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Spotlight on Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

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Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

This week the spotlight is on Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature, UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS).

Pay award 2014–2015

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Summary negotiations for 2014-15

On behalf of Universities which participate in national pay bargaining, including UCL, the UCEA (Universities & Colleges Employers Association) made a full and final offer on pay and pay-related equality matters of:

Horizon 2020 Research Fellowship programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions): information day

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In January 2014 the new EU Research & Innovation funding scheme – Horizon2020 – commenced. The application process for H2020 is greatly simplified compared with its predecessor FP7. There are many calls addressing the research interests of UCL staff.

UCL 2034 strategy approved

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UCL 2034

UCL Council at its meeting on 8 July approved the final draft of the UCL 2034 strategy, which is now available to view on-line at

MyFinance goes live on 4 August

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My finance

The new finance system, MyFinance, will go live on the 4 August, replacing FIS. Everyone who uses FIS or enters financial information into other systems such as Portico or SIP will be affected.

UCL academics needed: open access research in online repositories

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Do you have a few minutes to spare? UCL academics are being asked for their opinions on developments in open access research and how libraries might help facilitate this.

UCL Centre for Editing Lives and Letters secures $0.5million Mellon grant to explore ‘The Archaeology of Reading’

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CELL logo

UCL Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) has been awarded a $488,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to implement The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe. This new digital humanities research initiative will explore historical reading practices through the lens of manuscript annotations preserved in early printed books.

UCL Estates receives reward for putting customers first

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UCL Campus

One of UCL Estates’ key objectives is to improve customer focus and develop a culture of continuous improvement. A number of our teams who provide 'soft' facilities across UCL (cleaning, waste, retail, catering, and portering services) have been working towards external customer recognition in partnership with Customer First UK and have recently been awarded accreditation.

Spotlight on Oliver Peachey

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Oliver Peachey

This week the spotlight is on Oliver Peachey, Administration and Partnerships Coordinator in the UCLU Volunteering Services Unit.

Girlguides' Rainbows unit opens at UCL 

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3 Rainbows

UCL is now hosting a Rainbows unit for girls aged 5 to 7 years.

Based on the UCL Bloomsbury campus, the programme encourages self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. It's an opportunity for girls to get their hands dirty by getting involved with arts and crafts sessions, cooking lessons as well as interactive games. The girls follow the Rainbow Jigsaw programme, which focuses on four areas: Look, Learn, Laugh, and Love.

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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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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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.


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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.

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