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The new-look Bloomsbury Theatre


The Bloomsbury goes all-inclusive. No, not free drinks, but improved access and disabled provision throughout.

Better connected. A new layout means there are now better links between the Bloomsbury building and the new Wilkins Terrace, with access opened up from the north entrance and improved connections between Gordon Street and the terrace.

The show must go on… in style! The inner foyer and theatre have been refurbished, creating plush surroundings for theatregoers.

“Orders, orders.” A brand new bar on the first floor means your chances of getting a drink have improved significantly (just don’t ignore the bell).

Getting down to (show)business. The basement now features an improved studio and performance area, a new performance space both for UCL and the wider world.

Hold on (actually there’s no need). The WC facilities have been improved throughout the building for your convenience.


Ever wondered why some people seem to have a better sense of direction than others? It’s all down to their “inner GPS” system, and the scientists that made this discovery have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – the most prestigious prize in science.

Professor John O’Keefe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, first made the discovery of what constitutes a positioning system in the brain – nerve cells that effectively form a map of the immediate surroundings – in 1971. Subsequent work with Professors May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology identified further nerve cells that allow for precise positioning and pathfinding, making it possible for the brain to determine position. The award was presented to all three jointly.

According to the Nobel Assembly: “The discovery of the brain’s positioning system has solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries – how does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment?

“It has opened new avenues for understanding other cognitive processes, such as memory, thinking and planning.”

For more information, visit www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1014/061014-john-okeefe

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