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British students paint over Kipling mural, protesting against ‘racist attitudes’

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Dr Nick Draper (UCL Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership) commented on recent UK student protests against campus buildings named after people with links to Britain’s colonial slave trade. He suggests such protests are part of a wider phenomenon, with growing tensions surrounding how the past is remembered. Read: NY Times

Is there a difference between vandalism and art?

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Dr Rafael Schacter (UCL Anthropology) talks about differentiating between vandalism and art works and how this distinction can be problematic. Listen: BBC Radio 4 (from 32 min, 35 secs) 

Cisco channels $100m into the UK's artificial intelligence tech sector

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Cisco will partner with UCL to open one of the world's largest research centres for AI, backed by the Prime Minister Theresa May and digital secretary Jeremy Wright. Read: City AM

Brexit must not endanger the soft power projected by universities

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Universities can play a critical role in shaping our country’s future, through research, partnerships & finding solutions to global issues. Writing in The Times, UCL Vice Provost International, Nicola Brewer, explains the value of ‘soft power’. Read: The Times

Australia beats UK for overseas students

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Research by Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Centre for Global Higher Education) has tracked the latest movements in international students. He says Australia is overtaking the UK as the world's second biggest destination for international students. Read: BBC

The teaching of religious education in schools

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Dr Farid Panjwani (UCL Institute of Education) and other education professionals respond to a recent Times article, expressing concern that low levels of religious education at secondary school level means too many teenagers are being deprived of vital knowledge about different faiths and beliefs in community, public and world affairs. Read: The Times

How urban vegetation can store as much carbon as rainforests

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New laser scanning techniques measuring the biomass of urban trees are showing that areas such as inner-London borough Camden are as carbon dense as tropical rainforests. Dr Matthias Disney (UCL Geography) discusses his research using Lidar technology (light detection and ranging). Read: The Independent, More: The Conversation

Brexit: now it’s a battle over who governs Britain

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In an article which assesses the recent Brexit debate on trade relationships, Martin Kettle reflects on political alliances, referencing the launch of UCL’s Independent Commission on Referendums and suggests the report is ‘one of the very few serious attempts to get to grips with the question that remains at the root of our present political discontents: whether referendums can coexist with representative democracy.’ Read: The Guardian

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