UCL in the media
Professor Yvonne Kelly (UCL Epidemiology & Health) said “we know age of puberty [for girls] has been coming down for decades and decades” likely because of higher obesity rates and greater stress levels, and plausible that effects from the pandemic will increase the trend.
Professor Oriel Sullivan (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education & Society) explores what it means to do a “chore” around the house, and how the gender balance of who does them has changed since the pandemic.
“Politicians have it in their power to start mending the bridges… Empowering independent regulators whom voters could have confidence in would be a vital first step,” said Professor Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit), on ways MPs could improve their public image.
Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando, who was murdered in 1999, will be the subject of a new Netflix documentary that explores her life, career and legacy. Her co-presenter, Nick Ross, campaigned to set up the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at UCL in her memory.
Professors Peter Fonagy and Eamon McCrory (both UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) are among eight experts appointed to a new Advisory Group by The Princess of Wales to provide oversight of the work of her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
UCL research found that although the majority of young people are unaffected by the Met's tweeted images of knives, among a smaller cohort - mostly affected by violence - 53% said such imagery made them feel unsafe, scared and worried.
“Christianity would have to change very radically before we wound up with a robotic priesthood,” says Ziba Norman (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education & Society), discussing the ethics and issues around using ChatGPT to write sermons.
Undertaking between six to seven minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity (MVPA) every day could improve cognitive performance, finds a new study led by PhD candidate John Mitchell (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health).
“When people ask me what Galton was like, I say he's both a Victorian gentleman and he’s really quirky,” said Professor Joe Cain (UCL Science & Technology Studies), discussing polymath Sir Francis Galton and his beauty map of the British Isles.