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Spotlight on Ömar Safwat

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Omar Safwat

This week the spotlight is on Ömar Safwat, who is on work experience in UCL Communications and Marketing.

Provost’s Long View: Reflecting on my first year

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Portico

As this will be the last Provost’s View before the summer break, I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on my first year in office and comment on what it has been like to join UCL at such an exciting and interesting time.

Spotlight on Rachel Middlemass

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Rachel Middlemass

This week the spotlight is on Rachel Middlemass, Senior Research Impact Curation Editor, UCL Research Impact Curation (RIC) Team.

Transforming UCL: teaching space acquired at Birkbeck

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Portico

Over the last ten years student numbers at UCL have increased by more than 50 per cent, from approximately 19,000 in 2003-4 to almost 29,000 in 2013-14.

Camden Council consultation on proposals for area near UCL Bloomsbury campus

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Camden Council is currently consulting on various proposals affecting the area around the UCL Bloomsbury campus. Camden's West End Project "will transform the Tottenham Court Road area, making it safer and more attractive for residents, boosting business and creating new public spaces".Under the proposals the current one-way system in Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road will be replaced with "two-way tree-lined streets, some protected cycle lanes and new public space".

UCL parents and carers together network (PACT) event: coping with needs: special or not!

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I am pleased to invite you to our next structured PACT session which is aimed at families who have children with disabilities:

Provost’s View: Celebrating excellence and success

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Public engagement

With the end of the examination period and the approach of summer, it feels like an appropriate time for us to pay tribute to some of the award-winning activity that has taken place across the university over the past few weeks.

Spotlight on Chris O'Rourke

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Spotlight on Chris O'Rourke

This week the spotlight is on Dr. Chris O'Rourke, Research Associate, UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP)/UCL Film Studies.

Participants needed for research study into the effects of alternative drug-free treatments on smoking

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UCL Epidemiology and Public Health is recruiting current smokers to participate in research to investigate the effects of alternative, drug-free treatments on smoking.

Second annual UCL global citizenship programme is a great success

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Global citizenship

After two weeks, hundreds of hours of work and a great deal of enthusiasm from UCL staff and students, the second UCL Global Citizenship Programme, which ran from 2nd-13th June, has concluded successfully.

Vice-Provost’s View: UCL & the Olympic Park

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

It is now four months since my last Vice-Provost’s view outlining our plans to establish a new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP).

Spotlight on Rosalind Duhs

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Rosalind Duhs

This week the spotlight is on Rosalind Duhs, Principal Teaching Fellow and Associate Director (Staff Development), UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT).

Immigration changes: information for UCL staff

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Further changes to the points-based immigration regime were announced last month by the Home Office. In response to this, a new UCL managers’ guide to checking right to work documents has been produced and uploaded onto the HR website. This incorporates guidance from and replaces the previous two documents: the right to work department guide and the right to work managers guide.

Use UCL WARPit

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That old filing cabinet gathering dust, the ink cartridges for the printer you don’t have anymore, chairs and tables stacked in a cupboard taking up valuable space – so where can they go without adding to the local landfill?

UCL coaching: make this your best year ever

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UCL coaches

UCL now has over 20 accredited coaches and are able to offer you a bespoke Executive Coach to help you achieve everything you want to this year.

Provost’s Long View: Planning to prosper

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Planning

Given the size and complexity of UCL, it is essential for us to plan carefully. We are, after all, a community of nearly 10,000 staff and more than 28,000 (25,000 FTE) students with a turnover of greater than £1bn per annum. You certainly wouldn't want to get the planning process wrong – there is simply too much at stake.

Spotlight on Nick Shepley

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Nick Shepley

This week the spotlight is on Dr Nick Shepley, teaching fellow in UCL English and organiser of 'One Day In The City', a bi-annual celebration of literature and London at UCL.

Vice-Provost’s View: delivering health benefits by working in partnership

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John Tooke

I write this Vice-Provost’s View having just chaired a session at the International Conference on Engineering, Science and Technology in Beijing. What, you may well ask, has that got to do with health and the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS)?

Spotlight on Creating Connections

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James Mackie, Laura Cream, Rachel Leighton

This week the spotlight focuses on Rachel Leighton (Volunteer Development Coordinator, UCLU Volunteering Services Unit), Laura Cream (Public Engagement Coordinator, UCL Public Engagement Unit) and James Mackie (Camden Shares Coordinator).

Professor's Got Talent

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Professor Walsh

Professor Vincent Walsh, (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) will be appearing in front of millions of television viewers in the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent on Saturday, 31 May. Professor Walsh is stepping away from his desk and taking the stage once again to play trumpet in London's Gay Big Band. 

Provost’s View: UCL’s artistic talents on show

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Provosts view

“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” is a line from a song which, if you know it, rather dates you to my generation. Alternatively, it might sound familiar because you were lucky enough to join me in attending the UCLU Musical Theatre Society’s production of Hair in the Spring Term.

Spotlight on Emma-Louise Nicholls

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Emma-Louise Nicholls

This week the spotlight is on Emma-Louise Nicholls, Curatorial Assistant at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL Public and Cultural Engagement.

Provost’s View: UCL’s mutually beneficial relationship with Europe

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European flag

I found myself in Helsinki this week, attending a meeting of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It was my first-ever trip to Finland and, as I flew in over a wonderful archipelago, the natural beauty of the country was very apparent.

UCL Graduate Prospectus (2014/15 entry) shortlisted for best printed postgraduate prospectus at upcoming Heist awards

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UCL Graduate Prospectus

The UCL Graduate Prospectus (2014/15 entry) has been shortlisted for the best printed postgraduate prospectus at the upcoming Heist awards. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Manchester on 10 July.

Changes to tax free childcare

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There will be a change to the way childcare vouchers work in the Autumn of 2015. The Government used the 2013 Budget to announce that a new tax-free childcare scheme would be introduced.

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