Welcome to the UCL-Energy Term 3 newsletter
8 June 2016
This June marks the seventh year since the UCL Energy Institute was launched in June 2009 and as we come to the end of the academic year we can reflect on a very successful and busy final term.
We’ve wrapped up our UCL-Energy public seminar series, there have been a number of high level reports published by our staff and we continue to recruit staff.
Our PhD students also continued to experience great success throughout Term 3. UCL-Energy PhD student Will Usher successfully completed his PhD in May and the PhD student-run Energy Demand in Practice seminar series held its third event titled: Careers in the Energy Performance Gap. This event discussed career paths and opportunities in areas associated with the energy performance gap and was followed by a panel discussion with attendees from the Good Homes Alliance and Willmott Dixon Energy Services. Throughout the 2015/2016 academic year this event series explored the range of career paths that are available to PhD graduates, providing students with inspiration, advice on matters such as workplace skills that might be required, and networking opportunities. The Energy Demand in Practice team currently consists of Virginia Gori, Pamela Fennell and Lisa Iszatt, who set up this series in collaboration with LoLo management at UCL. You can read more about the series’ past events on the UCL-Energy Blog.
Term 3 also saw the launch of the Energy & Resource Economic Policy Group. This group is a join initiative between the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and promotes the integration of economic studies with disciplines related to resources and energy, involving junior and senior researchers in a prestigious research environment and network, as well as an active forum for advice, discussion and collaboration. You can find more information on the group’s aims and how to join on the group’s webpage.
As we come to the end of this academic year we are also facing a historic moment for the UK with the 23 June EU Referendum. This vote is a once in a generation event and on 9 June, UCL-Energy and The Edge are hosting an expert panel discussion to address this issue. This purpose of this event titled: Environmental & climate change consequences for the built environment is to provide objective, factual information. It does not take a view on whether to remain or leave, but presents a clear set of descriptions and observations about the current EU environmental and climate change directives and what options arise from their withdrawal. This event is now sold out but will be recorded and made available on the UCL-Energy YouTube Channel.
While the upcoming referendum may be a cause for some uncertainty about the UK’s future, with planning already underway for our 2016/2017 academic year, UCL-Energy is looking forward to a new academic year and meeting any upcoming challenges head on.