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Provost’s View: UCL’s artistic talents on show

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Provosts view

“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” is a line from a song which, if you know it, rather dates you to my generation. Alternatively, it might sound familiar because you were lucky enough to join me in attending the UCLU Musical Theatre Society’s production of Hair in the Spring Term.

Provost’s View: UCL’s mutually beneficial relationship with Europe

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European flag

I found myself in Helsinki this week, attending a meeting of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It was my first-ever trip to Finland and, as I flew in over a wonderful archipelago, the natural beauty of the country was very apparent.

Provost's View: Transforming UCL: the Bloomsbury Masterplan in action

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New refectory

One of the most complex problems that we face – the current condition of our estate and the relative lack of space on our main campus – can also be seen as a huge opportunity.

UCL commits to openness about animal research

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A research animal at UCL

UCL formally committed today to a policy of openness about animal research when Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President & Provost) signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK.

Provost’s View: Honouring our commitments on equality and the environment

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Athena swan

When drawing up an institutional strategy, it is easy to make commitments about issues such as equality, diversity and environmental sustainability; the challenge is following up rhetoric with meaningful action.

Prime Minister of Japan gives keynote speech at UCL

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Prime Minister Abe and Professor Michael Arthur

The Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo Abe, visited UCL on 1 May to celebrate collaboration between the UK and Japan in education and research – and to explore how this can be further developed.

Provost’s Long View: Responding to your feedback on UCL 2034

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Scafell Pike

Welcome back to the summer term; I hope you all had a good Easter weekend and perhaps the opportunity to relax for a few days over the break.

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