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Number of donors to the Postgraduate Scholarships scheme, raising more than £500,000.


The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Alumni Network has gone from strength to strength throughout 2015, following its launch in January at the Grant Museum.

At the packed launch event, Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu was the keynote speaker, underlining the importance of a network, established by UCL graduates, to offer a supportive community of alumni who self-define as BME. This includes, but is not limited to, people of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean heritage.

As well as holding a successful networking event in the summer, the group will facilitate further networking opportunities and will help alumni to develop long-term relationships and share practical advice.
It will also offer UCL’s BME students the opportunity to engage with positive and inspirational role models.

For more information on the BME Alumni Network visit www.ucl.ac.uk/alumni/groups/bmealumninetwork.



Retailers pledge funds to support UCL dementia research

Anew Dementia Research Institute will be established with the support of funds pledged by leading UK retailers – Iceland, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose – from the levy on single-use carrier bags.

The £350m centre will bring together researchers from across UCL and UCLH to lead national and international efforts to find effective treatments and improve the lives of those with dementia.

Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, said: “UCL, through its translational neuroscience at Queen Square, can bring the breadth and depth of expertise required to deliver therapeutic advances to this devastating condition.

“Philanthropy has made a huge difference in tackling global diseases such as cancer and malaria and this unprecedented initiative sees UK retailers acting collaboratively to tackle the tragedy that is dementia and neurodegenerative diseases.”


Illustration Angus Greig

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