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Changing London’s cycling infrastructure will improve safety

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London and other cities in Britain could be made safer for cyclists finds a study by researchers at UCL and Loughborough University. The report commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), makes recommendations which could be implemented using £913 million earmarked by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson to improve cycle safety in the capital and increase the number of cyclists four-fold by 2026, say the scientists behind the study.

UCL-JDF Summer School – reinventing the wheelchair

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UCL-JDF Summer School – reinventing the wheelchair

In July, UCL Engineering and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) teamed up with the James Dyson Foundation to create an innovative week-long summer school.

A tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall (1932-2014)

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Professor Sir Peter Hall

Today we received with sadness the news of the passing of our dear colleague, friend, and outstanding planner and academic, Professor Sir Peter Hall. Please find a tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall, written by Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Built Environment), commemorating his life and career below:

Climate scientists need professional body, says UCL policy commission

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Time for Change Report

Climate scientists need to establish a professional body to help define their roles, values and practices to satisfy society’s needs, and to provide guidance to improve their training and development, according to a report published today by the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science. 

Prominent social theorist to head new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

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Professor Henrietta Moore

A bold bid to uncover an alternative to the current failed model of economic growth is being launched via the establishment of a new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, led by the renowned anthropologist Professor Henrietta L. Moore.

UCL working to inspire pupils in Newham

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Newham pupils in the lab

UCL has been engaging with schools in Newham, with the aim of inspiring pupils from the borough to consider higher education as a viable option, and applications to UCL from students living in Newham have risen by 31% in the past year.

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

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Green Economy

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair.

Climate change won't reduce winter deaths

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London snow by Edvvc on Flickr square

Climate change is unlikely to reduce the UK’s excess winter death rate as previously thought. 

London’s Volunteering University

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Student Volunteer Homework Club

We all know that UCL is ‘London’s Global University’, but maybe it’s time for the institution to be seen as ‘London’s Volunteering University’.

Highly commended UCL Open Access Guide now available

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UCL Open Access

UCL’s new Open Access (OA) Guide is now available on the UCL Library Services website.

The guide, launched at the recent UCL OA Forum, has been praised as a clear, straightforward introduction to OA for all researchers, including those whose funding agencies require their outputs to be made open access.

UCL top in research council income

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UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants awarded to 24 new projects

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24 new research projects have been awarded funding of up to £3,000 through the 2013-2014 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme.

£7 million Infrastructure Business Model Centres to engineer future UK

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Two new centres that will help shape the way the UK’s future infrastructure is planned and implemented were officially launched this week today during an event at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London.

Call for proposals: UCL–French Embassy science and technology workshops

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Record number of Marie Curie Fellowships for research at UCL

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23 postdoctoral researchers from 14 different countries have been awarded Marie Curie Individual Fellowships. The awards will enable researchers to spend up to two years working with research teams across all schools at UCL.

Cycling safer than driving for young people

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Researchers from UCL have found that cycling is safer than driving for young males, with 17 to 20 year old drivers facing almost five times greater risk per hour than cyclists of the same age.

Developing cities face perfect storm of environmental risks

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UCL Grand Challenges £5,000 grants available

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UCL Grand Challenges

The UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme invites applications to fund cross-disciplinary projects in Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

UCL Behaviour Change Month – November 2012

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UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing

UCL Behaviour Change Month in November 2012 will comprise a series of cross-disciplinary talks, discussions and workshops, and lead up to a £10,000 research prize workshop in January 2013.

New applications for UCL Provost’s Venture Research Fellowship invited

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Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) addresses one of the most fundamental questions: how did complex life arise? He does so as the inaugural UCL Provost’s Venture Research Fellow, a programme for which new applications are invited.

UCL News podcast: Royal Society summer science exhibition

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The UCL News podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening. 

Better urban planning is essential to improve health

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Medellin, Colombia

The proportion of the world’s population that lives in cities has been steadily rising, so that 3 in 5 of all people globally will live in a city by 2030. The UCL-Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities explores the many issues other than health services that contribute to population health in a city environment.

UCL, Intel and Imperial to create Global Centre for Research in Sustainable Connected Cities

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The signing: (standing from left) Martin Curley, VP and Director Intel Labs Europe; Rt Hon George Osborne, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer,  and seated, Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) UCL; Dr Justin Rattner, CTO, Vice-President and Senior Fellow Intel; Edward Astle, Pro-Rector Enterprise, Imperial College

UCL, Imperial College London and Intel have announced the launch of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities. The new London-based institute will be Intel’s first research centre and global hub dedicated to exploring how technology can support and sustain the social and economic development of cities worldwide. 

Setting the cultural heritage research agenda

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UCL has contributed to setting the European research agenda relating to cultural heritage and global change.

A UCL-led workshop held in December 2011 resulted in the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Declaration on the Joint Programming Initiative ‘Cultural Heritage and Global Change: A New Challenge for Europe’ (The UCL Declaration).

UCL, Intel and Imperial poised to establish Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities

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The signing of the partnership in the presence of Chancellor George Osborne

UCL, Imperial College London and Intel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of establishing an Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities.

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