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Galton archive now online

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Galton archive now online

UCL Special Collections, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, have announced the launch of a digitised archive of papers by the Victorian scientist, Sir Francis Galton.

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. 

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

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David Fish

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

UCL research showcased as part of Universities Week

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The Thing Is

UCL is featuring in a UK-wide campaign from 9–15 June to highlight the value and importance of university research to our everyday lives.

Cod bones reveal 13th Century origin of global fish trade

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Cod bones

London’s international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity.

Crowd-sourcing Britain's Bronze Age: call for public to help catalogue and model prehistoric artefacts

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Micropasts

A new joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking online contributions from members of the public to enhance a major British Bronze Age archive and artefact collection. 

Royal Tudor foundation stone rediscovered at UCL

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UCL unveiling event

A stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago has been rediscovered behind a false wall in the Geography department of UCL.

IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

The Institute of Education (IOE) and UCL today announced that they are to begin consultation on a proposed merger.

Germany's economic resurgence due to decentralised wage bargaining rather than Hartz reforms: new research

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German Flag

The astonishing transformation of the German economy from the ‘sick man of Europe’ to a lean and highly competitive economy is predominantly due to the decentralisation of wage bargaining rather than government labour market reforms, according to new research led by UCL.

UCL economics professor knighted in New Year’s Honours list

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Professor Sir Richard Blundell

A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list.

New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors

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New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors

A new documentary to be broadcast on Channel 4 this weekend is largely based on research carried out by a team from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, in collaboration with colleagues at the Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in China.

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).

UK immigration: two UCL research papers published today

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Immigration

Two separate research papers by UCL academics published today highlight the evidence of the fiscal costs and benefits of recent immigration to the UK, as well as the difficulties with the government’s net migration target.

UK migration target “is not useful or appropriate”

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Immigration

The government’s target to cut net migration to the UK to below 100,000 by 2015 is neither a useful tool nor a measure of policy effectiveness, according to a new discussion paper by UCL academics. The aim to achieve a single numerical net migration target, announced by the coalition government in 2010, is unique in the history of UK migration policy and also new in an international context.

Recent immigration to the UK: New evidence of the fiscal costs and benefits

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Quad

UK immigrants who arrived since 2000 are less likely to receive benefits and less likely to live in social housing than UK natives. What’s more, over the decade from 2001 to 2011, they made a considerable positive net contribution to the UK’s fiscal system, and thus helped to relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers.

New NERC Doctoral Training Partnership announced for London institutions

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NERC DTP

UCL and eight other leading London institutions have today announced the creation of a new London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, which will specialise in training 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years.

Striking research images sought for UCL competition

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Twitter languages of London

Does your research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal? If so, consider entering the annual ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ competition and exhibition.

UCL and Institute of Education announce new Q-Step Centre

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Q-step

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.

Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals

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La Cotte Site Low Tide

A record of Neanderthal archaeology, thought to be long lost, has been rediscovered by UCL scientists working in the Channel island of Jersey.

Human evolution driven by climate change

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Rift valley

Early human evolution was driven by short pulses of rapid environmental change in East Africa, according to new research from academics at UCL and The University of Manchester.

Population ‘boom-and-bust’ followed start of farming in Western Europe

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field

The introduction of farming into Western Europe 7,500 years ago led to dramatic population collapse on a similar scale to the Black Death, according to researchers at UCL.

Researchers pinpoint when the first kings ruled Egypt

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Petrie Museum

A team of scientists and archaeologists, including UCL’s Professor David Wengrow and Dr Alice Stevenson, have been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of ancient Egypt.

Earliest known iron artefacts come from outer space

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iron beads

Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, also predate the emergence of iron smelting by two millennia.

Evolution of monogamy in humans the result of infanticide risk

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gorillas

The threat of infants being killed by unrelated males is the key driver of monogamy in humans and other primates. 

UCL Archaeology uncovers amazing finds in West Sussex

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Medmerry beach

Bronze Age settlements and Neolithic pottery are some of the finds made by UCL archaeologists during the construction of major new sea defences inland at Medmerry between Selsey and Bracklesham in West Sussex. 

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