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Drink less for a healthier heart

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Drinking wine

A reduction in alcohol consumption, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, could be linked to improved cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index and blood pressure, according to new research published in the BMJ.

'Like, innit, literally...' Is 'correct' grammar in decline and does this matter?

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British Library

Teachers, grammarians and academics will discuss the current state of grammar and grammar teaching at a conference today.

UCL Academy students experience world of work at UCL

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Mohammed

Five sixth form students from the UCL Academy have been enjoying direct experience of the world of work and university life by taking part in two week placements in five divisions across UCL.

New AHRC grant will fund ‘Museums on Prescription’ research

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Museum objects in the community

A team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment and UCL Public & Cultural Engagement) will begin a new three year project this month, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing.

Cod bones reveal 13th Century origin of global fish trade

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Cod bones

London’s international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity.

Blood vessel research offers insights into new treatments for eye diseases

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Human eye

Leukaemia drugs could help to improve treatments for blindness caused by abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye, finds new UCL research.

Proposed merger between IOE and UCL

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

The Councils of the Institute of Education and UCL have given approval for negotiations to continue on the proposed merger between the two universities.

Digital art transforms fish bones into cosmic bodies and marine slugs in new ‘Subnature’ exhibition 

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ALTED Hydrozoa by Lan Lan 2014

A new art exhibition exploring the relationship between nature and its representations opens today at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

UCL commits to openness about animal research

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A research animal at UCL

UCL formally committed today to a policy of openness about animal research when Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President & Provost) signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK.

UCL working to inspire pupils in Newham

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Newham pupils in the lab

UCL has been engaging with schools in Newham, with the aim of inspiring pupils from the borough to consider higher education as a viable option, and applications to UCL from students living in Newham have risen by 31% in the past year.

Prime Minister of Japan gives keynote speech at UCL

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Prime Minister Abe and Professor Michael Arthur

The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo Abe, visited UCL on 1 May to celebrate collaboration between the UK and Japan in education and research – and to explore how this can be further developed.

Vitamin B3 treatment for ataxia shows promise in first human trial

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Pills

A form of vitamin B3 has shown early promise against Friedreich’s ataxia, a debilitating degenerative disease with no treatment or cure, in the first human trial of the treatment involving UCL researchers.

UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

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UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators.

The Big One: UCL student's award-winning musical theatre project

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High School Musical rehearsals

An innovative student-led volunteering project, involving a partnership between UCLU Musical Theatre Society, the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) and two local London schools (UCL Academy and Regent High School), recently staged the biggest musical theatre production they have ever attempted: High School Musical.

Crowd-sourcing Britain's Bronze Age: call for public to help catalogue and model prehistoric artefacts

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Micropasts

A new joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking online contributions from members of the public to enhance a major British Bronze Age archive and artefact collection. 

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

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Professor Jane Dacre

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.

Mayor launches MedCity with £4.1m investment

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UCL Quad and UCL Hospital

The Mayor of London today launched MedCity, a partnership between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College AHSC, Oxford, Cambridge and the Greater London Authority, to establish London and the Greater South East as a world-leading cluster for life sciences.

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

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Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society

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.

Jeremy Bentham and the escaped convicts

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Memorandoms of James Martin

The most well-known escape of prisoners transported from England to Australia in the 18th 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

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Captain Jerry Roberts at UCL

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:

UCL student presents racing eight boat to University of London Boat Club

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Prize Presentation

A top-of-the-range racing eight was presented to University of London Boat Club (ULBC) last week as part of the Parmigiani Spirit Award won by UCL student and captain of the ULBC James Cook.

Cohort training keeps UK ahead

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Professor David Bogle

Professor David Bogle, Head of the UCL Graduate School and Chair of the League of European Research Universities Doctoral Studies Community, welcomes the support for more Centres for Doctoral Training announced in the UK Budget.

Dame DeAnne Julius appointed next Chair of UCL Council

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Dame DeAnne Julius

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.

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

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Green Economy

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair.

Royal Tudor foundation stone rediscovered at UCL

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UCL unveiling event

A stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago has been rediscovered behind a false wall in the Geography department of UCL.

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