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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.

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Bernard Rieger

The end of the people's car

The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement on September 18 that Volkswagen had manipulated diesel engines during emissions tests sent shockwaves around the Western world, writes Professor Bernhard Rieger (UCL History) in Foreign Affairs.

Published: Oct 6, 2015 11:15:27 AM


The Martian got me cheering, but why go to Mars?

The penultimate object in the spectacular Cosmonauts exhibition, just opened at the Science Museum in London, is a spacesuit for a mission to Mars. It is lightweight, almost fragile and the pink-brown colour of the Martian sky. It suggests that after the fraught Cold War dynamics of the old space race, the inevitable next destination is the red planet, writes Professor Jon Agar (UCL Science & Technology Studies) in The Conversation.

Published: Sep 30, 2015 4:00:53 PM


Who benefits when summer-born children start school later?

Expectant parents in England with a September due-date will no longer have to hope that their baby doesn’t arrive too early. The UK schools minister Nick Gibb recently announced that he will amend the school admissions code to clarify that no child will be forced to start school when they have just turned four, says Tammy Campbell (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.

Published: Sep 23, 2015 3:44:34 PM

Andrew Coates

From rockets to space toilets: unique exhibition celebrates Soviet cosmonauts

“Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever,” said the Russian aviation pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1911. The quote, displayed at a new exhibition celebrating Soviet space success, still seems relevant today, writes Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) in The Conversation.

Published: Sep 23, 2015 3:28:54 PM

David Price

To stop REF game playing, why not let everyone take part?

A recent analysis of staff selected for inclusion in last year’s research excellence framework made predictably depressing reading, writes Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) in THE (£).

Published: Sep 17, 2015 2:30:55 PM