Provost’s View: Research – the lifeblood of this university
Publication date: 23 November 2016
Vice-Provost’s View: TEF on the horizon and what this means for teaching and learning at UCL
Publication date: 17 November 2016
Provost’s View: Rising to the challenge of sustainability
Publication date: 9 November 2016
Provost’s View: UCL Bartlett and how we can help our faculties to realise their ambitions
Publication date: 2 November 2016
When I accepted the role as President and Provost at UCL, I was excited to try to help enable the ambition of faculties and departments that wanted to push forward at pace.
Provost’s View: UCL 2034 and the new Campaign for UCL
Publication date: 5 October 2016
Provost’s View: Why we must reach out more than ever in a post-Brexit world
Publication date: 29 September 2016
Magna Charta Observatory statement concerning universities in Turkey
Publication date: 10 August 2016
As a signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum, a shared statement of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities in the future, UCL would like to express support for the statement of the Magna Charta Observatory regarding the treatment of Turkish universities and academics in the aftermath of the failed coup of July 15 2016.
Provost’s View: UCL 2034 – the progress so far
Publication date: 8 June 2016
Building on UCL’s enterprise success
Publication date: 25 May 2016
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.
Bringing expertise to bear on policymaking
Publication date: 19 May 2016
Provost’s View: Developments for UCL East
Publication date: 12 May 2016
Provost's View: Transforming UCL - from the New Student Centre to UCL East
Publication date: 4 May 2016
I was delighted to welcome Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, to UCL last week in order to sign off on a £280m loan, the largest sum ever lent by the bank to a university. You may well have seen some of the media coverage of this landmark agreement.
Provost’s View: The UCL and IOE merger – a year and a half on
Publication date: 27 April 2016
At the beginning of the year colleagues and I were proud to attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace to collect the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the UCL Institute of Education’s (IOE) “world-leading contribution to the policy and practice of education and innovative social research”.
Vice-Provost's View: Our education strategy for the next five years
Publication date: 24 March 2016
Some 250 of you, academics and professional service staff, have shaped our Education Strategy in which we set out what a UCL education will look like five years from now. The strategy has now been published on the Teaching & Learning Portal.
Provost’s View: Staff Survey 2015 - what you said about working at UCL
Publication date: 16 March 2016
During November 2015, UCL asked all staff to fill in our Staff Survey. Running every two years, the Staff Survey is your opportunity to feed back to us your experience of working at UCL. The survey provides valuable insight into what is functioning well at UCL, but more importantly, where there is room for improvement – providing the basis for an action plan formulated by UCL’s senior management team (SMT) and implemented across UCL.
Infectious disease and global health – what UCL is doing
Publication date: 10 March 2016
We face a growing global threat from infectious disease. This was highlighted by the devastating outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, which affected over 28,000 people and claimed the lives of over 11,000. The recent outbreak of Zika virus infection in Brazil, transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, particularly affects pregnant women resulting in children born with microcephaly (very small heads and brains).
Provost’s View: Why I believe British exit from the European Union would harm UK higher education
Publication date: 3 March 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the European Union referendum
will take place on June 23, there is now a clear possibility of an outcome that
culminates in British exit from the EU. Voices from across British politics and
public life are aligning themselves to different sides of the debate, and as
head of one of the UK’s world-leading universities, I want to state my own position.
Vice-Provost’s View – laying the foundations for effective global engagement
Publication date: 25 February 2016
It is just over three months since I last gave an update on what’s happening with our new Global Engagement Strategy (GES).
Provost's View: Philanthropy month – setting the scene for UCL’s philanthropic campaign
Publication date: 4 February 2016
I have alluded to the forthcoming UCL philanthropic Campaign in numerous Provost’s Views over the last year or two. I want to reflect on this topic in more depth this week so that all staff at UCL are kept well informed about this key aspect of implementing UCL 2034. This coincides with the start of Philanthropy Month, which began with the annual Scholarships and Bursaries Reception on Monday and which will conclude with Philanthropy Day on 29th February– a celebration of the importance and impact of giving (money, time, and expertise) to UCL. This is the first milestone in a busy year for fundraising and supporter engagement that will culminate in the Campaign launch in Bloomsbury this September.
Vice-Provost's View: Developing the UCL London strategy
Publication date: 28 January 2016
Provost’s View: Inaugural Provost's Excellence Awards
Publication date: 21 January 2016
Before the Christmas break I mentioned that I had recently had the pleasure, alongside my fellow panel members, to consider the nominations for the inaugural Provost’s Excellence scheme. The scheme was set up to recognise truly exceptional contributions from across UCL, with a particular emphasis on furthering UCL values.
Provost’s View: UCL 2034 implementation plan launched
Publication date: 14 January 2016
Two UCL academics made a DBE: Professor Georgina Mace and Professor Henrietta Moore
Publication date: 14 January 2016
Provost’s View: From government policy developments to plastic bag funds for dementia
Publication date: 16 December 2015
As this term draws to a close, the dust is beginning to settle on three major intersecting government policy developments and initiatives, the (very) green paper on higher education, the Nurse review and the government’s spending review. Notwithstanding some of the finer detail, my overwhelming sentiment for higher education institutions is one of considerable relief that most of the uncertainty of recent weeks and months has been removed, and that we have a clear opportunity to remain adequately funded, internationally competitive and on track for the ambitions of UCL 2034.
UCL East - next steps
Publication date: 10 December 2015
I would like to update colleagues on a key strategic priority supporting our UCL 2034 vision – the creation of UCL East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP). Since the 5 May ‘Market Place’ event, when Professor David Price presented the academic vision for the project and showcased some of the 63 academic proposals for activities at the new campus, a huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to refine the bids for activities to be included within the first phase of UCL East, which is due to open in the 2019/20 academic year.