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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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Quad

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.

Provost’s View: Championing a culture where Disabled people can thrive

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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

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Anthony Smith

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

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Quad

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

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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

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David Lomas

Having been Vice-Provost (Health) for three months, I should like to start by thanking my predecessor Professor Sir John Tooke: health at UCL has gone from strength to strength over the past five and a half years.

Vice-Provost's View: Global Engagement Strategy – how’s it going?

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You may be wondering what’s been happening since we launched UCL’s new Global Engagement Strategy (GES) in May. Here’s a quick summary. You can find more detail on our website and by subscribing to our bimonthly newsletter, UCL Global News.

Provost’s Long View: The state of UCL – the good, the not so good, and the future challenges

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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

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Rex Knight

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

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Ketso

With the academic session beginning once again, and the campus alive with new and returning students, we are turning our attention to how we can ensure that their experience at UCL is as rewarding and fulfilling as possible.

Provost's View: My priorities for 2015–2016

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Michael Arthru

It is my pleasure to welcome all staff and students to the beginning of a new academic year – a very important one for UCL, with much to do – as always.

Provost’s View: Women in Science

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Quad

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

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As the longest day of the year – 21 June – fell last week, a collective sigh was almost audible across campus; one of relief from undergraduates now that term is behind them, and one of contemplation from postgraduates and staff bracing themselves for a summer of research and planning.

Vice Provost's View: Professor Sir John Tooke's farewell reflections on UCL SLMS

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Sir John Tooke

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.

Provost’s View: Unveiling the mysteries of university finance

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Over the last few weeks, we have been working on UCL’s budget for next year. It will go to Council for approval in July, in time for the start of the 2015/16 financial year on 1 August.

Vice-Provost’s View: UCL East – imagining the future campus

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In taking on responsibility for leading the Academic Programme Board of UCL East, I have – not for the first time – been looking to UCL’s founders for inspiration.

Provost’s Long View: Preparing for QAA Review - a chance to showcase the best of UCL

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Portico

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

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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:

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