President and Provost News

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.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL number 1 REF

UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

Provost's View: Looking back on autumn 2014

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Nobel prize theatre

A Nobel Prize, the green light for an Olympic Park campus and UCL’s merger with the Institute of Education have been three of the headlines for UCL in a term that has seen our university take great strides in its estates transformation, international partnerships, fundraising activity and development of UCL’s Grand Challenges approach.

Provost's View: UCL East – a new model for the university of the future

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Olympic Park

UCL has once again been at the heart of the news agenda over the past few days, with the announcement that the government will commit £141 million to a new cultural and education quarter. UCL is a founding partner in this venture and we will establish a second campus, UCL East, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Provost's Long View: UCL and the Institute of Education merger

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UCL IOE

On 25 November, UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) announced a merger with effect from 2 December. Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the IOE and Professor Michael Arthur, President & Provost of UCL, describe the rationale for the merger and what the future may hold.

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