President and Provost News
Provost’s Long View: UCL Arena, Connected Curriculum and advancing research-based education
Publication date: 29 January 2015
Provost's View: Widening participation and fair access
Publication date: 22 January 2015
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.
Provost's View: Reflections on Charlie Hebdo, REF and plans for the year ahead
Publication date: 15 January 2015
I was intending to write a very cheerful message to welcome all students and staff back to UCL and to be optimistic about our new year. Needless to say the shocking events last week in Paris and France have dampened my spirits. I would like to send UCL’s condolences and our sympathy to all the families that have suffered such a tragic loss and a message of support to all of the people of France, and particularly to our French colleagues in higher education. Like you, we uphold freedom of expression (within the law) as a fundamental principle that lies at the core of our values as an institution. Our collective UCL pencil is held high in the air in solidarity with all of you.
Vice-Provost’s View: A game-changing REF result
Publication date: 8 January 2015
Being of a generally sunny disposition, I casually stated in a December 2013 Vice-Provost’s View: “I’ve no doubt that our university’s research strengths will be properly recognised in a year’s time.” (I was to be pleasantly surprised.)
UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2015
Publication date: 7 January 2015
UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014
Publication date: 18 December 2014
Provost's View: Looking back on autumn 2014
Publication date: 11 December 2014
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
Publication date: 4 December 2014
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.