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Welcome to the UCL Newsfeed

Hello and welcome to the UCL Newsfeed!

We will be posting daily articles over the next few months to supply you with essential information in preparation for your upcoming experience with us.

If you have any comments for us, just fill in the box on the left hand side of the page.

We hope you find the Newsfeed enjoyable and beneficial!

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Welcome from the Provost

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It is with very great pleasure and a huge amount of pride that I welcome you to UCL.

You are joining one of the world’s leading global universities. We want you to be ready for a global future, capable of assuming leadership responsibility, and ready to make a significant contribution to global society throughout your careers.

I wish you every success in your time at UCL and hope that it will be a thoroughly transformative, high quality, learning and life experience for you.

Michael Arthur, President and Provost, UCL

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Latest News and Updates

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Final feedback survey - chance to win a free place on Maynard Leigh’s ‘Confident Beginnings’ programme!

We hope have enjoyed reading the Newsfeed over the past few months. As you should now be here and fully enrolled, the new students Newsfeed will shortly come to a close. More...

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UCLU’s Big Volunteering Fair - this week!

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Would you like to take the stress out of your day in only 10 minutes?

If so, sign up to “UCL’s 10 minute mind.” More...

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Q&A with Caroline Ellis - UCL Anthropology Alumna

Caroline Ellis graduated from UCL in 1992 with a degree in Anthropology. Caroline is now Senior Director at Stonewall. More...

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29 things you have to do while you’re studying in the UK (Education UK)

You may already have an idea of things you would like to do while you're in the UK...but in case you don't, Education UK have put together a fantastic list of 'must-do' things that we thought we would share with you...
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A-Z Guide

At Enrolment, you should all receive a copy of our new A-Z guide which contains all the essential information on various aspects of UCL life - the guide will probably answer many of the questions you have, so take a look through it and you'll learn a lot about UCL and our services. More...

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Q&A with Gauri Kangai - Human Geography student

Gauri Kangai has just completed her degree in Human Geography. As part of her degree, Gauri spent a year studying in Sweden. Gauri tells us about her first weeks abroad and the highlights of the year, and thinks back to her first weeks at UCL to share her advice for new students...
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Newsfeed competition winners!

Firstly thank you so much to everyone who participated - we were delighted to receive so many responses! For each competition, the winner has been selected at random - the winners' names are listed below.
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Opening a UK bank account - Feedback

Now you've arrived in the UK, we know that one of the first things that many of you want to do is open a UK bank account.

Prior to opening a bank account, we hope you have read through the information provided on our website, in our Newsfeed post and on the flyers handed out by our Global Ambassadors during enrolment.
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Library tours

If you missed the library tours last week, there are some additional tours next week to allow you the opportunity to join one.  More...

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Q&A with Dr Christian Jessen - UCL Medicine Alumnus

Dr Christian Jessen graduated from UCL in 2001 with a degree in Medicine. He is now presenter of Channel 4's 'Embarrassing Bodies' and 'Supersize vs Superskinny'.
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Trips and excursions with International Friends

Whilst London is an excellent city with endless opportunities, you're probably also keen to explore other parts of the UK and Europe while you're here! More...

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UCL ChangeMakers

We want to make sure that you have the best possible learning experience during your time at UCL. University isn’t just about receiving information but involves critical thinking and research. UCL students need to be willing to explore, enquire and learn at the edge of knowledge. More...

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Missed ISOP? Check out our online ISOP!

Welcome to UCL! We hope your first days are going smoothly and you’re settling in well so far.
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Looking after yourself

In the chaos and novelty of university life it's easy to forget about looking after yourself, in terms of both your physical and mental health. As welcome events settle down and you find yourself with more time, you'll have the opportunity to step back and organise your daily life. Here are some key things to think about:
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Plug in to UCL with social media and myUCL

As a new student you’ll soon discover that there’s a lot going on at UCL, from talks and exhibitions, to career opportunities and interesting stories about student life. More...

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Record your time abroad!

You’re embarking upon a big adventure – moving to a new country, meeting new people, trying new food and visiting new places. Your family and friends at home are going to be envious of your adventures and you’re going to have hundreds of stories to tell when you next go home…but how on EARTH are you going to remember all of your exciting experiences? More...

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Q&A with Ruth Clemens - Comparative Literature student

Ruth Clemens is a MA Comparative Literature student at UCL. Ruth tells us the highlights of her UCL experience so far, what she aspires to achieve in the future and shares with us her favourite thing to do in London...
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UCL Go!

As you're trying to find your way around and suss out the UCL essentials, a handy little app may help you on your way...UCL Go!

Available on Apple, Andriod and Blackberry, the UCL Go is an application for students to access UCL University and Union information directly from their mobile devices. Currently this includes: More...

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UCL Advances

UCL Advances, UCL’s centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction helps anyone who wants to learn about, start or grow a business.  More...

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Q&A with UCL Mathematics with Economics Alumnus - Tom Naughton

Tom Naughton graduated from UCL with a BSc in Mathematics with Economics 1994. Tom is now a Partner at Prusik Investment Management More...

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Central IT Inductions

Come along to a short presentation to find out about the IT services available to you at UCL. Sessions are held on a rolling basis and you are welcome to attend any session, whether it is in your timetable or not.  More...

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UCL Health Centre - extended opening hours

The UCL Health Centre, Gower Place Practice, is usually open on weekdays from 9:00-17:30. However, during the first week of term they have extended their opening hours to allow you additional time to register with them. More...

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Settling in at UCL - Advice from current students

We asked some of our current students talk about their experiences of settling into life at UCL and adjusting to life in London - from overcoming challenges, to making the most of London and adapting to 'academic English' at UCL. Dr Paul Walker and Dr Simon Banks also contribute their perspective of the experience.
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Would you like to sleep better?

The Oxford Access for Students Improving Sleep (OASIS) study, conducted in partnership with University College London, offers an effective state of the art sleep improvement programme to all students who take part.  The programme is delivered via the internet and mobile phone. In addition you’d be required to complete online assessments.  There are no face to face appointments.  More...

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Pre-arrival and Enrolment Information

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Final feedback survey - chance to win a free place on Maynard Leigh’s ‘Confident Beginnings’ programme!

We hope have enjoyed reading the Newsfeed over the past few months. As you should now be here and fully enrolled, the new students Newsfeed will shortly come to a close. More...

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A-Z Guide

At Enrolment, you should all receive a copy of our new A-Z guide which contains all the essential information on various aspects of UCL life - the guide will probably answer many of the questions you have, so take a look through it and you'll learn a lot about UCL and our services. More...

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Library tours

If you missed the library tours last week, there are some additional tours next week to allow you the opportunity to join one.  More...

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UCL ChangeMakers

We want to make sure that you have the best possible learning experience during your time at UCL. University isn’t just about receiving information but involves critical thinking and research. UCL students need to be willing to explore, enquire and learn at the edge of knowledge. More...

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Plug in to UCL with social media and myUCL

As a new student you’ll soon discover that there’s a lot going on at UCL, from talks and exhibitions, to career opportunities and interesting stories about student life. More...

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UCL Advances

UCL Advances, UCL’s centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction helps anyone who wants to learn about, start or grow a business.  More...

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Central IT Inductions

Come along to a short presentation to find out about the IT services available to you at UCL. Sessions are held on a rolling basis and you are welcome to attend any session, whether it is in your timetable or not.  More...

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Need help connecting your device to WiFi?

If you need help connecting your device to WiFi at UCL, come along to one of ISD's wireless support clinics.
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Understanding assessment and feedback at UCL

The process of being assessed and receiving feedback on your work will be essential to your learning throughout your time at UCL. Assignments such as essays, presentations and reports, alongside tests and exams, are used to assess your progress against the aims and expectations of modules and programmes. Feedback is given to help you understand where you have done well and where you can improve in later assignments. More...

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UCL Public and Cultural Engagement

UCL PACE (Public and Cultural Engagement) is home to UCL Museums and Collections, the Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio, and the Public Engagement Unit. PACE aims to make UCL an accessible and publicly engaged organisation and link UCL research and teaching to cultural assets (like museums) and the wider community. The museums and the Bloomsbury Theatre play host to some of the most interesting and vibrant cultural activities taking place around the Bloomsbury campus. More...

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Enrolment

When you arrive at UCL one of your first and most important tasks is to enrol in person. On completion of enrolment you will then be able to access all the facilities and services you are entitled to as a student at UCL.

Once you have completed pre-enrolment you will be sent an email telling you when and where to enrol. If you fail to complete pre-enrolment or don't receive any communication about these arrangements before you are due to arrive please contact the New Students Team.

All students are required to enrol in person within the two weeks from their official programme start date. More...

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Academic thinking and writing

Different disciplines have different languages and methods of inquiry, but have much in common too. What is valued in UK Higher Education is being able to think for yourself and to express your thinking in a clear and structured way, especially in writing. More...

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Cambridge English CELTA/Teaching English as a Foreign Language information session

Would you like to teach English as a Foreign Language after you graduate or in your holidays? More...

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Student Surveys: why your response matters

Over the course of your time at UCL, you’ll be asked to tell us what you think about your university experience through online surveys. More...

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Things I wish I'd known before starting UCL - Tom Robinson, UCLU Welfare and International Officer

Tom Robinson is the Welfare and International Officer at UCLU - one of the Sabbatical Officers. Tom has prepared an insightful article about things he wish he had known before starting at UCL - we thought it might be useful to share this with you so you can be fully prepared and don't miss out on any opportunities during your time here!
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Faculty Tutors: What do we do for students?

Julie Evans, Faculty Tutor at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and Mike Rowson, Faculty Tutor at the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences have put together some helpful information about what the role of a Faculty Tutor to give you an idea of what you can expect in your faculty... More...

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Learning (with technology) at UCL

No matter what subject you will be studying at UCL, you will need to use a range of technologies to support your studies.  We've created an online course - Learning With Technology - to help prepare you for how things work here, and give you a chance to access and practice some of the most common - and useful tools and techniques. More...

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UCLU Welcome Festival 2015...It all starts here!

UCLU are running over 100 events in your first couple of weeks to give you the chance to meet other new UCL students and settle into university life!
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Welcome to UCLU 2015 (video)

UCLU have put together a fantastic video to give you a further insight into what they do, how they can support you throughout your time at UCL and all the exciting opportunities you have access to through them. More...

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Meningitis ACWY Vaccination

You may already have seen our previous article about vaccinations, however, as the Meningitis ACWY vaccination programme is new for August 2015, we want to further raise awareness of this vaccination and highlight the importance ensuring you are immunised prior to starting university. More...

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UCL Library Services

We look forward to welcoming you as you start studying at UCL. As a world-class library, we are dedicated to ensuring that each interaction with our services meets your expectations. We continually develop our services and collections to meet your needs, whether you are visiting one of our libraries or accessing our services remotely. UCL Library Services provide books, journals and a range of services to support all subjects taught at UCL. Once you have enrolled on your programme of study you are automatically registered with UCL Library Services.  More...

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Pre-enrolment - Your first step to becoming a UCL student

Once you have accepted and met the conditions of your offer and no more than six weeks before the start of your programme you will receive an email from UCL inviting you to pre-enrol.
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Have you had your vaccinations?

Before starting university, whether you are a UK student or an international student, it is important to make sure you have had the correct vaccinations. More...

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Welcome from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

This is an exciting time to be joining the UCL Institue of Education (IOE). In both the 2014 and 2015 QS World University Rankings, the Institute was ranked number one for education worldwide. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of the Institute’s research was judged to be world class and in January 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education programme. More...

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Welcome from UCL's Information Services Division (ISD)

We all know that one of the first things you're going to want to do when you get to UCL is get online...email your family, update your Facebook location to London and Instragram a picture of the first meal you've cooked in your new kitchen. Thankfully our Information Services Division (ISD) team have put together the following useful information to help you familiarise yourself with the range of IT services on offer at UCL. More...

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Support During your Studies

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Would you like to take the stress out of your day in only 10 minutes?

If so, sign up to “UCL’s 10 minute mind.” More...

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UCL Health Centre - extended opening hours

The UCL Health Centre, Gower Place Practice, is usually open on weekdays from 9:00-17:30. However, during the first week of term they have extended their opening hours to allow you additional time to register with them. More...

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Would you like to sleep better?

The Oxford Access for Students Improving Sleep (OASIS) study, conducted in partnership with University College London, offers an effective state of the art sleep improvement programme to all students who take part.  The programme is delivered via the internet and mobile phone. In addition you’d be required to complete online assessments.  There are no face to face appointments.  More...

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Personal safety video

It is important to take care of yourself while you are in London, to be aware of possible dangers and risks and what to do if you find yourself in a difficult situation. More...

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Stay safe at UCL - UCL Security Services

UCL Security are here for your safety and protection, but they need your help. The Security Services team have put together the following information and guidance to help keep you safe and to make you aware of what to do in the event of a crime taking place.
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Declaring a disability

If you have a physical or sensory impairment, autistic spectrum condition, mental health issue, specific learning difficulty or any other long term medical condition which may impact on your studies, you might be considering whether or not to declare this to the University. Students have every right to withhold this information, however it may be useful to consider the following factors when making your decision: More...

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Headspace - Treat your head right

Headspace is an app that works as your very own personal trainer to help you train your mind. More...

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What can Student Psychological Services provide?

Coming to university can be an exciting and rewarding time. However, it can also be a time of change and stress. This may lead to difficulties and dilemmas which affect your academic performance or social life. The Student Psychological Services is one of the university’s support services which are here to help.  More...

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Student Support and Wellbeing Video

Going to university is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can sometimes be challenging too. UCL Student Support and Wellbeing Services (SSW) are here to provide information, advice and welfare support for all registered students, including the delivery of related student events. More...

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Homesickness

Most people will have felt homesick at some time in their lives, perhaps when they were younger, and it is easy to forget just how overwhelming it can be. More...

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UCLU Rights and Advice

In addition to the support services at UCL, UCLU offers an excellent advice service for all registered students of UCL. More...

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Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to feeling threatened. People differ as to how vulnerable they feel in different situations: this can be influenced by past experiences as well as by the beliefs and attitudes they hold about these situations.
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UCL Student Funding Support

At UCL we understand students can face a range of financial issues and we aim to help and advise you as much as possible, so you have more control over your own financial situation. We offer information online as well as one-to-one support through appointments and a drop-in counter service to discuss any questions you may have.  More...

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Getting used to living away from home

It is a cliché that we can feel lonely - even particularly lonely - in a crowd. Unfortunately it is one that is only too true and all too common at university.
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Coping with change

Starting university is an exciting time and it's the beginning of a new adventure - whether you're moving to London from the other side of the world or if you're coming from another part of London, it is still a new chapter in your life and can make you feel unsettled. The first thing you need to remember is that this is completely normal, and there will be hundreds of other students in the same boat as you.
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Support provided by your Personal Tutor - information and video

Personal Tutoring is a distinctive feature of higher education in the UK. At UCL, every student is provided with a Personal Tutor, who takes an interest in them as an individual and who offers guidance on their overall academic progress and personal and professional development.
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Student Health Association busary opportunities

The Student Health Association runs the Student Health Association Assistance Fund to help students with disabilities to keep up with their studies. The maximum amount of each award is £500 and students must be involved in higher education on a full-time or nearly full-time basis.
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The UCL Health Centre

Welcome to UCL, and we hope you will have an enjoyable and healthy time here! More...

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UCL Transition - what changes can you expect upon becoming a student?

Starting university is a very exciting time, but it can take some time to get used to a new way of life and adapting to changes in both your personal life and academic life. More...

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Support in Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way to meet new people and really get to grips with what London has to offer. UCL’s student accommodation is run by professional management teams who are there to ensure that you feel safe and confident in your new home.
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Support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia/dyspraxia)

My name is Caroline Holden and I work within the Student Disability Services team as a Specialist Tutor/Assessor with responsibility for students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.My job is to ensure that students with specific learning difficulties and students who think they might be dyslexic or dyspraxic know how to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for advice, assessment and support.
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Religious and Spiritual Support at UCL

Many people are surprised to find out that UCL has a Chaplain. It is true that UCL is a secular institution which upholds a deep-seated commitment to equality and diversity, and which has no religious affiliation and does not endorse any particular denomination or faith. However, UCL is also committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment.
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Peer to peer confidential support offered to you by London Nightline

London Nightline is a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London. As a student, you can talk to Nightline about anything - big or small - in complete confidence. More...

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UCL Student Disability Services

UCL Student Disability Services is there to provide information, advice and support to all students with disabilities at UCL. More...

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Introduction to UCL Student Psychological Services

For most of you, most of the time, life at UCL will be really enjoyable. You will meet lots of new people, make lifelong friends, learn a great deal and hopefully not just academically! You will leave College with a degree you can be proud of and one that will enable you to follow the career of your choice. More...

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Information for Non-UK Students (including ISOP)

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29 things you have to do while you’re studying in the UK (Education UK)

You may already have an idea of things you would like to do while you're in the UK...but in case you don't, Education UK have put together a fantastic list of 'must-do' things that we thought we would share with you...
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Opening a UK bank account - Feedback

Now you've arrived in the UK, we know that one of the first things that many of you want to do is open a UK bank account.

Prior to opening a bank account, we hope you have read through the information provided on our website, in our Newsfeed post and on the flyers handed out by our Global Ambassadors during enrolment.
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Trips and excursions with International Friends

Whilst London is an excellent city with endless opportunities, you're probably also keen to explore other parts of the UK and Europe while you're here! More...

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Missed ISOP? Check out our online ISOP!

Welcome to UCL! We hope your first days are going smoothly and you’re settling in well so far.
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Record your time abroad!

You’re embarking upon a big adventure – moving to a new country, meeting new people, trying new food and visiting new places. Your family and friends at home are going to be envious of your adventures and you’re going to have hundreds of stories to tell when you next go home…but how on EARTH are you going to remember all of your exciting experiences? More...

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UCL Cultural Consultation Service

UCL prides itself on being a global, culturally diverse and vibrant university, and values the rich heritage and experience within our students and staff. We are also aware of inter-cultural challenges and social conflicts experienced by students and staff at Universities in the UK. That is why we at UCL have launched a unique service: The CCS. More...

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Free English classes with UCL Centre for Languages and International Education

Do you need help with English speaking, listening, reading or writing? English grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation? Understanding and communication? Join in for FREE! More...

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Your first days at UCL - what to expect as an international student

So after months of preparation, the time has finally come! It is officially time for you to begin your UCL adventure and we can’t wait to welcome you! More...

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Introducing our Global Ambassadors...

Some of the first friendly faces you'll see upon arrival at UCL are those of our wonderful Global Ambassadors. More...

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What (and what not!) to pack

Are you travelling to UCL from overseas? Well, you’re in for a fantastic adventure… trying to pack your whole life into two suitcases! What should you bring, and what should you buy upon arrival? Hopefully this list will help you out with some packing ideas. More...

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Arriving in the UK - tips from UK Border Force

As you prepare to study in the UK, Border Force has developed ten top tips to make sure you have everything you need for a smooth arrival. More...

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HostUK visit funding for Japanese Students

HostUK is delighted to announce that they have received funding to help a limited number of Japanese students enjoy a HOST visit for completely free! More...

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Police Registration

It is important to know that if you are coming to the UK on a Tier 4 Student visa, you may be required to register your stay with the police after arriving here. A list of nationalities that usually need to register with the police can be found on the Home Office website.
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How to get to UCL from the airport

Once you've booked your flights and thought about how on earth you're going to squeeze your life into a 20kg suitcase...the next thing you need to think about it how will you find us when you get off the plane! More...

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Tier 4 students: Collecting your BRP

The information in this article is for Tier 4 visa students only.
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Win a free place on the Slengteng workshop!

For those of you who have not yet read about the fantastic Slengteng voice and pronunciation classes for non-English speakers - read about them here! More...

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Pre-paid currency cash cards

As you are likely to have read already from our Newsfeed post and the information on our website, opening a bank account in the UK can be a long process - you will need to be prepared to wait several weeks to open a bank account in the UK. More...

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Voice and Pronunciation classes for non-English speakers

Are you keen to have more control, power and freedom when you speak in English? Why not sign up for Slengteng? Slengteng programmes help you to develop your spoken English and learn exercises on how to develop your vocal potential.  By the end of the programme you’ll have more ownership of your voice, which will enable you to communicate in a more engaging and powerful way.

Over this 8 week programme you will have the opportunity to explore your voice through fun, physical exercises and discover techniques to improve your communication in the English language.  The workshop will be useful for the following: More...

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Pre-departure events in China - Message from UCLU-CSSA

Congratulations on getting a place at UCL! This is an incredible achievement and it will definitely be an exciting life and study experience for you. Getting used to living and studying as an overseas university student at UCL can take time and you may be feeling anxious about it. More...

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Surviving the British weather

You've all heard the rumours about the British weather...it rains EVERY DAY, right? Well, actually, this is not technically true. Yes, we do get rain...but it's not as bad as you may have heard! More...

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Hong Kong Alumni Club - Pre-departure reception

The UCL Faculty of Laws and the UCL Hong Kong Alumni Club are delighted to invite you to a Freshers' Orientation Reception with Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Hon), Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws on 22nd August 2015.
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Pre-departure event in Hong Kong - Message from UCLU PASS

Congratulations on securing your place at UCL! It will definitely be an awesome year ahead! We are the UCLU Public Affairs and Social Service Society (UCLU PASS) and we are formed by a group of Hong Kong UCL students who are interested in serving the community around us. As September draws closer, most of you will start thinking about the start of term, so there are a couple of things that we think you may want to know.  More...

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Keeping in touch - Mobile phones in the UK

When you arrive in the UK, one of the first things you're going to want to do is get yourself set up with a UK phone so you can keep in touch with your new London friends! More...

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10 Tips to Build Your Confidence as an international student at UCL

1. Don’t worry – all students starting at UCL are new to the culture. More...

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Raising confidence if English is a second language

It’s likely that your accent is less of a problem than you think: you feel self-conscious or lacking in confidence, and you make comparisons with ‘native English speakers’. Comparisons like this aren’t helpful. Very many native English speakers are shy about speaking out in groups, and if other people notice your accent this doesn’t mean that they will think you less intelligent. Accents are attractive! More...

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General Information and Events

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UCLU’s Big Volunteering Fair - this week!

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Newsfeed competition winners!

Firstly thank you so much to everyone who participated - we were delighted to receive so many responses! For each competition, the winner has been selected at random - the winners' names are listed below.
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Looking after yourself

In the chaos and novelty of university life it's easy to forget about looking after yourself, in terms of both your physical and mental health. As welcome events settle down and you find yourself with more time, you'll have the opportunity to step back and organise your daily life. Here are some key things to think about:
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UCL Go!

As you're trying to find your way around and suss out the UCL essentials, a handy little app may help you on your way...UCL Go!

Available on Apple, Andriod and Blackberry, the UCL Go is an application for students to access UCL University and Union information directly from their mobile devices. Currently this includes: More...

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Settling in at UCL - Advice from current students

We asked some of our current students talk about their experiences of settling into life at UCL and adjusting to life in London - from overcoming challenges, to making the most of London and adapting to 'academic English' at UCL. Dr Paul Walker and Dr Simon Banks also contribute their perspective of the experience.
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Council Tax Exemption

Council Tax is the system of local taxation used in England, Scotland Wales to part fund the services provided by local government in each country. More...

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Enterprise & Career Development Opportunities - Event this Thursday

UCL Advances is UCL's centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction. Offering a wide range of programmes and support throughout the year, we help anyone who wants to learn about, start, or grow a business. More...

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Making Friends

It's common to worry that you won't make any friends at university. However, everybody will be in the same position as you. Very few freshers will know anybody else at their university, so they'll be just as anxious and eager to make friends with you as you are to make friends with them. In fact, in a survey, more than half of students found it easier to make friends than they had expected.

Here are some practical tips on getting talking to people:
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Shopping around UCL

You’ve arrived in London with your suitcases stuffed to the seams, but your accommodation is still missing a few noticeable things. A hair dryer. A microwave. Speakers for your iPod. Cleaning supplies. Batteries. A mop. A television. No doubt you're wondering where on earth can you buy this mixed bunch of items?! More...

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Would you like the chance to win an overnight stay in a luxury suite at the Montague on the Gardens Hotel?

For the final Newsfeed competition, the Montague on the Gardens Hotel is offering the chance to win an overnight stay in a luxury suite and complimentary breakfast for one student and two of their family members! More...

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Exploring...London's quirky cafes

In London, there is something for EVERYONE. Crazy cat lady? We’ve got a café for you. Enjoy breakfast so much you wish it was socially acceptable to eat cereal for dinner? We’ve got the perfect place for you too. Love arts and crafts with your cup of tea? Yep, we’ve got somewhere for you too. More...

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Clubs and Societies at UCLU

UCL students currently run over 200 different clubs and societies through UCLU, providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities for you to get involved with during your time at UCL. Whether you’re into French, finance or football, there’s bound to be a society that’s a great match for you! More...

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Upcoming event: World Mental Health Day talk by Eleanor Longden

World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Every year - on 10 October - we join together in shining the spotlight on a particular aspect of mental ill health More...

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Top money saving tips from UCL Financial Advice and Support

To help you plan for your time in London and make sure your budget stretches as far as possible, take a look at the top money saving tips our Financial Advice and Support team have put together: More...

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How to obtain an 18+ Student Oyster photocard

One of the many benefits of being a student in London is that you have access to a range of discounts...just because you're a student! One discount you may have heard about is the Student Oyster photocard. Unsure what an Oyster card is? Read our Word of the Week post for details!
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The Quiet Contemplation Room at UCL

The Quiet Contemplation Room is a space on UCL’s main campus where students of any religion, or of no religion, can pray, engage in quiet reflection or engage in meditation. All of UCL’s staff members and registered students can use this room. More...

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Exploring...London Parks

If you're used being surrounded by fields of green and you're concerned that London is just one big concrete jungle...you're wrong! Whilst there are lot of buildings in London, London is also home to many beautiful parks where you can escape the city, relax and get back in touch with nature. We've listed below our top picks of parks in London...
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Study Abroad

Welcome to UCL from the Study Abroad Team! As you make preparations for your arrival in London and the start of an amazing university experience, we’d like to introduce you to the Study Abroad Programme, giving you the opportunity to live and study in another country as part of your UCL degree. More...

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Give it a go!

Give it a Go provides an exciting programme of one-off events for all UCL students. It’s a convenient and very affordable way of taking a leap into the unknown and doing something you’ve never done before! Best of all, it’s for UCL students so it’s a great way to meet new people at university. More...

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Student discounts

One of the perks of being a student is that you can get discounts in a range of shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres...the list goes on!
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Word of the Week - Oyster Card

For those of you who have been to London before or are London locals, this is an easy one for you - but for all of you coming from anywhere outside of London, an Oyster Card is one of the first things you'll need to know about when you get here. More...

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Skills 4 Study Campus: an online resource for UCL students to help you prepare for university life

UCL has licensed access to a highly regarded online resource 'skills4studycampus' produced by the academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan and based on the work of Dr Stella Cottrell, now Pro-Vice Chancellor at another London university.
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Clever people doing things - UCL SoundCloud

Every week this summer, UCL SoundCloud is releasing a new episode of a podcast series 'Clever People Doing Things'. Produced by UCL Public and Cultural Engagement, the five episodes are based on their training and funding project, 'Train and Engage', following the stories of researchers and their public engagement work. More...

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Be a part of Green UCL

We’re creating a more sustainable UCL. Be part of it. More...

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Equality and Diversity at UCL

UCL is a microcosm of the world in the heart of London with students from 152 countries. Over half our students are female and around 5% of our students declare a disability. In short, it is a diverse and exciting place to study. More...

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Articles for Inspiration

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Q&A with Caroline Ellis - UCL Anthropology Alumna

Caroline Ellis graduated from UCL in 1992 with a degree in Anthropology. Caroline is now Senior Director at Stonewall. More...

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Q&A with Gauri Kangai - Human Geography student

Gauri Kangai has just completed her degree in Human Geography. As part of her degree, Gauri spent a year studying in Sweden. Gauri tells us about her first weeks abroad and the highlights of the year, and thinks back to her first weeks at UCL to share her advice for new students...
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Q&A with Dr Christian Jessen - UCL Medicine Alumnus

Dr Christian Jessen graduated from UCL in 2001 with a degree in Medicine. He is now presenter of Channel 4's 'Embarrassing Bodies' and 'Supersize vs Superskinny'.
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Q&A with Ruth Clemens - Comparative Literature student

Ruth Clemens is a MA Comparative Literature student at UCL. Ruth tells us the highlights of her UCL experience so far, what she aspires to achieve in the future and shares with us her favourite thing to do in London...
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Q&A with UCL Mathematics with Economics Alumnus - Tom Naughton

Tom Naughton graduated from UCL with a BSc in Mathematics with Economics 1994. Tom is now a Partner at Prusik Investment Management More...

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Q&A with Chhavi Maggu - Chemical Engineering student

Chhavi Maggu is an undergraduate Chemical Engineering student who has just completed a year abroad in the USA. Chhavi tells us about her study abroad experiences, the advice she'd give to new students starting at UCL and what she hopes to achieve in the future...
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Q&A with Coco Wong - Linguistics student

Coco Wong is an undergraduate Linguistics student. Coco tells us about her experiences as an international student at UCL, her top thing to do in London and what she aspires to achieve in the future...
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Q&A with Maria Cross - Health Informatics for Paediatric Ophthalmology PhD student

Maria Cross completed her undergraduate degree at UCL and now she's working on her PhD in Health Informatics for Paediatric Ophthalmology. Alongside her studies, Maria volunteered on a musical theatre project. She tells us about her volunteering work - the highlights and the challenges - and why she thinks volunteering is a great thing to do...
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Q&A with UCL Computer Science Alumnus - Dr Christian Nentwich

Dr Christian Nentwich graduated from UCL in 2000 with a BSc Computer Science degree. Following this, he completed a PhD in Computer Science at UCL in 2005. He is now Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Duco More...

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Q&A with Ian Davies - Economics student

Ian Davies is an undergraduate Economics student who has just completed his year abroad in New York. Ian talks to us about the highlights and first weeks abroad, as well as thinking back to his first weeks at UCL...
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Q&A with Nightline Adviser (anonymous)

Nightline is a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London - you can read more about the service in our Newsfeed post. A couple of the UCL hotline volunteers have answered some questions for us to give you a further insight into the service and their roles as advisers. As Nightline is a confidential service, we have kept their identities anonymous. Here is what our first volunteer has to say...
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Q&A with Navin Bharwani - MEng Computer Science student

Navin Bharwani is a Computer Science student at UCL. Having just returned from studying abroad in Canada, Navin tells us about his positive experiences of life in Vancouver, shares his advice for new students, as well as what he hopes to achieve in the future... More...

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Q&A with Cara Goldthorpe - Law with French Law student

Cara Goldthorpe is an undergraduate student currently studying Law with French Law. Cara recently won the TARGETjobs Law Undergraduate Student of the Year award and shares her experiences of this with us, alongside her highlights of studying at UCL and abroad in France as part of her degree... More...

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Q&A with Ethan White - Archaeology PhD student

Ethan White completed his BA and MA at UCL and is now a PhD student at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Ethan talks to us about his studies, looks back over his years at UCL and shares with us his top things to do in London... More...

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Q&A with Callum Donaldson - Medical student

Callum Donaldson is a Medical student who has been volunteering for a charity through UCLU Volunteering Services Unit for the last 5 years. Callum tells us about the highlights and challenges of his volunteering experiences, and why he'd recommend other students get involved in volunteering...
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Q&A with Jon Webb - English Language and Literature student

Jon Webb has just completed the final year of his undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature. Jon looks back over his time at UCL and shares with us his highlights, what he would do if he were about to start university all over again and what he plans to do next...
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Q&A with Amy Edgington - UCL Earth Sciences, PhD student

Amy Edgington is an Earth Sciences PhD student who was recently selected as one of the speakers for Soapbox Science in London in May. Amy tell us about life as a PhD student and fills us in on what Soapbox Science is all about...
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Q&A with Rafael Prieto Curiel - Mathematics and Crime PhD student

Rafael Prieto Curiel is currently studying a PhD in Mathematics and Crime. He, together with his team, have founded Chalkdust - an innovative magazine that Rafael hopes will change negative perceptions of mathematics and inspire others. Rafael tell us more about Chalkdust and shares with us some of his experiences as a UCL student...
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Q&A with Charlotte Lee - Psychology and Language Sciences student

Charlotte Lee is an undergraduate Psychology and Language Sciences student, currently volunteering at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre alongside her studies. Charlotte tells us about her experiences, the challenges of her volunteering role and what she aspires to achieve in the future...
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Q&A with Sarrah Raza - Biological Sciences student

Sarrah Raza is a first year Biological Sciences student who has recently participated in the UCL Global Citizenship Programme. Sarrah gives us an insight into the Programme, what it means to be a "global citizen" and why other students should get involved...
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Q&A with Celine Goh - Medical student

Celine Goh is a fourth year medical student who is currently volunteering through UCLU Volunteering Services Unit alongside her studies. Celine tells us about her volunteering experiences, the difference she feels she's made through volunteering and why other students should volunteer too...
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Q&A with Frank Penter - Bloomsbury ‎Theatre Operations Manager

The Bloomsbury Theatre is a West End theatre right on the UCL campus. Frank Penter, Operations Manager at the theatre, was a UCL student and then a UCL Hall Warden  prior to working at the theatre. Frank shares his views and experiences of UCL, from both a student and staff perspective! More...

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Q&A with Ben Cooke - Natural Sciences student

Ben Cooke is an undergraduate student who has just completed the third year of his Natural Sciences degree at UCL. Ben talks to us about sports at UCL, discovering a Supernova and escaping the UCL bubble to explore London further...
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Q&A with Rosanna Brunwin - MA Gender Studies student

Rosanna Brunwin is MA Gender Studies student at the UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Rosanna talks to us about her UCL experiences, how life as a postgraduate differs to life as an undergraduate and what it's like helping out in the Alumni Relations office...
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Q&A with Selina Groh - Earth Sciences, PhD student

Selina Groh is a PhD student in the UCL Earth Sciences department within the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). Selina was recently named MAPS faculty winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition. Here Selina tells us about the competition, what it's like to be a PhD student and where you can find the best chai latte on campus...
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