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30 September 2013: Announcing the Launch of Constitute

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

30 September 2013: UCL and Institute of Education announce new Q-Step Centre

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.”

19 September 2013: Professor Cecile Laborde has just been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).

Cécile Laborde has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.  The British Academy is the national academy for the humanities and social sciences, equivalent to the Royal Society for the natural sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science in the United States.

In electing her, the Academy sought to acknowledge the distinctive contribution Cécile has made to the study of political thought, most notably through her writings on republican political theory. 

She was among the youngest of the 47 Fellows elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Academy in July 2013 and it is unusual for fellows to be elected so early in their career.  Indeed, many are not elected until after they have retired. 

Asked for her reaction, Cécile said that she surprised but honoured to have been nominated and selected for such a prestigious distinction and said that it reflected credit on the centre of excellence in Political Theory at UCL.

19 September 2013: Rising Above the Challenges: Effective Global Public Policy in the 21st Century

Global public policy leaders must develop and implement solutions in an increasingly complex, challenging, and changing environment. New actors and influences—both local and global—are emerging on the policy scene, and the need for flexibility and innovation in policy processes and solutions is increasingly clear. That is why NYU Wagner and University College London have launched a Global Executive MPA degree program that will educate and prepare experienced leaders to tackle the world's most challenging issues in this new global context. More...

19 September 2013: Senior Promotions for 2013

Dr Kristin M. Bakke promotion to Senior Lecturer 

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