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Announcing the Launch of Constitute

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Constitution Unit

Announcing the Launch of Constitute: The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare

23 September 2013

UCL and Institute of Education announce new Q-Step Centre

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UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have been chosen to host one of 15 Q-Step Centres to train undergraduates in quantitative social science.

Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training over a five-year period from 2013. Fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates, Q-step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The new UCL-IOE Centre will offer three new degree programmes in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), Quantitative Human Geography, and Population Health Science, alongside offering existing undergraduates social science training. Dr Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson (UCL Political Science), Director of the new Centre, said: “The Q-Step Centre reflects our shared vision to expand rigorous undergraduate social science training. This £1.34 million award will enable us to offer three exciting new degrees, along with providing students with the skills to compete in a highly competitive job market.”

Students at the UCL – IOE Centre will be offered internationally recognised, research-led teaching. They will emerge from their degree programmes with a wide range and depth of skills obtained through a combination of core training, internships, short courses, dedicated workshops and seminars, and a personal mentoring scheme.

The centre will offer six new modules in core training in quantitative methods, including a ‘problem driven’ approach to teaching quantitative methods using current policy debates (for example obesity, migration, security, inequality, health).

Students will also be offered the opportunity to take optional modules with embedded quantitative methods, along with summer short courses led by the IOE’s Department of Quantitative Social Science. The Centre will also offer paid student internship opportunities within the two universities and with external employers.
Professor Anthony Smith (UCL Vice-Provost, Education), said: “This partnership represents a fantastic opportunity to build on the strengths of our respective organisations, and once open the centre will provide our students with the best possible education and training for the wider world. While this represents one of the first fruits of the new strategic partnership between UCL and the IOE, such close collaborative links will help us not only build on pre-existing efforts, but also open up new themes and opportunities in the future.”

CCHH film evenings

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Full circle group

resume on Tuesday 12th November 2013, 7pm – then every Tuesday during term-time. See programme here. Venue: Room 107, 25 Gordon Square unless otherwise stated.

Job Vacancy: Phytolith Laboratory Technician

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Wheat spikelet phytolith from the Late Natufian site of Raqefet Cave, Israel (Image courtesy of Arlene Rosen)

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Phytolith Laboratory Technician (part-time, Ref.:1365783). The deadline for applications is 13 October 2013.

Imran Rasul and Dan Rogger awarded Deutsche Bahn Prize

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Imran Rasul and Dan Rogger are the first winners of the Deutsche Bahn Prize for Outstanding Research in Organisation and Management.

View from the trenches: Montenegro (2013)

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Marc Vander Linden, David Orton and Gary Marriner have recently returned from the 2013 field season in Montenegro, led by the EUROFARM project.

ASE community heritage project under starters orders

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ASE community heritage project at the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket

Archaeology South-East (ASE) are running the Palace House Community Heritage Project at the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, Suffolk.

Patrick Kehoe to join UCL Economics

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One the world’s most pre-eminent macroeconomists, Patrick Kehoe will join the UCL Department of Economics this Autumn on a part-time basis. During his career, Patrick has made path-breaking contributions to many areas of macroeconomics and international finance.

Job Vacancy: Research Associate

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Museum visitor examining a digital exhibit

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Associate (part-time, Ref.: 1366610). The deadline for applications is 1 October 2013.

Professor Cecile Laborde has just been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).

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Cecile Laborde

The Department is delighted to announce that Professor Cecile Laborde has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

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