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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

Has the Research Excellence Framework been drowned out by its own noise?

The results of the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) have been ranked according to research intensity, power and strength, all weighting the same factors in different ways. Add to that grade point average and quality index and there are at least five ways in which league tables have been compiled by serious-minded folk, writes Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) in the Guardian.

Published: Jan 27, 2015 10:16:18 AM

Peter Rees

London needs homes, not towers of ‘safe-deposit boxes’

London is gloriously un-plannable and horribly unplanned. From the Romans to the Romanians, the immigrant tribes who now call themselves English have been drawn to our uniquely cosmopolitan capital. This heterogeneous cultural mixture may help to explain the lack of appetite for plan-led “improvements” or urban reshaping. There is no common cultural foundation upon which to create a formal grand plan, writes Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) in The Guardian.

Published: Jan 26, 2015 11:09:20 AM


Coaching by numbers: is data analytics the future of management?

Maths over Mourinho? Analytics over Ancelotti? Data analysis is now commonplace in both the sporting and business worlds, but human decision making still dominates in management, writes Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in the Guardian Creative Data blog. More...

Published: Jan 22, 2015 4:52:43 PM


British volcanologist wins earth sciences ‘Nobel’ prize

A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Stephen Sparks of the University of Bristol will receive the £165,000 ($250,000) award for his groundbreaking research into the workings of volcanoes, writes Robin Wylie (UCL Earth Sciences) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Jan 22, 2015 10:29:36 AM

Chris Cook

Oil crash: is this the end of a long period of inflated prices?

What on earth is going on in the oil market? Does the recent 60% collapse in oil prices in six months really reflect shifts in underlying supply and demand for crude oil? I’m afraid not, as I have been predicting for more than three years. Here’s what has really been happening, writes Chris Cook (UCL Institute for Security & Resilience Studies) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Jan 16, 2015 9:50:33 AM