President and Provost News

Provost’s View: Women in Science

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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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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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