UCL President & Provost
UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur is internationally renowned for his contribution to education and to medical research. He joined UCL in September 2013.
Professor Arthur is a US/UK Fulbright Commissioner and a longstanding member of the Council of the Medical Research Council. He is the former Chair of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (NHS), the Worldwide Universities Network and the Russell Group of Universities.
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...