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Spotlight on Maria Stavrinakis

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Maria Stavrinakis

This week the spotlight is on Maria Stavrinakis, Registry Services Director at the UCL Australia campus in Adelaide.

UCL Occupational Health Service: Migraine Week, 1-7 September

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The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions, yet awareness and understanding of the condition is low. The Migraine Trust works to raise awareness of the condition as a serious public health issue as there are more people who suffer with migraine than with diabetes, asthma and epilepsy combined. It affects 1 in 7 people; that’s over eight million people in the UK alone.

Spotlight on Jim Collins

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Jim Collins

This week the spotlight is on Jim Collins, Corporate Partnerships Manager within the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Laws, and Social and Historical Studies (SLASH).

Spotlight on Anna-Rosa Muscatelli

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Anna Rosa Muscatelli

This week the spotlight is on Anna-Rosa Muscatelli, CASE Graduate trainee in the UCL Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Participants needed to help researchers find out how genes influence disease

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Do you want to be involved in medical research studies? Are you willing to give a small sample of blood? Are you willing to be part of a pool of volunteers supporting studies into a range of medical conditions?

Spotlight on Dave Carter

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Dave Carter

This week the spotlight is on Dave Carter, a Careers Coach at UCL Careers.

What is your role and what does it involve?

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2015 - staff survey

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UCL are submitting an application in the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. We didn’t apply last year but in 2013 we placed 53rd in the list of top 100 gay-employers. We hope to improve on this number next year.

Spotlight on Cassie Harley-Boyce

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Cassie Harley-Boyce

This week the spotlight is on Cassie Harley-Boyce, Communications and Events Officer, SLMS Research Coordination Office, Office of the Vice-Provost (Health).

Participants wanted for online survey about crowdfunding smaller pharmaceutical companies

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UCL students and staff in quad

Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease are the two most common neurodegenerative diseases worldwide, affecting millions of people. With an ageing demographic even more people will suffer from these tremendous diseases in the future. But still, there is no cure or therapy available yet.

MyFinance: purchasing opens on 4 August

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My finance

To many the introduction of a new finance system is something of a dry subject (alas not to those in Finance and ISD who are particularly excited). Nevertheless we wanted to highlight that the new MyFinance system goes live on Monday 4 August.

UCL Graduate Prospectus wins Heist award

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Staff from UCL Publications and Marketing Services (PAMS) attended the 2014 Heist awards ceremony in Manchester on 17 July and were delighted to receive a Silver award for the 2014 entry UCL Graduate Prospectus.

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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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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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.

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