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.
Provost’s View: Championing a culture where Disabled people can thrive
Publication date: 3 December 2015
It is currently Disability History Month, which has given me pause for thought about what progress we have made on disability equality at UCL in recent years. The theme of the month is ‘then and now’ and looks at the portrayal of Disabled people in the public realm. So it is timely that members of UCL’s Staff Disability Forum recently made a series of short films about their experiences of working at UCL. The films include advice for other Disabled staff and also feature views on what UCL can and must do better.
Vice-Provost's View: Our education strategy: preparing our students for the wider world
Publication date: 26 November 2015
Over the last few years students' expectations of their universities have grown, competition has become more fierce for the best students and - as the government's recent green paper shows – the quality of teaching has been placed under greater political scrutiny than ever before.
Provost's Long View: A rolling TEF, a periodic REF, farewell HEFCE and a proposed new ‘Office for Students’ – the government’s green paper on higher education
Publication date: 19 November 2015
For the second time in a year, I will start my column by expressing the collective sorrow of UCL for the recent horrific attacks in Paris and the tragic loss of life. As I heard one TV commentator say, if the Charlie Hebdo episode was about attacking French values and freedom of speech, this weekend saw a direct attack on France and its citizens.
Vice-Provost’s View: Five tips to help you navigate Open Access
Publication date: 12 November 2015
UCL is a pioneer in Open Access (OA) – that is, making research outputs freely available online. In 2009, we became the first European university ranked in the global top ten in the THE–QS world university rankings to make our research free to all, and earlier this year, we celebrated the launch of the UK's first fully OA university press (UCL Press). UCL’s policy states that authors must deposit all of their research outputs in our institutional Open Access repository, UCL Discovery.
Vice Provost's View: The outlook for health at UCL
Publication date: 5 November 2015
Vice-Provost's View: Global Engagement Strategy – how’s it going?
Publication date: 29 October 2015
Provost’s Long View: The state of UCL – the good, the not so good, and the future challenges
Publication date: 22 October 2015
Last week, I had the opportunity to address an audience of students, staff and members of the public at the inaugural talk of UCL’s autumn Lunch Hour Lecture series. This autumn marks the start of my third year at UCL and after two years marked by some great successes and considerable challenges, it feels like a natural time to take stock.
Vice-Provost’s View: How your feedback can create a better UCL
Publication date: 15 October 2015
UCL’s phenomenal success over the past 10–15 years in establishing itself as one of the world’s leading universities is fundamentally dependent on the talents and abilities of our staff. Whether you are an academic member of staff or you work in professional services, your commitment to excellence and your willingness to work in partnership are critical to our mission.
Provost’s and Vice-Provost’s View: Why the student experience matters
Publication date: 8 October 2015
Provost's View: My priorities for 2015–2016
Publication date: 1 October 2015
Provost’s View: Women in Science
Publication date: 26 June 2015
UCL was the first University in England to admit women on equal terms to men. Equality between the sexes is one of our core values, yet this past fortnight our commitment to women and to women in science has been challenged, our reputation put under pressure and we have been part of an intense and uncomfortable media storm.
Provost’s Long View: A truly remarkable year
Publication date: 25 June 2015
Vice Provost's View: Professor Sir John Tooke's farewell reflections on UCL SLMS
Publication date: 18 June 2015
As I approach my last few weeks as Vice-Provost (Health) at UCL, I hope you will indulge me in a few reflections and thoughts for the future of this great institution. Clearing out my stuff, I came across my letter of application for the role, in which I emphasised three issues for the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences (UCL SLMS): commitment to the whole translational spectrum whilst sustaining excellent discovery science; greater visibility of our core strengths; and the projection of SLMS as an intellectual hub for biomedical science, with effective partnership working at its core.
Frequently asked questions about university finances
Publication date: 11 June 2015
- Why does UCL need to make a surplus?
- What happens to the surplus each year?
- Don’t we have a strong balance sheet?
- What do we mean by ‘financial sustainability’?
- What do we mean when we talk about the ‘full economic cost’ of an academic activity?
- How have we arrived at a capital plan of £1.25bn over the next ten years?
- Within the capital plan, how are projects prioritised and how are decisions made?
- What is the profile of spend on the capital plan for Bloomsbury vs UCL East?
- Why is UCL East so important to our future?
- What happens to the university’s finances if we deliver the capital plan over 12 or 15 years, instead of the current 10-year plan?
- Why can’t we slow down the rate at which we are currently planning to increase our annual surplus?
- Why don’t we just grow our income through growth of the institution to solve this financial problem?
- Why are our competitors doing better than us financially, and what can we learn from them?
- How do our tuition fee prices compare to our competitors?
- Do we spend more on professional services than our competitors; either centrally or throughout the organisation?
- Why do my department and faculty contributions keep rising, but you always want more each year?
Provost’s View: Unveiling the mysteries of university finance
Publication date: 11 June 2015
Vice-Provost’s View: UCL East – imagining the future campus
Publication date: 4 June 2015
Provost’s Long View: Preparing for QAA Review - a chance to showcase the best of UCL
Publication date: 28 May 2015
We have recently received confirmation that UCL will be subject to review by the Quality Assurance Agency in May 2016. This may sound a little strange, but I am actually looking forward to the review, for reasons that I will explain. The QAA is the UK-wide agency responsible for monitoring and advising on the standards and quality of UK higher education. As part of a common framework for quality assurance, all universities agree to be subject to an independent review by QAA every six years or so. UCL was last reviewed in 2009 and so we are definitely due a visit.
Vice-Provost's View: Launch of our new Global Engagement Strategy
Publication date: 21 May 2015
I’m delighted – and not a little relieved – to announce that Council approved the new GES on 13 April, after a full discussion on 30 March. The new strategy can be summarised as ‘London’s Global University works with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges’.
With great support from the Communications & Marketing office and others across UCL, we are launching with staff and students today: