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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.

Campaign for UCL 2034 - fundraising for excellence

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UCL's Portico

To deliver on UCL 2034, we will need to implement effectively and to stay focused on what really matters. One of the major projects arising from our strategy is our fundraising ‘Campaign for UCL 2034’ – in essence, a campaign that is led by a combination of myself and Lori Houlihan, UCL’s Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, but that will, in reality, only be successful at the level that we intend, if it is understood and owned by all of us, staff and students alike.

Vice-Provost's View: From local to global – UCL and London

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London

The rise of UCL and London

Over the past decade or so, UCL has experienced a dramatic surge in global reputation and growth. Although this is the consequence of the outstanding work carried out by the UCL community over many decades, our success is likely to have been aided by being in one of the world’s leading cities: London.

UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

UCL Council has today (20 October) confirmed its decision that UCL should merge with the Institute of Education (IOE). 

Provost's View: Implementing our strategy – rethinking promotions, acting on student feedback and Grand Challenges

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Grand challenges

Back at UCL after a visit to the New York tri-state area, I have returned to an atmosphere of great anticipation, as we stand at the cusp of major decisions for the future of the university, and as we begin to do some important work on implementing UCL 2034.

Provost’s View: Meeting UCL friends in New York

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Provost

This week, I have been in the New York tri-state area, along with Dame Nicola Brewer (Vice-Provost, International Affairs), Dame Hazel Genn (Dean of the Faculty of Laws) and Lori Houlihan (Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations). We have been kept busy with a breakfast briefing on UCL 2034, gathering input on UCL’s international strategy, and the Annual Alumni Party, this year attended by more than 100 former students.

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