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Vice-Provost's View: UCL and the Francis Crick Institute

Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the Duke of York, officially opened the Francis Crick Institute this month. This is a £650 million investment, in which UCL is a founding partner along with the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, King's College London (KCL) and Imperial College London.

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Spotlight on Manjula Patrick

This week the spotlight is on Manjula Patrick, Centre Administrator, Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL) Centre.

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Vice-Provost’s View: What’s new about UCL Grand Challenges?

At the heart of UCL Grand Challenges – which we celebrated and reviewed last year, and are expanding and refreshing this year – were two simple notions: an obligation based on our founding principles; and an opportunity based on our collective capacity.

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New interim Chairs of the UCL Research Ethics Committee (REC)

Professor John Foreman, current Chair of the UCL REC will be stepping down at the end of the year and will be replaced by the following academic interim Chairs for a period of 12 months effective from January 2017 until a permanent academic Chair is appointed:

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Spotlight on Gustav Milne

This week the spotlight is on Gustav Milne, Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Archaeology.

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Spotlight on Joseph Lovell

This week the spotlight is on Joseph Lovell, Head of Research Impact Curation and Support, Office of the Vice-Provost (Research).

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New reporting line for UCL Library Services

UCL Library Services has been moved from UCL Professional Services to report to the Vice-Provost (Research), Prof David Price, with immediate effect. Dr Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services, has been appointed Pro-Vice-Provost.

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Consultation on changes to the UCL HR Capability Policy

As part of an ongoing review of UCL’s HR policies and procedures, a new UCL Capability Policy has been drafted in consultation with the campus trade unions. It is proposed that the new policy will replace the current Capability Policy.

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Spotlight on Emma J. Leaver

This week the spotlight is on Emma J. Leaver, Corporate Events Manager in UCL Communications and Marketing.

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Provost’s View: Rising to the challenge of sustainability

Sustainable development is one of the major global themes of the 21st century and one that challenges our economic model of growth and development, the way in which our society functions and our custodianship of the earth’s resources. 

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B-MEntor: cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds

Building on previously successful years, UCL is currently recruiting the next cohort of mentees and mentors for B-MEntor, the cross-institutional London-wide mentoring scheme for academic and research staff from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. It is being run in partnership with Queen Mary University and the London School of Economics. It is a well-established programme which was shortlisted for two national awards in 2014: the ENEI Tapping into Talent award and the Race for Opportunity Developing Talent (Progression) Award.

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Spotlight on Sophie Vinter

This week the spotlight is on Sophie Vinter, Global Engagement Communications Officer in the UCL Global Engagement Office.

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UCL Professional Services effectiveness survey

More than 12,000 UCL staff will shortly be invited to participate in the second service effectiveness survey. The aim is to seek your confidential feedback about some key professional services at UCL and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

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Out@UCL and Friends of Out@UCL networking lunch

Professor Anthony Smith, LGBTQ+ champion on the Provost’s Senior Management Team, invites LGBTQ+ staff and their friends to an informal lunch on Tuesday 15 November from 12:30–1:30pm in the Main Quad Pavilion, UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT. 

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Spotlight on Kevin Jones

This week the spotlight is on Kevin Jones, Facilities Manager at the UCL Bartlett.

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UCL statement: protest at UCLU event

UCL and UCLU do not condone acts of intimidation or violence under any circumstances and, as a university with a longstanding radical history, we fiercely support the right to exercise free speech within the law.

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New to UCL student survey

On Friday 28 October UCL will launch the New to UCL survey for the first time. The survey will be sent to any new undergraduate or postgraduate who has joined UCL this academic year and will cover a number of different aspects including decision-making, enrolment, accommodation, support services and department welcome. A prize draw incentive of £500 cash is on offer, as well as 2 x £100 Amazon vouchers. 

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