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Training world leaders of the future: student case studies

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James Ashcroft graduated with a first from UCL and studied on the Masters programme at Yenching Academy. Honey Watson, who also graduated with a first from UCL and did the Masters programme

UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges

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UCL and Peking University (PKU) have extended their partnership by agreeing a new roadmap to tackle issues including creating a blueprint for sustainable cities, teaching Mandarin in English schools and reducing the occurrence of spina bifada, one of the world’s most common birth defects.

UCL researchers help inspire Scotland’s new laws to ban smacking

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The decision by the Scottish government to ban smacking has been welcomed by UCL researchers whose report into the damage caused to children by physical punishment played a key part in framing the proposed new legislation.

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

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UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

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UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

UCL among world’s super-elite for law, education and social sciences

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UCL has reaffirmed its status as a world-leading university in law, education and social sciences in the latest round of rankings published by the Times Higher Education (THE).

UK voters want soft Brexit

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The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit, a representative body of UK citizens brought together to discuss Brexit and led by the UCL Constitution Unit, has sent politicians a clear message in favour of a “soft Brexit.” 

UCL professor and sculptor Edward Allington dies

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Sculptor, artist and UCL professor Edward Allington who taught and inspired a generation of artists including some of Britain’s most famous modern sculptors has died at the age of 66.

UCL’s radical approach to economics teaching sparks a global trend

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A new approach to teaching economics in universities and pioneered at UCL is spreading throughout the world and has earned plaudits from commentators, academics and students. Anyone anywhere in the world has access for free to the ebook The Economy produced by a global collaboration of economists. This month, to complement the free ebook, Oxford University Press will publish a physical book.

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

Constitution Unit launches Independent Commission on Referendums

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Independent Commission on Referendums

The UCL Constitution Unit today launches an Independent Commission on Referendums, bringing together a group of very senior figures to deliberate on the use and conduct of referendums in the UK. The Commission will meet over 8 months, take evidence, and produce a report and detailed recommendations in summer 2018.

UCL academics elected to British Academy

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Four members of the UCL community have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, in recognition of their outstanding research.

Buried alive: Aquatic plants survive in ‘ghost ponds’ under agricultural fields

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Aquatic plants in ‘ghost ponds’ are able to survive more than 100 years buried beneath cropped agricultural fields, according to new UCL research.

Documenting the human domestication of seeds from 2000BC

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The rate of evolution of seed coat thinning, a major marker of crop domestication from archaeological remains, has been documented for the first time by UCL scientists using the UK’s synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source.

UCL community recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

University Archaeology Day aims to tackle growing demand for archaeologists

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UCL archaeologists are working with experts from 24 other universities to create the UK’s first University Archaeology Day, aimed at inspiring a much needed next generation of archaeologists.   

Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends

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A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth’s climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL.

Key friendships vital for effective human social networks

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Close friendships facilitate the exchange of information and culture, making social networks more effective for cultural transmission, according to new UCL research that used wireless tracking technology to map social interactions in remote hunter-gatherer populations.

Study sheds light on the function of the penis bone in male competition

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A new UCL study examines how the baculum (penis bone) evolved in mammals and explores its possible function in primates and carnivores – groups where many species have a baculum, but some do not.

UCL Lancet Lecture launches global initiative linking climate change to health

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UCL researchers are leading an initiative with The Lancet to address the global health implications of climate change, launching this week in conjunction with today’s 2016 UCL Lancet Lecture.

UCL leads UK with most Philip Leverhulme Prize winners

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Leverhulme prize winners from UCL

Five researchers from UCL Geography, UCL Economics, UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, UCL Computer Science and the UCL Bartlett Developmental Planning Unit have been awarded 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

UCL partners with Twitter to broadcast lecture on Periscope

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A UCL lecture will be live-streamed around the world today on the Periscope platform, in the first partnership of its kind with a UK university. 

The Orwell Prize moves to UCL

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Prestigious political writing award The Orwell Prize has moved to the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

UCL economist receives Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

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The Jacobs Foundation have awarded Professor Orazio Attanasio, Head of UCL Economics and Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), 1 million Swiss francs for his use of economic models and field experiments to assess and shape early child development programs and policies in low income countries.

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