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.
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.