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Professor Graeme Reid to advise House of Lords inquiry

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Prof Graeme Reid

Professor Graeme Reid (Chair of Science & Research Policy at UCL) has been appointed Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee for its inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy.

Measuring distance with a single photo

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Most cameras just record colour but now the 3D shapes of objects, captured through only a single lens, can be accurately estimated using new software developed by UCL computer scientists.

London LGBTQ+ venues have more than halved in past decade

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The number of LGBTQ+ venues in London has fallen by 58% from 125 to 53 since 2006, according to a new report published today by the UCL Urban Laboratory, and commissioned by the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority (GLA).

Grant Museum of Zoology: Public invited to help rebuild eight-metre whale skeleton

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The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, is calling for members of the public to help rebuild its largest specimen, a northern bottle-nosed whale skeleton. 

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

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The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.

UCL receives Silver in first year of Teaching Excellence Framework awards

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Engineering students

The quality of UCL’s education has been recognised by a Silver award under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

University Archaeology Day aims to tackle growing demand for archaeologists

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Lewis Glover UCL

UCL archaeologists are working with experts from 24 other universities to create the UK’s first University Archaeology Day, aimed at inspiring a much needed next generation of archaeologists.   

Grant Museum of Zoology embarks on a major taxidermy conservation project

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This week [12-15 June], the Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, embarks on a major conservation project to restore and renew its taxidermy collection. 

UCL ranked 7th worldwide in latest QS World University Rankings

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UCL has maintained 7th place in the QS World University Rankings for the third year in a row when most other UK universities continue to fall.

Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

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Fellows of the Royal Society

Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.

UCL climbs Complete University Guide table

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UCL has risen another three places – from 10th to 7th – in The Complete University Guide’s main league table for 2018, published today.

Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain

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Space syntax map of London showing degree centrality

Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research.

UCL strengthens position in QS subject rankings

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UCL continues to perform strongly in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, with 10 subject areas ranked in the global top 10, and 4 areas in the top 5 worldwide.

Evidence of brain damage found in former footballers

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Football

Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a potential cause of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, has been found in the brains of former association football (soccer) players examined at the UCL Queen Square Brain Bank.

New £250m UK Dementia Research Institute to be led from UCL

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MRI scan showing brain changes in dementia

UCL has been selected as the 'hub' of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper, current leader of the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and scientific director at VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) in Belgium.

Top ten universities conduct a third of all UK animal research

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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.

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

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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.

UCL launches £600m philanthropy campaign  

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Provost UCL Campaign

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

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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.

Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building

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Francis Crick Institute

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.

UCL announces architect design winners for UCL East campus

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UCL has awarded design services contracts to Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for two sites in the first phase of its new UCL East campus which will be built at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

UCL researchers elected to British Academy

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British Academy Fellows

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

UCL agrees £280m European Investment Bank loan for campus developments

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UCL has agreed a £280 million loan with the European Investment Bank to develop its Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses, the largest sum ever lent by the bank to a university.

UCL Professor advises House of Lords inquiry into science and the EU

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EU Flags

UCL Professor Graeme Reid acted as specialist adviser for the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report on the influence of EU membership on UK science, published this week.

HRH The Duke of York visits UCL

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HRH The Duke of York visited UCL on Monday to see how the university is helping entrepreneurs with promising start-up companies achieve international growth.

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