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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.


Jo Wolff

Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time

Hundreds of hours of academic staff time will be devoted to each appointment. Is it worth it? Or is it collective madness? Could we, instead, contract out at least part of the process to recruitment specialists, as in other areas of professional employment? One day I might propose this, just to see the howls of protest. It will correctly be argued that making the right appointments should be at the top of our priority list, and this is the only way we know of doing it, writes Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) in The Guardian. More...

Published: Apr 15, 2014 4:23:35 PM

Stephen Caddick

Med City can galvanise science and business in the UK

Med City was launched to great fanfare last week by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Bringing together the powerhouses of academic and clinical research at UCL, Imperial, Kings, Oxford and Cambridge, it’s a hugely welcome development. Critics have questioned whether the initiative is really needed or runs the risk of adding additional layers of unnecessary bureaucracy, but Med City has an important role to play in galvanising the talents of the UK’s life science researcher, writes Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice-Provost, Enterprise) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 15, 2014 10:27:30 AM


Conservation should protect the most genetically unique species, not just the most rare

A new approach has been pioneered by a collaboration of universities that could provide a method to decide how limited conservation funds should be spent. The technique uses genetics to ascertain how many relatives a bird species has, evolutionarily speaking, with the aim of identifying and prioritising species that demonstrate the most genetic uniqueness for conservation efforts, rather than simply those that are few in number, writes Dr David Redding (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 11, 2014 5:07:16 PM

Clive Shrubsole

Drive to improve housing can bring unintended consequences

The UK is one of only a handful of countries that has put in place legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. How the country intends to go about meeting these targets is another matter entirely, says Clive Shrubsole (UCL Bartlett) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 11, 2014 9:42:17 AM


Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

It’s getting hot in the city, and our overheated cities are only going to get hotter still as more people pile in and development and energy use intensifies. But planting away the problem could be a surprisingly low-cost solution to create cool roofs that will reduce office temperatures and improve working conditions for millions, says Gurdane Virk (UCL Bartlett) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 10, 2014 1:35:22 PM