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Erasmus Week, 7-11 July 2014

Kerry Milton10 June 2014

The Office of International Affairs (OfIA) and UCL Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS) host UCL’s 2nd Erasmus Week programme.

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Building on the successful programme in 2013, where over 20 participants attended from all over Europe, UCL have welcomed staff from Erasmus Partner Universities to participate in an exciting event this week.

The programme enables participants to exchange ideas about fostering student and staff mobility, to present their home universities and meet with relevant academic departments to explore and discuss special topics of interest.

With a special focus on English Language for non-native speakers, presentations and workshops have explored pronunciation, preparing online courses and presentation skills.

Participants also had an opportunity to share best practice in areas of Continuing Professional Development Learning and Distant/Digital Learning aimed at Professional Services in Higher Education.

Moving away from the classroom, the schedule will include a tour of UCL’s famous campus and the history of its buildings, as well as an insight into the Jeremy Bentham project and a cultural day out in London.

Participants will be awarded with a Certificate of Participation by Nigel Percival, Director, Office for International Affairs on Friday 11 July.

For further information, please contact:
Hema Tank
Partnership Manager / Erasmus Coordinator, Office for International Affairs
+44 (0)20 3108 5091 / internal 55091
Cristina Gardini
SHR/CPD Team Manager, PALS

+44 (0) 20 7679 4203 / internal 24203

1-UCL Award winners, supported by Santander Universities, help charities close to their hearts

Kerry Milton23 April 2014

UCL students were able to help a charity of their choice after receiving a 1-UCL Award for their own non-academic community achievements.

The 1-UCL Awards, supported by Santander Universities, aims to foster community spirit as well as highlight and reward outstanding achievement by current UCL students in a non–academic field.

Harry Bulstrode donated £1,000 to the Peter Hansford Racing Team

“I am a Neurosurgery Registrar and have been studying brain tumour biology as a Wellcome Research Training Fellow at the UCL Cancer Institute, and now at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

I donated the award to the Peter Hansford Racing Team, who has since 2011, provided the equipment and expertise to enable me to compete at national level alongside my work commitments. The team is based in Winchester, Hampshire, and compete in road, time trial and track disciplines. This season my goals are to win the British Student Time Trial Championships and the Scottish National Time Trial Championships. The team have been behind me all the way so now I just have to pedal hard!

I was delighted to receive the award. I get a lot of satisfaction balancing surgery, science and cycling, and I hope to live up to this award in each of those areas.”

Bethany Evans donated £1,000 to the Holborn Community Association

“I was nominated for the award for developing volunteering within UCLU Women’s Hockey Club. Alongside the club President Florence Mackenzie, I organised a series of events to raise the profile of volunteering within the club. These ranged from volunteering at the UCLU Christmas Concert in the Quad to selling ribbons for World Aids Day as well as holding a joint fundraising day with the Men’s Hockey Club for one of their members who suffered a severe spinal injury.

I decided to donate the £1000 to Holborn Community Association because we have seen the fantastic work they undertake everyday first hand. They help older people to relax, socialise and enrich their lives, as well as providing essential support to help members to continue to live independently. The money will be used to help further improve the quality of older people’s lives in our local community by helping to continue to fund activities such as summer outings, photography classes and tai chi sessions.”

You can see what other winners did with their award here

UCL and the British Council launch museum training school

Kerry Milton6 March 2014

UCL has teamed with the British Council to launch the Museum Training School (MTS). MTS will provide arts and heritage professionals from around the world with the skills and knowledge necessary to increase the sustainability and growth of museums and galleries.

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Museums and galleries around the world are experiencing unprecedented growth and rapid change. These changes accelerate the need to train a new generation of museum leaders. MTS responds to this need.

UCL and the British Council will use their world-class collections, resources and expertise to provide a unique learning experience with an international approach and outlook. The four courses currently on offer are:

  • How to build local, national and international partnerships
  • How to develop exhibitions
  • How to develop a schools and learning programme
  • How to develop community engagement programmes

In addition to the hands-on teaching led by innovative specialists in the field, the alumni of the Museum Training School will join a global network of museum and gallery leaders.

To apply to the school and for further information, visit the UCL Museum Training School website

UKIERI award success

Kerry Milton14 February 2014

Dr Daniel G. Bracewell from UCL’s Department of Biochemical Engineering and Physicist Dhiren Kataria from the Department of Space and Climate Physics, in collaboration with academics in the UK and India, have both received prestigious funding awards from the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

A joint initiative between the UK and Indian Governments, UKIERI aims to enhance educational links between the two countries, providing opportunities and funding for UK and Indian universities to collaborate on thematic partnerships and collaborations to enhance the innovation and research capacity of the two countries.

Dr Bracewell and his team at UCL, in partnership with the Department of Biosciences at the University of Kent and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi), will explore imaging technologies in order to understand bioseperations, building on existing work between UCL and IIT Delhi.

Dr Bracewell explains, “These funds will be critical to take our collaboration in biochemical engineering with IIT Delhi to the next level.”

Dhiren’s project aims to develop a strategic research and innovation partnership in the area of space science and instrumentation between teams at the Space Physics Laboratory (SPL), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in India, and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) at UCL.

“I see the partnership as an exemplar,” commented Dhiren, “with the long term vision of extending such partnerships to other areas of space research between Indian and UK institutions, tapping into India’s already incredibly successful space programme.”

Established in 2006, UKIERI has so far committed £25 million in the first phase of the programme, and has recently been extended by a further five years.

For further information visit the UKIERI website