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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 EIB

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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Duke of York

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.

Predicting gentrification through social networking data

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Gentrify this

Data from location-based social networks may be able to predict when a neighbourhood will go through the process of gentrification, by identifying areas with high social diversity and high deprivation.

UCL excels in QS World University Subject Rankings

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UCL Flag

UCL has strengthened its performance in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, with 8 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 and 4 areas in the top 5 worldwide.

UCL confirms theatre will be reinstated

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UCL Bloomsbury theatre

Following an initial consultation and feedback from students and other groups, UCL has confirmed its commitment to reinstating a theatre on campus.

UCL statement on allegations in the Independent

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UCL Quad

In response to an article in the Independent, UCL would like to make clear that no disciplinary action has been taken and no student threatened with expulsion after accessing confidential information. We were made aware of a potential breach of our computer regulations governing the downloading of confidential content. These are standard regulations that one would expect to find in place at any major organisation.

Grid cells’ role in human imagination revealed

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Entorhinal cortex

Evidence of grid cell activity has been seen in healthy volunteers asked to imagine moving through an environment in new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

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Thomas Rogers

Thomas Rogers (UCL Security & Crime Science) has been awarded the Silver medal in engineering for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.

Professor Becky Francis appointed new Director of UCL Institute of Education

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Prof Becky Francis

Professor Becky Francis has been appointed as the next Director of UCL Institute of Education, with effect from 1 July 2016.

UCL marks Holocaust Memorial Day

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Bergen Belsen

MP and shadow minister, Sir Keir Starmer, Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE and Jewish Chaplain for London Universities, Rabbi Gavin Broder will attend a small commemorative ceremony at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

UCL recognised at launch of new Race Equality Charter

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UCL recognised at launch of new Race Equality Charter

Marking the launch of the first ever award scheme recognising the work that universities are undertaking to advance race equality, UCL and seven other universities were presented with their Race Equality Charter awards at a ceremony in London this week.

Gillian Anderson joins pupils at Islington Primary School in support of reading campaign

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Gillian Anderson reading with children

Today UCL celebrated the start of its 2016 Reading Recovery Read Aloud (Read Aloud) campaign, which is being led by the International Literacy Centre (ILC) based at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), to raise awareness of literacy issues of school children.

Grant Museum wins Love London Time Out Award

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Grant Museum wins Love London Time Out Award

The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL has won the category for local culture in Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Holborn via public vote in Time Out’s Love London Awards.

‘Dickensian’ lung disease rates on the rise in UK pensioners

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Lungs

The number of people diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a lung condition thought to be a ‘disease of the past’, has risen considerably in the past decade and now affects more than 1% of UK pensioners, finds a new study by UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The research was funded by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research.

President Xi Jinping joins UCL at Confucius Institute conference celebrating Mandarin teaching in UK schools

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Xi Jinping

UCL today welcomed President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China and HRH The Duke of York to the opening ceremony of the UK Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms Annual Conference.

UCL receives Silver Athena SWAN award

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Athena SWAN

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 rises 8 places in THE rankings

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UCL Quad

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

The THE World University Rankings are generated from five ‘pillars’, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence: teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook. These, in turn, are made up of thirteen metrics.

Animals built of glass inspire art exhibition at the UCL Grant Museum

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Photogram #2 by Eleanor Morgan

‘Glass Delusions’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL featuring works by the Museum’s Artist in Residence, Eleanor Morgan. Using prints, drawings, videos and objects Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials.

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

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Race Equality Charter

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.

A-Level Results 2015: adjustment places available at UCL

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UCL Quad

UCL has a small number of places available on certain courses through UCAS Adjustment. These are for well qualified applicants who have done better than expected, meeting and exceeding the conditions of their firm choice. We do not have any places available through Clearing.

Large trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools

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Paula Kearney, UCL Academy teacher, talking to pupils (from left to right) Patricia Markauskaite, Enaya Ali and Haroon Hussein (credit: Wellcome Trust)

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.

Landmark 69-year study to provide window into dementia

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Professor Nick Fox and Dr Jonathan Schott

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 Academy students become environmental engineers

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UCL Academy students become environmental engineers

144 Year 7 students at UCL Academy have been learning about the waste-energy-food cycle as part of a six-week environmental engineering educational programme led by Dr Aiduan Borrion (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), in the first major collaboration between UCL Engineering and UCL Academy.

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