President and Provost News
Provost’s View: Women in Science
Publication date: 26 June 2015
UCL was the first University in England to admit women on equal terms to men. Equality between the sexes is one of our core values, yet this past fortnight our commitment to women and to women in science has been challenged, our reputation put under pressure and we have been part of an intense and uncomfortable media storm.
Provost’s Long View: A truly remarkable year
Publication date: 25 June 2015
Vice Provost's View: Professor Sir John Tooke's farewell reflections on UCL SLMS
Publication date: 18 June 2015
As I approach my last few weeks as Vice-Provost (Health) at UCL, I hope you will indulge me in a few reflections and thoughts for the future of this great institution. Clearing out my stuff, I came across my letter of application for the role, in which I emphasised three issues for the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences (UCL SLMS): commitment to the whole translational spectrum whilst sustaining excellent discovery science; greater visibility of our core strengths; and the projection of SLMS as an intellectual hub for biomedical science, with effective partnership working at its core.
Frequently asked questions about university finances
Publication date: 11 June 2015
- Why does UCL need to make a surplus?
- What happens to the surplus each year?
- Don’t we have a strong balance sheet?
- What do we mean by ‘financial sustainability’?
- What do we mean when we talk about the ‘full economic cost’ of an academic activity?
- How have we arrived at a capital plan of £1.25bn over the next ten years?
- Within the capital plan, how are projects prioritised and how are decisions made?
- What is the profile of spend on the capital plan for Bloomsbury vs UCL East?
- Why is UCL East so important to our future?
- What happens to the university’s finances if we deliver the capital plan over 12 or 15 years, instead of the current 10-year plan?
- Why can’t we slow down the rate at which we are currently planning to increase our annual surplus?
- Why don’t we just grow our income through growth of the institution to solve this financial problem?
- Why are our competitors doing better than us financially, and what can we learn from them?
- How do our tuition fee prices compare to our competitors?
- Do we spend more on professional services than our competitors; either centrally or throughout the organisation?
- Why do my department and faculty contributions keep rising, but you always want more each year?
Provost’s View: Unveiling the mysteries of university finance
Publication date: 11 June 2015
Vice-Provost’s View: UCL East – imagining the future campus
Publication date: 4 June 2015
Provost’s Long View: Preparing for QAA Review - a chance to showcase the best of UCL
Publication date: 28 May 2015
We have recently received confirmation that UCL will be subject to review by the Quality Assurance Agency in May 2016. This may sound a little strange, but I am actually looking forward to the review, for reasons that I will explain. The QAA is the UK-wide agency responsible for monitoring and advising on the standards and quality of UK higher education. As part of a common framework for quality assurance, all universities agree to be subject to an independent review by QAA every six years or so. UCL was last reviewed in 2009 and so we are definitely due a visit.
Vice-Provost's View: Launch of our new Global Engagement Strategy
Publication date: 21 May 2015
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: