President and Provost News

Vice-Provost's View: Launch of our new Global Engagement Strategy

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NicolaBrewer2

I’m delighted – and not a little relieved – to announce that Council approved the new GES on 13 April, after a full discussion on 30 March. The new strategy can be summarised as ‘London’s Global University works with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges’.

With great support from the Communications & Marketing office and others across UCL, we are launching with staff and students today:

Provost's View: What does the outcome of the general election mean for UCL?

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Parliament

The opinion polls, we now know, were wrong. It seems around 3% of voters were telling the pollsters one thing, only to do another in the polling booth. I read an interesting analysis of this phenomenon at the weekend, but what does the result mean for UCL?

Vice-Provost's View: Farewell UCL

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Steve Caddick

It has been a great privilege to be Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL and inevitably as I pack my bags to make the long trip from Gordon Street to the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, I have been reflecting on the last five years. So much has changed and so much has been achieved by UCL.

Provost's View: Championing research-based education

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Teaching conference

Many of you know by now that one of our priorities – as outlined in UCL 2034 – is our commitment to teaching and learning excellence through research-based education. Many changes will be taking place over the next few years that will have a long-term impact on the future of UCL, and you’ll be hearing more about them from many parts of the university.

Provost’s Long View: UCL 2034 – turning words into action

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UCL 2034

With the general election looming, the emerging picture for the future funding of higher education is looking less than ideal. Although UCL has done well in HEFCE’s 2015/16 funding announcement today, with a 4% increase in our funding allocation for teaching and research, the underlying pressures were reflected in an overall drop of 5% for the sector as a whole.

UCL allocated £171m by HEFCE for 2015/16

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UCL Portico

UCL is to receive a funding allocation of £171m for teaching and research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the academic year 2015/16, the largest overall total allocated to any English institution.

Vice-Provost’s View: Optimising UCL’s contribution to medical innovation

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sirjohntooke

After our spectacular performance in REF 2014, there can be no doubt of UCL’s power in relationship to biomedical research and the impact of our work. The very structure of the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences (UCL SLMS) reflects our commitment to translating research from bench to bedside to population – a structure that facilitates the impact for which we were recognised in the REF exercise. Neither is there any doubt that impact will be an even more significant component of the next REF. Despite this apparent incentive to focus on applied research, we must continue to champion the conduct of world-class fundamental discovery science with no obvious direct application for pragmatic reasons if no other.

A good budget for UK research, says UCL President & Provost

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Professor Michael Arthur

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, has broadly welcomed the measures contained in the Budget to provide extra support for postgraduate research students and for science and innovation, stating that these will strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in research excellence.

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