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Santander NextSec event: Security in an agile world

By Kerry Milton, on 12 October 2015

Santander NextSec Event

Santander NextSec Event

Chilean Economy: challenges ahead

By Kerry Milton, on 7 August 2015

UCL is delighted to welcome Rodrigo Valdés Pulido, Minister for Finance, Government of Chile to give a public lecture on ‘Chilean Economy: challenges ahead.’

  • Date: 7 September 2015

  • Time: 15.15-16.10

  • Location: UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT (Exact building will be confirmed 2 weeks before the event)

  • Open to academics, staff, students and the general public

You MUST register to attend

The Minister’s visit to UCL takes place in the context of Chile Day 2015, which is organised by Chilean Ministry of Finance and INBEST Chile. It seeks to promote Chile abroad as a highly attractive country for investment and as a financial fund management platform for Latin America and emerging markets as well as strengthening ties between Chilean local capital markets and its global partners.

Spatial justice – an Anglo-French dialogue, supported by the UCL/Institut Français du Royaume Uni Partnership

By Kerry Milton, on 3 July 2015

Social justice remains an enduring, if at times muted, driver of social policy. At the city scale, this normative imperative is increasingly being encapsulated through the notion of spatial justice – an attempt to conceptualise, and render actionable, the complex interplay of relations between distribution, recognition, governance and territory. Spatial justice is a bold and vivid concept, inherently dynamic and political and, as such, warrants closer scrutiny.

With the support of the UCL-Institut Français du Royaume Uni Partnership, colleagues from the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit and Department of Geography at UCL will, on 7-8 September, have an opportunity to unpack the concept in dialogue with partners from Université de Paris Est (UPE).

The exchange will enable a rare exploration of the linguistic and conceptual appropriation of the term in Anglophone and Francophone literatures, as well as their translation into urban policy. Working across disciplinary and theoretical vantage points, grounded in Northern and Southern based cases of practice, the exchange will test the similarities and differences between so-called ‘French’ and ‘Anglo’ perspectives on spatial justice, and explore how these affect both the conceptualisation of appropriate policy responses, and the formulation of policy instruments to drive implementation.

The exchange will include a public event on 7 September with political philosophers Jonathan Wolff (UCL) and Catherine Audard (LSE & Forum for European Philosophy), who will explore the possible implications for urban development of justice debates in Anglo-American and Francophone philosophical and political thought.

For more information, please email Dr. Barbara Lipietz at b.lipietz@ucl.ac.uk

School pupils give entrepreneurship a global squeeze with Citrus Saturday

By Kerry Milton, on 3 July 2015

School pupils around the world will be starting their first enterprises on Saturday 4 July as part of Citrus Saturday, a UCL initiative to get young people thinking about entrepreneurship. The programme gives teams of young people aged 11 to 15 years a taste of running their own businesses through setting up and managing lemonade stands for the day.

Over 200 young people are due to take part in this year’s event, with participating countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Poland, Armenia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Niger, Kenya and Tanzania.

Media are invited to attend the formal launch at the British Library where Timothy Barnes and Jack Wratten will be available for interview from 11:30am, while local and international media can also attend local stands – for a full list of where Citrus Saturday is happening please visit the website

Citrus Saturday, which is in its fifth year in the UK and second internationally, is a hands-on education programme developed by UCL to provide an introduction to entrepreneurship for young people.

Each team will run their stand as closely to that of a small business as possible, having been provided with seed funding from UCL to buy fruit and materials for the day. Any profits made are kept by the teams to reinforce the link between hard work and earning money.

Jack Wratten, Citrus Saturday Manager, said: “Our mission is to ensure that every young person in the world who wants to learn about business and experience entrepreneurship first-hand gets the opportunity to do just that.

“Citrus Saturday helps to fulfil the need for enterprise education in a fun and easy way, students directly learn skills not only valuable for entrepreneurs but for the entire workforce of tomorrow.”

Participation in the programme, which was established in 2011 by Timothy Barnes, Director of UCL Enterprise Operations, has tripled since last year and aims to engage with 1 million young people by 2020.

The programme is designed for small teams of pupils, with the Citrus Saturday Toolkit available to any organisation that works with young people. The Toolkit includes all materials needed to run workshops covering the basics of being an entrepreneur.

The teams will be supervised by volunteers from UCL and the wider community, who will provide support on the day and at introductory workshops, teaching the teams everything from business planning to food hygiene.

The stands have been generously supported by partners including The British Library, Spitalfields Market and Network Rail, with supplies provided by Booker.

XIII Symposium of Mexican Students and Studies

By Kerry Milton, on 18 February 2015

UCL will host of the XIII Symposium of Mexican Students and Studies 2015: “Connecting Ideas, Building the Future”. This event will take place during the summer, from 23-25 July.

Organised by the UCLU Mexican Society, there will be a number of parallel sessions for students as well as lectures by recognised researchers in topics related to science, technology, public health, environment, human rights, politics, and arts and humanities in Mexico.

The Governments of the UK and Mexico decided to celebrate 2015 as the dual Year of Mexico in the UK/Year of the UK in Mexico. Followed by the visit of the Prince of Wales to Mexico, this event will be the academic peak of the Dual Year in an open, plural, and critic environment to discuss the main concerns of the Mexican population.

All students from any nationality whose research is about Mexican studies are warmly invited to apply in this unique opportunity to network with their peers. The call for papers will be published in due course.

To find out more, please contact the lead organiser, Tonatiuh Anzures at tonatiuh.anzures.11@ucl.ac.uk or follow the UCLU Mexican Society on Twitter @ucl_mexsoc or Facebook

UCL and CommonPurpose accepting applications for CSC Leaders for Students course

By Kerry Milton, on 17 March 2014

UCL is working with charity, CommonPurpose to host the next CSC Leaders for Students course, 23-26 June 2014. The course is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference (CSC) initiative, which aims to develop leadership skills across and within the Commonwealth.

The free, four-day leadership development event brings together a diverse range of students from different universities across London to analyse a particular topic through discussions, debates, case studies and group work, all guided by senior professionals from business, government, and third-sector organisations.

Two days of the course take place at UCL, and two days at BP Headquarters in central London.

The course is aimed at all and any UCL students who:

  • Want to make a difference in the world
  • Want their voice and their ideas to influence what is happening today
  • Want to add real value to their CV and develop leadership skills which will help them in the future.

The London course is open to all students, not just those from the Commonwealth. The first UCL-based course was held in November 2013 and considered the topic, “How do you get societal – as well as economic – value out of technological innovation?”

This year’s course will focus on, “What makes a city smart?”

For more details and how to apply, visit the CSC Leaders website

What an incredible experience. Probably the best course ever. My confidence has increased and so has my will power to make a change.

W.P., UCL Computer Science Undergraduate student, CSC Leaders for Students participant 2013

Absolutely brilliant for seeing the bigger picture, I’ve worked with people I’d never dream of working with. This really fits with UCL being London’s Global University.

C.S., UCL Civil Engineering Graduate student and CSC Leaders for Students participant 2013