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Would John Williams’ Stoner survive today?

Recently, almost 50 years after its original publication – but only two years after it became a best-seller – I got around to reading John Williams’ Stoner. For those of you who are not familiar with the book, which was hailed by The New Yorker as “the greatest American novel you’ve never heard of”, it is a beautifully written story about one man’s perfectly ordinary life, writes Dr Rachel Carey (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in THE (£).

Published: Apr 30, 2015 3:31:50 PM

Graeme Reid

Open letter to the science minister

Congratulations on your appointment. Your predecessors have worked with the community to build science and research into one of this country’s greatest strengths. However, several major challenges still remain. The UK’s scientific community is built on the free flow of talent. Immigration policy has threatened this flow and tarnished our reputation. The solution is clear: we need to remove the immigration limit on highly skilled people, writes Professor Graeme Reid (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) in Research Fortnight (£). More...

Published: Apr 30, 2015 3:10:03 PM

Ian Kelman

How earthquake safety measures could have saved thousands of lives in Nepal

Earthquake engineers often say earthquakes don’t kill people, collapsing buildings do. The tragic loss of life that followed the huge earthquake in Nepal on April 25 occurred despite the fact that the country is among the world’s leaders in community-based efforts to reduce disaster risk. But poverty, corruption, and poor governance have all led to a failure to enforce building codes – as has a shortage of skilled engineers, planners and architects, writes Dr Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction) in The Conversation.

Published: Apr 29, 2015 2:34:04 PM

Michael Collins

There are real risks for the SNP in supporting a minority Labour government

For now, the Tories would love English voters to believe this. Ed Miliband in the pocket of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon is a theme designed purely for their core English vote. David Cameron seems willing to exchange an SNP landslide in Scotland for a Tory victory at Westminster. Coming from the so-called Conservative and Unionist Party, this is an astonishingly cavalier and short-sighted betrayal of the party's history, which they may live to regret, writes Dr Michael Collins (UCL History) in The Herald. More...

Published: Apr 29, 2015 9:28:28 AM


Dog day care shows why the output gap is now largely redundant

I am keen on dogs. Recently, I saw an advert for a special canine toothbrush designed to get rid of the pet’s bad breath – surely a difficult challenge given what dogs get up to. Vans promoting home beauty visits for dogs have been widespread for some time now. A new service being promoted is day care for dogs, similar, one might think, to child care. The dog is deposited and entertained for the day while you go off to your meeting or out to lunch, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in City AM. More...

Published: Apr 29, 2015 9:25:45 AM