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22 January 2015: Provost's View: Widening participation and fair access

From our very beginning in 1826, UCL was open to all irrespective of religion, race, and (albeit a little later) gender. I wonder what our founders might have thought of the modern day desire and need to demonstrate ‘fair access’ and ‘widening participation’ (WP), with the requirement for us to report on both annually to HEFCE and the Office of Fair Access. I expect that they might have been mortified by the regulatory requirements, but I hope that they would have been seriously impressed by the importance we attach to this issue and by both the breadth and the depth of our efforts. More...

22 January 2015: Spotlight on Simon Cane

This week the spotlight is on Simon Cane, Director of Public and Cultural Engagement.
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22 January 2015: Professor Anthony Smith Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) - action on teaching spaces and the timetable: phase 1 - data clean-up

Many of you will be aware of the major disruption that late confirmation of the timetable had on staff and students at the start of this academic year. I also know many of you have growing concerns, not only about the quantity, but also the quality of the rooms available for teaching and learning. More...

22 January 2015: Joint proposals developed for reform of the USS pension scheme

The national Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), which includes representatives from employers as well as the University and College Union (UCU), has developed proposals to address the substantial deficit in the funding of the USS scheme and to ensure that contribution rates do not become unaffordable for both employees and employers. Details of the jointly developed proposals, and the process by which they may be adopted, are set out below. More...

22 January 2015: Changes to UCL HR Policies: New UCL Dignity at Work statement and changes to UCL Grievance policy

The Human Resources Policy Committee (HRPC) has ratified changes to the UCL Grievance Policy and approved a new UCL Dignity at Work statement to replace the UCL Harassment and Bullying policy. These changes were made following consultation with staff and the trade unions and the latter are in agreement with the changes. More...

20 January 2015: UCL signs San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment

UCL has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DoRA), which acknowledges weaknesses in the use of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) as a measure of quality, since this measure relates to journals as a whole and not to individual articles. Recognising that research results in outputs other than journal articles, DoRA also attempts to identify new routes to research evaluation. More...

15 January 2015: Spotlight on Emma Matthys

This week the spotlight is on Emma Matthys, Events Coordinator, UCL Communications & Marketing.
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15 January 2015: Provost's View: Reflections on Charlie Hebdo, REF and plans for the year ahead

I was intending to write a very cheerful message to welcome all students and staff back to UCL and to be optimistic about our new year. Needless to say the shocking events last week in Paris and France have dampened my spirits. I would like to send UCL’s condolences and our sympathy to all the families that have suffered such a tragic loss and a message of support to all of the people of France, and particularly to our French colleagues in higher education. Like you, we uphold freedom of expression (within the law) as a fundamental principle that lies at the core of our values as an institution. Our collective UCL pencil is held high in the air in solidarity with all of you. More...

15 January 2015: Call for participants: Academic Promotions Focus Groups

Could you help us to understand how different groups of staff are affected by our current promotions policy? More...

14 January 2015: The National Student Survey: how you can help

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) will be launching to all UCL’s final year undergraduates on Monday 19 January. The survey is an important priority for us and last year we achieved our highest ever response rate of 74%, with overall satisfaction up 2% to 86%. More...

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