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UCL President & Provost elected to the board of the League of European Research Universities

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UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, has been appointed as a member of the board of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) alongside Professor Karen Maex from the University of Amsterdam.

UCL-Lebanon project to map out a future for refugees

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A new UCL research centre, which will explore how to build prosperous societies in communities affected by mass displacement such as Lebanon, received its UK launch today.

German universities likely to benefit from Brexit

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UK universities are likely to suffer because of Brexit while German universities may benefit, according to new UCL-led research.

UCL awarded funding to transform health through data science

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UCL has been chosen as a foundation partner of the new national institute Health Data Research (HDR) UK.  

UCL bucks trend with 15% rise in applications

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UCL has had a surge in applications for undergraduate courses from home, EU and overseas students, outperforming the overall rates in the UK higher education sector.

Israeli writer Hen Mazzig returns to UCL in “brave” assertion of freedom of speech

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Israeli writer Hen Mazzig returned to speak at UCL this week, hailing the decision to invite him back as a “brave and honourable” commitment by the university to freedom of speech.

UCL statement on the London Conference on Intelligence

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UCL is totally committed to vigorously combatting racism and sexism in all forms, both on our campus, and beyond.  In doing so we must, however, also acknowledge that we have a legal obligation to protect free speech on campus, within the law, even if the views expressed are inconsistent with the values and views of UCL.

UCL launches open access megajournal to help solve the world’s biggest challenges

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UCL Press is launching a new open access megajournal that will provide academics and students with ground-breaking research free of charge in a move that challenges traditional commercial publishing models.

Lisa Milroy’s solo exhibition at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is hosting a major solo exhibition of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art’s Head of Graduate Painting, Lisa Milroy.

Israeli speaker Hen Mazzig returns to UCL in demonstration of freedom of speech

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UCL has invited the Israeli-born writer, speaker and activist Hen Mazzig back to speak at the university in an explicit demonstration of its commitment to free speech.

UCL professor takes up adviser role to EU commissioner

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UCL Professor Mariana Mazzucato this week took up her role as Moedas’s special advisor on mission-driven science and innovation.

Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni

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Four UCL academics and five alumni have been awarded honours in the New Year’s Honours including a knighthood and a dame.

A tribute to Randolph Quirk, a “towering UCL intellect”

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Lord Randolph Quirk

The great British linguist, life peer and UCL scholar Baron Randolph Quirk has died at the age of 97. He passed away on Wednesday night.

Third of over 75s unaware they have chronic kidney disease

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Over one-third of people aged over 75 show evidence of having severe chronic kidney disease, according to research from UCL published in the latest NHS Digital Health Survey for England. By comparison, only 5 per cent of adults of that age reported that they had been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease by a doctor.

Pupils from across the country celebrate Mandarin success

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Over 100 pupils were this week praised by Education Secretary Justine Greening and Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb on their high levels of achievements studying under the Mandarin Excellence Programme.

UCL to train FCO diplomats and staff in economic skills from knowing markets to handling crises

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UCL has won a flagship contract to train the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s staff and diplomats around the world in economics, ranging from how different markets and exchange rates operate to the economics of climate change and macro-economic crises.

Worldwide campaign on abortion raises $300m, UCL Lancet lecture told

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The Dutch MP leading the worldwide campaign against Donald Trump’s funding ban on abortion advice revealed at the UCL Lancet lecture last night that it has so far raised $300m including up to $100m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an anonymous US donor.

Young people have more varied sex lives than their parents

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Young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago, according to new analysis by UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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.

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