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UCL Medical students mastermind What Do You Think?: a mental health awareness day to change your perspective on mental illness

Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year?* Someone you know may have a mental health problem right now. It could be a family member, a friend, a classmate, a lab partner, a flatmate. Despite the likelihood that someone you know may be suffering, how comfortable are we really when it comes to talking about mental illness? The answer according to two UCL students is we’re not comfortable enough and that needs to change.

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Statement on heating issues in the UCL Main Library

The Wilkins Building, where the Main Library is located, experienced a problem with its heating this week which affected certain areas of the building. We’re sorry if this impacted you. UCL Estates and Library Customer Service teams are working hard to get the system back to full capacity.

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Do you want to cut your sugar intake as part of your New Year’s resolution?

Most people generally like sweet tastes but would like to consume less added sugar because of the bad effects it may have on general health, weight or their teeth. A lot of interest has been directed at reducing the consumption of sugar from soft drinks, but sweetened coffees and teas are often underestimated in contributing to high levels of sugar intake. 

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What do new students think of UCL? The results are in

The first New to UCL Survey gives a broadly positive picture of the experience of new students. Overall, 92% of new students who took part in the survey, agreed that they feel welcome and part of the UCL community, and 94% are satisfied with their overall arrival experience here.The survey was sent to just under 19,000 new students, both undergraduates and postgraduates, and 25% (4,600) took part. Congratulations to Bori Toth who won the £500 cash prize draw and also Felix Schmirler and Kiran Gopinathan who won a £100 Amazon voucher each. Winners have been emailed with the details.

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Seven questions with Jennifer Dickson

This week, meet Jennifer, a student on the Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree, with a major in cultures and a minor in science and engineering. Jennifer, a self-confessed peanut butter fanatic, is a member of UCLU VolSoc, a student-run network for student volunteers, as well as a Hub Leader at the Bloomsbury FoodCycle, a charity that tackles food poverty, food waste, and social isolation.

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Southern Rail and Tube strike: January examinations advice

Southern Rail has advised that planned industrial will now take place on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 January with additional disruption expected on Monday 9 and Thursday 12 January 2017. 

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Seven questions with Stella Prins

This week, meet Stella Prins a PhD student in Dr Paola Vergani’s group based in UCL’s Department of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology. Stella and her group are studying the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR), a defect in this protein causes cystic fibrosis. Stella is also trying to raise awareness of the funding difficulties experienced by PhD students during periods of illness, following her own experience with thyroid cancer.

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Could your research poster get to Parliament?

Final year undergraduates and the class of 2016 are invited to submit a poster showcasing their undergraduate research, for an exhibition in the UCL Cloisters on 2 and 3 March.

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Your Future survey: the final week’s winners announced

For the past three weeks UCL Careers has been running a survey to better understand the approach you take in preparing for your future career, to make sure your careers support is appropriate and happens at the right time for you

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6 things to do in London during the Christmas break

Christmas time is just around the corner, and while many of you will be travelling home for the break, some of you might be spending it here in London. So, here’s our top six seasonal things to do for those of you staying in the city during the festive season.

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