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:
Provost's View: What does the outcome of the general election mean for UCL?
Publication date: 14 May 2015
Vice-Provost's View: Farewell UCL
Publication date: 7 May 2015
Provost's View: Championing research-based education
Publication date: 30 April 2015
Many of you know by now that one of our priorities – as outlined in UCL 2034 – is our commitment to teaching and learning excellence through research-based education. Many changes will be taking place over the next few years that will have a long-term impact on the future of UCL, and you’ll be hearing more about them from many parts of the university.
Provost’s Long View: UCL 2034 – turning words into action
Publication date: 26 March 2015
With the general election looming, the emerging picture for the future funding of higher education is looking less than ideal. Although UCL has done well in HEFCE’s 2015/16 funding announcement today, with a 4% increase in our funding allocation for teaching and research, the underlying pressures were reflected in an overall drop of 5% for the sector as a whole.
Vice-Provost’s View: Optimising UCL’s contribution to medical innovation
Publication date: 19 March 2015
After our spectacular performance in REF 2014, there can be no doubt of UCL’s power in relationship to biomedical research and the impact of our work. The very structure of the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences (UCL SLMS) reflects our commitment to translating research from bench to bedside to population – a structure that facilitates the impact for which we were recognised in the REF exercise. Neither is there any doubt that impact will be an even more significant component of the next REF. Despite this apparent incentive to focus on applied research, we must continue to champion the conduct of world-class fundamental discovery science with no obvious direct application for pragmatic reasons if no other.
Provost’s View: How philanthropy enables our students to succeed
Publication date: 12 March 2015
Provost's View: Women in the workplace (and what men can do to help)
Publication date: 5 March 2015
This week saw something of a departure for me. On Monday, it was my great pleasure to take part in SEVEN, a documentary play presented by the UCL Institute for Women’s Health and based on the real life stories of seven women’s rights activists from Nigeria, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, Pakistan, Northern Ireland and Cambodia.
Provost’s View: 100 glorious years of SSEES
Publication date: 19 February 2015
Vice-Provost’s View: Professor Chris Husbands on education policy in the run-up to the General Election
Publication date: 12 February 2015
- Professor Chris Husbands is Director of the UCL Institute of Education and UCL Vice-Provost (Academic Development) a new role to which he was appointed on 11 Feb 2015 in which he will exercise general oversight of UCL’s human resource management policies and practices for academic and research staff.