Archive of President and Provost News

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Provost's View: Widening participation and fair access

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Widening participation

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

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Freshers fayre

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

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David Price

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

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Portico Statue

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

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