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2016 UCL MOOC call report

Following the announcement of funding to develop three more massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the FutureLearn platform, we received 16 proposals, involving 50 members of staff across 16 academic units of UCL, as well as collaborators from other institutions.

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Spotlight on Maya Abraham-Steele

This week the spotlight is on Maya Abraham-Steele, Intern, UCL Media Relations, UCL Communications & Marketing.

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Flexible working on day of EU Referendum (23 June)

Next Thursday, on 23 June, Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union. For the first time in 41 years, we can vote on whether or not the UK stays in the European Union.

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Spotlight on Evan Landy

This week, the spotlight is on Evan Landy, Environment, Health and Safety Officer, UCL Estates.

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Spotlight on Alison Major

This week the spotlight is on Alison Major, Marketing and Distribution Manager, UCL Press.

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Are you open?

It is two months since the start of the REF Open Access Policy. All researchers should now be in the habit of uploading manuscript versions of articles and conference papers to UCL’s Research Publications Service (RPS). Papers that are not uploaded within three months of publication cannot be submitted to the next REF.

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UCL Open Days 2016

UCL will be hosting its Undergraduate Open Days this summer on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June, and Saturday 10 September. All undergraduate academic departments are involved in these days, and over the course of the three dates we expect to welcome around 17,000 people to campus.

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UCL continues to increase access

A report from the Office for Fair Access published on 12 May, shows that UCL continues to make good progress in promoting access to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. UCL has made positive progress towards all of its high level targets, which must be approved by the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education.

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Building on UCL’s enterprise success

UCL has a long and successful track record of encouraging innovation and enterprise. This support for enterprise activities helps the university deliver the widest possible impact from its research on the economy and society, both in the UK and globally. It also brings individual benefits to our staff and students.

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Bringing expertise to bear on policymaking

I have occasionally fallen asleep listening to UCL academics. Happily, it is more common for me to wake up to the sound of their voices, quite often explaining how government decisions might be improved if only they were informed by evidence. (BBC Radio 4 acts as my morning alarm.)

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UCL strike action

The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) has notified UCL that its members will be taking two days strike action on the 25 and 26 of May 2016, following its rejection of this year’s national pay offer after just one meeting of this year’s pay negotiations round. The employers have made a final offer of 1.1% increase in pay, with higher amounts to those on the lowest pay points. The final offer also included a commitment to undertake substantial joint work on addressing gender pay gaps as well as casual and hourly-paid working arrangements in the Higher Education Sector.

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Research study into human resource management practices

I am conducting a survey as part of my MA Management project on Human Resource Management practices. The aim of my study is to learn more about the working life of employees of a global university.

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Spotlight on Dr Aarathi Prasad

This week the spotlight is on Dr Aarathi Prasad, UCL Grand Challenges, Office of the Vice-Provost (Research).

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