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The Big One: UCL student's award-winning musical theatre project

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High School Musical rehearsals

An innovative student-led volunteering project, involving a partnership between UCLU Musical Theatre Society, the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) and two local London schools (UCL Academy and Regent High School), recently staged the biggest musical theatre production they have ever attempted: High School Musical.

Crowd-sourcing Britain's Bronze Age: call for public to help catalogue and model prehistoric artefacts

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Micropasts

A new joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking online contributions from members of the public to enhance a major British Bronze Age archive and artefact collection.

UCL Professor Jane Dacre elected president of the Royal College of Physicians

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Professor Jane Dacre

Professor Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians last night, by single transferable vote from a field of ten candidates, in a ballot organised by Electoral Reform Services. The result was announced at the end of College Day, the day of the RCP’s Annual General Meeting. Professor Dacre won by 281 votes from the next nearest candidate and becomes the third female president in the RCP’s history. In total there were 4,933 valid votes, and following nine voting transfers Professor Dacre was elected with 1,848 votes.

Mayor launches MedCity with £4.1m investment

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UCL Quad and UCL Hospital

The Mayor of London today launched MedCity, a partnership between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College AHSC, Oxford, Cambridge and the Greater London Authority, to establish London and the Greater South East as a world-leading cluster for life sciences.

UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world’s first computational psychiatry centre

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Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society

The world’s first centre for computational psychiatry was launched on Tuesday 1st April, following a €5m investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL to be spent over the next 5 years.

Jeremy Bentham and the escaped convicts

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Memorandoms of James Martin

The most well-known escape of prisoners transported from England to Australia in the 18th Century has been brought to life, thanks to handwritten accounts by the convicts unearthed in the collections of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham at UCL and now published online for the first time.

Tribute to Captain Jerry Roberts MBE

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Captain Jerry Roberts at UCL

Captain Jerry (Raymond C.) Roberts – one of the last of a top World War Two codebreaking team at Bletchley Park – has died, aged 93, following a short illness. Professor Susanne Kord (UCL German) pays tribute below:

UCL student presents racing eight boat to University of London Boat Club

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Prize Presentation

A top-of-the-range racing eight was presented to University of London Boat Club (ULBC) last week as part of the Parmigiani Spirit Award won by UCL student and captain of the ULBC James Cook.

Cohort training keeps UK ahead

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Professor David Bogle

Professor David Bogle, Head of the UCL Graduate School and Chair of the League of European Research Universities Doctoral Studies Community, welcomes the support for more Centres for Doctoral Training announced in the UK Budget.

Dame DeAnne Julius appointed next Chair of UCL Council

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Dame DeAnne Julius

Dame DeAnne Julius has today been named as the next Chair of UCL Council – taking over from the current Chair, Sir Stephen Wall, with effect from 1 October 2014.

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

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Green Economy

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair.

Royal Tudor foundation stone rediscovered at UCL

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UCL unveiling event

A stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago has been rediscovered behind a false wall in the Geography department of UCL.

IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

The Institute of Education (IOE) and UCL today announced that they are to begin consultation on a proposed merger.

UCL Art Museum awarded grant from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

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grant museum

UCL Art Museum is one of 40 museums across England who will benefit from grants designed to fund improvements that increase access and enhance the display of exhibits, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today.

UCL Academy mentorship programme gets underway

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Academy Mentorship

The first ever mentorship scheme between UCL and the UCL Academy began on 23 January when undergraduate and postgraduate students met their sixth-form mentees.

London’s Volunteering University

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Student Volunteer Homework Club

We all know that UCL is ‘London’s Global University’, but maybe it’s time for the institution to be seen as ‘London’s Volunteering University’.

UCL students complete Winter Hackathon

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Hackin' the City

UCL students were among the 32 participants of this year’s Hackin' the City Winter Hackathon, organised by the UCL Financial Industry Series.

Leading the world on dementia

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Jeremy Hunt IoN visit

The Prime Minister today called for a global effort to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time: dementia. UCL scientists, working with clinicians at the university's partner hospitals, are at the heart of the battle to treat the condition.

UCL confirms development plans to create a new higher education cluster on Olympic Park

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Olympic Park

UCL has reaffirmed that it is continuing to develop plans for a new university quarter in Stratford, following publication of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan today, setting out proposals to support creation of a major new higher education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

UCLU Autumn Volunteering Fair

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Volunteering Fair

UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit are holding their second student volunteering fair on Thursday 21 November, 12 noon – 3pm in the Wilkins South Cloisters.

New £20m centre pioneers first-in-human trials for neurodegenerative diseases

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LWENC (web)

A specialist £20 million research centre, funded by the Wolfson Foundation and dedicated to carrying out first-in-human studies, opens in London today. Researchers at the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) will investigate exciting new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

UCL Lunch Hour Lectures continue

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Lunch Hour Lectures

UCL’s Lunch Hour Lectures continue this term with talks on topics ranging from Stonehenge, to Fukushima and what goes on in the brain of a London cabbie.

New NERC Doctoral Training Partnership announced for London institutions

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NERC DTP

UCL and eight other leading London institutions have today announced the creation of a new London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, which will specialise in training 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years.

Crowdsourcing the Slade: call to help complete class photo archive

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Slade class photo 1905

The Slade School of Fine Art has a fascinating, but currently incomplete, collection of annual class photographs dating from 1931. A new project, led by the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, is appealing for help to identify the sitters in the photos and complete the collection.

UCL and Institute of Education announce new Q-Step Centre

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Q-step

UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have been chosen to host one of 15 Q-Step Centres to train undergraduates in quantitative social science.

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