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UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

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UCL IOE

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.

Grant Museum starts major project to preserve rarest skeleton in the world

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Aye aye skeleton

The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL is undertaking a major project to protect 39 of its rarest and most significant skeletons, some which have been on display in the Museum for 180 years. To help achieve this, the Museum is launching its first ever public fundraising campaign – aiming to raise £15,000 to support the costs of this crucial work.

Gardening and Muck in Day at St Pancras

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Student volunteers

Earlier this month student volunteers from UCL and other London universities took part in a Gardening and Muck in Day in St Pancras.

UCL announces partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

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Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

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

Changing London’s cycling infrastructure will improve safety

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London and other cities in Britain could be made safer for cyclists finds a study by researchers at UCL and Loughborough University. The report commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), makes recommendations which could be implemented using £913 million earmarked by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson to improve cycle safety in the capital and increase the number of cyclists four-fold by 2026, say the scientists behind the study.

‘London: the Information Capital’ showcases UCL data and mapping research

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London: The Information Capital

A new book bursting with London maps and infographics, published last week, is the result of a year of intense work by Dr James Cheshire (UCL Geography) and designer Oliver Uberti.

UCL awarded £4.2 million for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy

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Blood for transplant

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.

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

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Hair sampling diagram

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”

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As part of the Ebola sensitization, UNICEF asked community members to repeat what they have learned about Ebola

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

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Ultrasound scan of foetus

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

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UCL Quad

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.

UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

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

UCL in top 5 worldwide in latest QS World University Rankings

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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).

UCL Honorary Graduands and Fellows 2014

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UCL Honorary Graduands and Fellows 2014

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.

UCL Academy student wins place at UCL

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Brahim Mansour

UCL Academy student Brahim Mansour has become the first-ever pupil at the UCL-sponsored school to be accepted for a place at UCL.

UCL-JDF Summer School – reinventing the wheelchair

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UCL-JDF Summer School – reinventing the wheelchair

In July, UCL Engineering and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) teamed up with the James Dyson Foundation to create an innovative week-long summer school.

School pupils experience space science at UCL

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School pupils experience space science at UCL

A group of secondary school students have designed their own space missions during a new week-long work experience programme at the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL).

Clearing, Adjustment and Confirmation 2014

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UCL has no places available through Clearing. However, we have a small number of places available through UCAS Adjustment for very well qualified applicants that have exceeded the conditions of their firm choice.

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

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Students at UCL

Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.

UCL appoints new Vice-Provost for London

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Professor Stephen Caddick, the new Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London)

UCL has appointed Professor Stephen Caddick to a new position to include responsibilities for London. As Vice Provost (Enterprise and London), Professor Caddick will continue his current responsibilities for enterprise and also lead the development of strategy for London as part of UCL 2034.

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.

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