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Free schools ‘socially select’ pupils, research suggests

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Analysis of school census data for all free schools opened between 2011 and 2014 by Professor Francis Green, Dr Rebecca Allen and Dr Andrew Jenkins (all UCL Institute of Education) points to distinct differences in admissions between free schools, especially primaries, and other institutions. Read: Schools Week

How London’s next mayor could fix air pollution – and save lives

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Clive Shrubsole (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) explains that the main mayoral candidates agree air quality is a huge issue, but disagree on policies. Read: The Conversation

Does London really need an elected mayor?

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) explains why there’s an argument to be made for the old way of doing things. Read: The Conversation

Public transport is part of the London mayor’s raison d'être – but both main candidates fail to impress

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In an op-ed piece, PhD candidate Nicole Badstuber (UCL Transport Institute) says that with a fast-growing population, London needs a mayor with a clear vision for public transport. Read: The Conversation

Parents’ career concerns leading to curtailing of music

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Research led by Dr Andrea Creech (UCL Institute of Education) has found that music education is still not easily accessible for all children due to a number of barriers including parental concerns about career prospects and time pressures on the curriculum. Read: SecEd, More: UCL News

Excellent healthcare has clinical research pulsing in its veins

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The junior doctor contract not only deters the lab work that leads to breakthroughs, it threatens quality of care, argues Dr Amitava Banerjee (UCL Institute of Health Informatics). Read: THE (£)

The Flaneur - walking in the city

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Dr Matthew Beaumont (UCL Urban Laboratory and UCL English Language & Literature) argues that the urban stroller isn't simply a by-product of modernism, illuminating London's past via the nocturnal wanderings of poets, novelists and thinkers. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Thinking Allowed’ (from 8 mins 30 secs)

When myth meets reality: fabled beasts and real-life creatures

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In an op-ed piece Professor Roger Wotton (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says that fantasy often meets reality when we try to find explanations for mythological creatures. Read: The Conversation

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