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Provost's View: Philanthropy month – setting the scene for UCL’s philanthropic campaign

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Campaign

I have alluded to the forthcoming UCL philanthropic Campaign in numerous Provost’s Views over the last year or two. I want to reflect on this topic in more depth this week so that all staff at UCL are kept well informed about this key aspect of implementing UCL 2034. This coincides with the start of Philanthropy Month, which began with the annual Scholarships and Bursaries Reception on Monday and which will conclude with Philanthropy Day on 29th February– a celebration of the importance and impact of giving (money, time, and expertise) to UCL. This is the first milestone in a busy year for fundraising and supporter engagement that will culminate in the Campaign launch in Bloomsbury this September.

Vice-Provost's View: Developing the UCL London strategy

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UCL London
  • Dr Celia Caulcott joined UCL as Vice-Provost (Enterprise) in October 2015. UCL's President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, has also asked her to consider how to develop the UCL 2034 London strategy.

UCL recognised at launch of new Race Equality Charter

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UCL recognised at launch of new Race Equality Charter

Marking the launch of the first ever award scheme recognising the work that universities are undertaking to advance race equality, UCL and seven other universities were presented with their Race Equality Charter awards at a ceremony in London this week.

Provost’s View: Inaugural Provost's Excellence Awards

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Provost

Before the Christmas break I mentioned that I had recently had the pleasure, alongside my fellow panel members, to consider the nominations for the inaugural Provost’s Excellence scheme. The scheme was set up to recognise truly exceptional contributions from across UCL, with a particular emphasis on furthering UCL values.

Provost’s View: UCL 2034 implementation plan launched

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Quad

It is now some 18 months since we launched UCL 2034 and as we start a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight recent developments and look ahead to what I would like us to achieve in 2016.

Two UCL academics made a DBE: Professor Georgina Mace and Professor Henrietta Moore

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Professor Georgina Mace and Professor Henrietta Moore

Two UCL academics were made a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours 2016.

Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research was made a DBE in the New Year Honours 2016 for her services to science.

Provost’s View: From government policy developments to plastic bag funds for dementia

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Parliament

As this term draws to a close, the dust is beginning to settle on three major intersecting government policy developments and initiatives, the (very) green paper on higher education, the Nurse review and the government’s spending review. Notwithstanding some of the finer detail, my overwhelming sentiment for higher education institutions is one of considerable relief that most of the uncertainty of recent weeks and months has been removed, and that we have a clear opportunity to remain adequately funded, internationally competitive and on track for the ambitions of UCL 2034.

UCL East - next steps

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olympicpark

I would like to update colleagues on a key strategic priority supporting our UCL 2034 vision – the creation of UCL East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP). Since the 5 May ‘Market Place’ event, when Professor David Price presented the academic vision for the project and showcased some of the 63 academic proposals for activities at the new campus, a huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to refine the bids for activities to be included within the first phase of UCL East, which is due to open in the 2019/20 academic year.

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