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UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL number 1 REF

UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

Provost's View: Looking back on autumn 2014

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Nobel prize theatre

A Nobel Prize, the green light for an Olympic Park campus and UCL’s merger with the Institute of Education have been three of the headlines for UCL in a term that has seen our university take great strides in its estates transformation, international partnerships, fundraising activity and development of UCL’s Grand Challenges approach.

Provost's View: UCL East – a new model for the university of the future

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Olympic Park

UCL has once again been at the heart of the news agenda over the past few days, with the announcement that the government will commit £141 million to a new cultural and education quarter. UCL is a founding partner in this venture and we will establish a second campus, UCL East, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Provost's Long View: UCL and the Institute of Education merger

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UCL IOE

On 25 November, UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) announced a merger with effect from 2 December. Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the IOE and Professor Michael Arthur, President & Provost of UCL, describe the rationale for the merger and what the future may hold.

UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

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UCL IOE

UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have today confirmed that they will be merging with effect from 2 December. The merger will create a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn.

Provost’s View: Turning staff feedback into action

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Staff survey

From our upcoming merger with the Institute of Education to the development of our plans for UCL East, the university’s proposed presence on the Olympic Park, life at UCL is constantly evolving. In order to adapt to new challenges in the higher education environment and to drive the strategic transformation outlined in UCL 2034, we rely on the efforts of UCL staff working across all roles and at all levels in the institution. We want to retain excellent staff, and to encourage your commitment, loyalty and enthusiasm.

Provost's View: Advancing race equality at UCL

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why isnt my professor black

In March of this year, I chaired an event at UCL titled ‘Why isn’t my professor black?’. It was attended by 350 staff, students and members of the wider community and has now been viewed online almost 3,000 times. It was an extraordinary event. I can still hear the clear, often impassioned voices of our black and minority ethnic staff and students explaining how UCL’s aspirations on equality and inclusion can often be rather different from lived reality. Despite higher education’s reputation for enlightened thinking, panelists and audience members at the event were united in the view that universities are generally no better than other institutions in society in addressing racial disadvantage.

Vice-Provost's View: London’s Global University, Globally Engaged

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UCL global

Thank you to the several hundred UCL colleagues who completed our survey on the new Global Engagement Strategy, and the 100+ who came to the Town Hall event on 14 October which marked the formal opening of the consultation.

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