UCL in the media
Policy Fellow Laurie Macfarlane (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) asserts that the UK Government’s help-to-buy scheme has contributed to a housing crisis and asserts people should stay away from “our addiction to house price growth”.
The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, finds research co-authored by Professor Francis Green and Professor Emla Fitzsimons (both UCL Institute of Education).
Commenting on a recommendation to offer free school meals to all families on universal credit, Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Health) recognises the proposal, but says addressing the UK’s healthy eating depends on the quality, price and distribution of food.
The giant sarsen stones that form the primary architecture of Stonehenge originate from West Woods on the edge of Wiltshire’s Marlborough Downs, according to new research co-authored by Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology).
Dr Kathryn Allan (UCL English Language & Literature) adds to a piece exploring metaphors in human language, explaining that they are used in political speeches “purposefully and really consciously to try to make people perceive a situation in a certain kind of way”.
As the government looks to invest £380m in Low-Earth-orbit satellite company One Web, commenting Professor Marek Ziebert (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) raises doubts about the technology’s signal consistency and navigational capacity.
Honorary Professor David Curtis (UCL Bisociences), Professor Nick Fox and Dr Amanda Heslegrave (Both UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) comment on a new blood test which could be used to detect Alzheimer's disease at the earliest stage, years before symptoms appear.
A team led by Dr Rob Aldridge (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) has been awarded £1.4m to encourage 12,000 people from BAME backgrounds to sign up to the Virus Watch study, which looks at the factors leading to increased cases of Covid-19 in BAME groups.