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Foodbank users report benefit delays, adverse life events

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A new UCL study surveyed who uses food banks in London, and for what reasons.

The study, published this week in the Journal of Public Health, found benefit-related problems were the most common reason, while recent adverse life events were also associated with food insecurity.

Society's excluded people ten times more likely to die early

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People excluded from mainstream society in high-income countries have a tenfold increased risk of early death, according to research from UCL, homeless health charity Pathway and an international team of experts.

Research unit to bring evidence to forefront of mental health policy

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UCL and King’s College London are leading the establishment of a new policy research unit, the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which will bring mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers closer together. The main aim of the unit is to provide research to inform policy makers.

UCL-PKU in partnership to transform teaching Mandarin in English schools

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UCL in partnership with Peking University (PKU) is leading a transformation in the teaching of Mandarin in England’s classrooms with the aim of giving every secondary school the chance to offer the language alongside the traditional staples of French, Spanish and German. 

UCL hosts event on conserving contemporary art

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As part of UCL Art Museum’s exhibition The composition has been reversed, a group including curators, artists, a historian and a conservator met yesterday to discuss issues unique to the conservation of contemporary art.

Orwell statue unveiled at BBC HQ

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A statue of Eric Blair, pen name George Orwell, whose archive is kept at UCL, will be unveiled at BBC HQ today.

UCL and Google host women and the Industrial Strategy event

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Women and the economy would benefit from a mission-oriented approach to industrial policy that focused on concrete problems in areas of sustainability and care, said Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (UCL IIPP), speaking at an event on women and the Industrial Strategy.

Mayor launches T-charge for “dirtiest” polluting vehicles during UCL nursery visit

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Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor, marked the start of his T-charge on vehicles to combat city pollution by visiting UCL’s nursery in Bloomsbury.

Top ethical investment manager to oversee UCL endowment fund

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UCL’s finance committee has approved the appointment of a highly-rated ethical investment manager to help oversee the university’s endowment funds, which are now worth approximately £160m.

New technology to dramatically speed up home broadband

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Slow internet speeds and the Internet ‘rush hour’ – the peak time when data speeds drop by up to 30% – could be history with new hardware designed and demonstrated by UCL researchers that provides consistently high-speed broadband connectivity.

UCL Engineering and Computer Science rated among world’s best in new rankings

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UCL Engineering has been ranked fourth in the UK and among the top 40 in the world in the latest world league tables by the Times Higher Education (THE).

UCL lecturer is star witness in BBC Moral Maze on abortion law

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UCL hosted BBC’s flagship ethical programme The Moral Maze this week to mark 50 years of the Abortion Act with a lecturer from the university’s Faculty of Laws acting as a specialist witness to the panel.

UCL launches new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

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UCL's new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) was officially launched on 12 October with a keynote lecture by its director Professor Mariana Mazzucato, and a high level panel discussion.

The Museum of Ordinary Animals opens at UCL Grant Museum of Zoology

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The Museum of Ordinary Animals, an exhibition celebrating the mundane creatures in our lives including dogs, cats, cows and chickens and their role in shaping human endeavours, has opened at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

Dr Ellie Cosgrave to host new BBC podcast ‘Tomorrow’s World’

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Dr Ellie Cosgrave from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) is co-presenting the BBC’s new ‘Tomorrow’s World’ podcast.

UCL professor and director of new institute wins top economics prize

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UCL professor Mariana Mazzucato has been awarded one of the world’s top economics prizes for her groundbreaking work on the role of governments in innovation.

UCL helps shape UK's battery research strategy for electric car revolution

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UCL has been selected to be a founding partner in the creation of a new institute that will help Britain develop battery technologies that will drive the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.

Science and the dilemma of death explored in groundbreaking new exhibition

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UCL Culture is launching its latest groundbreaking exhibition What does it mean to be human? Curating Heads this week in the Octagon Gallery, Wilkins Building, UCL. Bringing together UCL scientific expertise with poignant philosophical and ethical debate, the exhibition will provide visitors with a unique insight into the meaning of human existence and the role of the body after death.

UCL professor and sculptor Edward Allington dies

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Sculptor, artist and UCL professor Edward Allington who taught and inspired a generation of artists including some of Britain’s most famous modern sculptors has died at the age of 66.

New app launched to monitor spread of infectious diseases

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) is involved in a new project which aims to better understand how pandemics, such as flu, can spread across the country. 

UCL unveils stunning social space at heart of campus

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An innovative new outdoor space located in the middle of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus formally opens today, marking a key milestone in the delivery of the university’s ambitious Transforming UCL project.

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

UCL ranked in world's top 20 "super-elite" universities

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UCL has confirmed its position among the top 20 “super-elite” universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education’s (THE) annual rankings published today.

Impressive first GCSE results for UCL Academy

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UCL has congratulated the students and staff of UCL Academy after they achieved an impressive set of GCSE results. The Class of 2017 joined the school when it opened in 2012, so they are the first pupils to take GCSEs.

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