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Celebrating global engagement

Global Engagement Funds: Celebrating success
Our first event celebrating UCL collaborations with international partners through the Global Engagement Funds was a great success. This year the seed funding enabled 114 academics from 75 departments to partner with 186 organisations in 57 countries. Discover some of their stories.
UCL is redoubling its efforts to reach out and work with partners across the globe to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. 
Here are a few recent highlights:
VP View: Intensifying our global engagement
Read Vice-Provost International Dame Nicola Brewer's latest update to find out more about UCL's global engagement activity since the EU referendum.
Peking University and UCL agree joint MBA programme
UCL and Peking University (PKU) have reinforced their key strategic partnership through the launch of a joint MBA programme between PKU's National School of Development and the UCL School of Management.
UCL at the India-UK TECH Summit
UCL engineering, big data and education experts joined Prime Ministers Theresa May and Narendra Modi at a New Delhi conference exploring future collaboration opportunities between India and the UK.
Input to European University Association Erasmus+ consultation
UCL Global Engagement Office and Student Mobility representatives contributed recently to a European University Association report on Erasmus+ and were invited to submit a comment piece, available here.
UCL collaboration scoops Outstanding Research Team award in Zambia
A UCL Medical School collaboration with the University of Zambia has scooped a prestigious award in recognition of its equitable partnership model for conducting South-North research.
Campaign for UCL launches in USA and China
UCL's It's All Academic campaign enjoyed successful launch events in North America and Asia, featuring high profile alumni and some of the university’s leading academics.
Cities Changing Diabetes expands partnership into Canada
A UCL initiative working with diverse partners in cities around the world to tackle the rise in urban diabetes expanded its reach to Vancouver on World Diabetes Day.
UCL academic appointed to Shanghai educational centre board
Dr Melanie Ehren will share good practices from UCL Institute of Education as part of the advisory board for the Educational Evaluation and Accreditation Center of the China Association for Non-Government Education, in Shanghai.
Provost's Awards for Public Engagement: Nominate now
Nominations are open until 2 December to recognise UCL academics' public engagement work around the world. Last year's winners included UCL Qatar's Dr Jane Humphris, for her outstanding community engagement in Sudan.

Ask GEO: Tom Windle

Tom is GEO's Senior Partnerships Manager for East and South East Asia. Here he tells us more about his work and UCL's activity in both regions.

Q: What is your role in the Global Engagement Office?
 
A: I develop and manage the portfolio of existing and potential partnerships for UCL in East and South East Asia, in line with UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy.

UCL has some really fascinating partnerships in both regions – from the UCL Institute of Education Confucius Institute leading the £10m Department for Education-funded Mandarin Excellence Programme, to UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences collaborating with the HRH Chulabhorn College of Medical Science on widening access to healthcare in Thailand.

Read the full Q&A with Tom.
Regional Network pages: Latest news and register for 2016/17 events

International Student Recruitment

Thailand grunge flag by Nicholas Raymond: www.freestock.ca
Country profile: Thailand
Thailand is among the top ten overseas student recruitment markets for UCL and has a solid international education environment. The number of Thai students coming to study in the UK almost doubled between 2002/03 and 2014/15.
What happens at the UCL Summer School?
UCL Summer School 2017
Applications for UCL's next Summer School open on 1 December, offering an expanded range of modules, from Anthropology and Psychology to Economics and Law. Watch this video to find out what some of the first year's students thought.

Funding opportunities

Please note that some funding calls are subject to an institutional cap and, if so, applications for these calls must be referred to the relevant Research Facilitation / Coordination office for your School, who lead UCL’s internal selection processes. You should also seek approval from your department and Research Services in line with the usual approval process.
Cultural Protection Fund 2016-2020
In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council has launched this new £30 million fund to create opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas.
Applications for Small Grants (less than £100k) should be submitted by 20 January 2017. The next Large Grants round will launch the same month.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research
Applications are invited for institutions to establish NIHR Units and Groups to deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in low and middle income countries. Only two institutional bids are allowed for each scheme - due to this UCL will run an internal triage to select those to go forward. UCL colleagues should complete the expression of interest form by 4pm on 9 December and send to Sylvia Sheppard.

Secondment opportunity

Academic Director: UCL Global Citizenship Programme
The Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) is recruiting for an Academic Director: UCL Global Citizenship Programme. The post is 0.4 fte from October 2017 and applications close at 5pm on 12 December.
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