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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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UCL 2034 graphic

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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Community Health

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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UCL East

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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staff survey

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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UCL London
  • 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.

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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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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Discovery downloads

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.

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