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Provost’s View: Research – the lifeblood of this university

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It takes a special type of person to succeed in the face of the frustrations and setbacks that characterise a research career – requiring admirable reserves of enthusiasm, perseverance and creativity.

Vice-Provost’s View: TEF on the horizon and what this means for teaching and learning at UCL

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So, TEF is on its way. In January, UCL will be making its submission to the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, which seeks for the first time to reach a judgement on the quality of student education in England's universities. 

Provost’s View: Rising to the challenge of sustainability

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Sustainable development is one of the major global themes of the 21st century and one that challenges our economic model of growth and development, the way in which our society functions and our custodianship of the earth’s resources. 

Provost’s View: UCL Bartlett and how we can help our faculties to realise their ambitions

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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

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Professor Michael Arthur

The most exciting thing about working at UCL is being part of a place with global vision and global ambitions, combined with the drive, desire and clout to transform that into real global impact. 

Provost’s View: Why we must reach out more than ever in a post-Brexit world

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Professor Michael Arthur

Welcome back for what promises to be an exciting, and transformative, year at UCL. Whether you were working on your research, preparing for teaching for the next academic year, working in professional services or relaxing and taking a vacation, I trust you had a good summer.

Magna Charta Observatory statement concerning universities in Turkey

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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

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As the end of the academic year, and the end of my third year as President and Provost of UCL approaches, I thought it would be helpful to reflect on the progress that we are making in terms of our long term ambitions, as outlined in UCL 2034.

Building on UCL’s enterprise success

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Celia Caulcott

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

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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.)

Provost’s View: Developments for UCL East

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I would like to congratulate Sadiq Khan on his election as Mayor of London on 5 May. London is central to our UCL 2034 vision and we look forward to working with the Mayor and his team on a range of issues, including one of our biggest contributions to the development of the capital – UCL East.

Provost's View: Transforming UCL - from the New Student Centre to UCL East

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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

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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

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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

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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

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David Lomas

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

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Following 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

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Provost's View: Philanthropy month – setting the scene for UCL’s philanthropic campaign

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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

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  • Dr Celia Caulcott joined UCL as Vice-Provost (Enterprise) in October 2015. UCL's President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, has also asked her to consider how to develop the UCL 2034 London strategy.

Provost’s View: Inaugural Provost's Excellence Awards

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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

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It is now some 18 months since we launched UCL 2034 and as we start a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight recent developments and look ahead to what I would like us to achieve in 2016.

Two UCL academics made a DBE: Professor Georgina Mace and Professor Henrietta Moore

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Professor Georgina Mace and Professor Henrietta Moore

Two UCL academics were made a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours 2016.

Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research was made a DBE in the New Year Honours 2016 for her services to science.

Provost’s View: From government policy developments to plastic bag funds for dementia

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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

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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.

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