incredibly soft? Well, now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 10 present evidence that this experience may often be an illusion.

Possible evidence for human transmission of Alzheimer’s pathology

2015-09-10 : Harry C Dayantis

Amyloid beta pathology in the grey matter and blood vessel walls characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the related cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is observed in the brains of deceased patients who acquired Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) following treatment with prion-contaminated human growth hormone.

Higher risk of death for patients admitted to NHS hospitals at the weekend

2015-09-07 : Harry C Dayantis

Patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to be sicker and have a higher risk of death, compared with those admitted during the week, finds an analysis published in The BMJ this week.

Children of more caring, less controlling parents live happier lives

2015-09-04 : Harry C Dayantis

A UCL-led lifelong study of people in England, Scotland and Wales has found that those who perceived their parents as more caring and less psychologically controlling during their childhood were likely to be happier and more satisfied throughout their lives.

UCL Qatar housing support allowance for staff

2015-09-03 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL has clarified issues raised by media coverage this week of payments of housing support allowance to staff at UCL Qatar.

Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

2015-09-02 : Harry C Dayantis

Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new UCL study.

Statement: UCL Bloomsbury Theatre closure

2015-09-01 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL’s Bloomsbury Theatre is currently closed for planned building works which have impacted on known asbestos. The recently opened Bloomsbury Theatre Studio is unaffected and will continue to operate as normal.

UCL Bloomsbury Theatre building works update

2015-08-13 : Ruth Metcalfe

The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre is currently closed for planned building works which have impacted on known asbestos further than expected. 

UCL awarded for its efforts to advance ‘race’ equality in pioneering new scheme

2015-08-13 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL has become one of the first universities in the UK to be formally awarded for its efforts to understand, and take steps to address, racialised inequalities in the academy.

National Student Survey: UCL results

2015-08-12 : Ruth Metcalfe

Overall student satisfaction at UCL has fallen by 3%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.

UCL academics elected as British Academy Fellows

2015-07-16 : Siobhan Pipa

Four academics from UCL have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences.

Dr Celia Caulcott appointed Vice-Provost (Enterprise)

2015-07-16 : Ruth Metcalfe

Dr Celia Caulcott has been appointed the next Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, with effect from 1 October 2015.

Large trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools

2015-07-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A major study to assess whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health launches today, involving researchers from UCL alongside staff and students at the UCL Academy.

Improving treatment for systemic amyloidosis

2015-07-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A potential new approach to treat systemic amyloidosis, invented at UCL and being developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), marks the start of a successful and innovative academic-industry collaboration.

UCL to coordinate £16m project to crack difficult disease areas

2015-07-15 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL has successfully coordinated a £16 million bid to work with the Medical Research Council (MRC), GSK and four other universities to improve scientists’ understanding of inflammatory and fibrotic diseases that present a serious burden to patients.

Landmark 69-year study to provide window into dementia

2015-07-14 : Harry C Dayantis

A landmark study that has been following a group of people since their birth in the same week in March 1946 is now turning its focus to the risk factors and early signs of dementia.

UCL Council and Sir Tim Hunt

2015-07-09 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL top performing university in Horizon 2020

2015-07-09 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is the best performing university in the first year of the EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing a total of €73.2 million over 55 projects, according to an analysis by Research Professional .

Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

2015-07-03 : Harry C Dayantis

Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL.

Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events

2015-07-02 : Harry C Dayantis

When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust has now revealed how this might happen in the brain.

Missing people project wins ESRC impact award

2015-07-09 : Nicholas W Tyndale

T he Geographies of Missing People , a research project co-designed by the Acting Head of UCL Public Policy, Dr Olivia Stevenson, has won the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Society.

Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future

2015-06-26 : Harry C Dayantis

When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.