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News and Commentaries

This page provides updates on some of UCL's recent public policy activity - please follow the links to find out more.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition. Read more.

Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development. 

UCL and LIDC collaborate to set the post-15 development agenda through a new project. Read more. 

The Place of 'Institutions' in the Idea of 'Corruption'

Professor Lawrence Lessig to deliver UCL Centre for Ethics and Law Annual Lecture on 14 March. More information

A Warm Home Guarantee: Professor Paul Ekins on the missed opportunity of the Autumn Statement

Read the article in The Conversation

Professor Paul Ekins responds to Labour's 10-point energy plan

Read the article in The Conversation.

Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes published

The third NATSAL, led by Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Population Health), has explored the views and experiences of older individuals for the first time, revealing that many people remain sexually active well into later life. The survey results have also shown that sexual health is an important component of our overall health and wellbeing and illustrate how sexual attitudes and lifestyles have changed in the last sixty year . Read more.

A life-course approach to immunisations

Professor David Taylor (UCL School of Pharmacy) has contributed to a new report calling for a life-course approach to immunisation which urges a greater role for pharmacy in adult immunisation; the introduction of an adult vaccination record card; and a review of whether the approach to vaccination of social care workers is adequate. Read the full report

UCL Institute for Health Equity report on the social determinants of health in Europe

Professor Sir Michael Marmot's review of the social determinants of health in Europe can be read here (pdf) - the executive summary is here (pdf). Read more on the Institute of Health Equity

UCL Transport Seminars

UCL is running a series of high-impact transport seminars with researchers and policy-makers to consider some of the pressing issues currently facing transport research and policy. 

Read the briefings from the seminars held so far (pdf):

The transport series is supported with funding from UCL's EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account.

The Future of Planning

Professor Yvonne Rydin (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) proposes a new community-based approach to planning which offers an alternative to growth-dependent planning in her book The Future of Planning: Beyond Growth Dependence

Read the policy briefing here.

UCL Green Economy Policy Commission at party conferences

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission is being presented at fringe events at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences this autumn.

  • Read Will McDowell's account of the Liberal Democrat party conference and Secretary of State Vince Cable's response to the Green Economy Policy Commission - here.
  • Read Professor Paul Ekins' blog for Left Foot Forward here.

Policy seminar on Active Transport and Health, 3 December 2013

Held by the UCL ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society & Health. Further details here (pdf). RSVP.

Can science meet the grand challenges?

Melanie Smallman (UCL Science and Technology Studies) comments on whether science is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

A fracking mess?

Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources) comments on fracking - read it here.

Science and Universities Minister David Willetts visits UCL

David Willletts visited the Mullard Space Science Laboratory to see some of the instruments being built for future scientific spacecraft and to discuss UCL's role in the UK and European space programmes.

New Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy 

UCL STEaPP will  explore and improve the ways scientific and engineering expertise are engaged with public decision-making.

Gus O'Donnell speaks about policy impact

Former Head of the Civil Service Gus O'Donnell has joined UCL as a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy. See him speak about policy, evidence and behaviour change here

Older UCL policy commentaries can be read here

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