UCL Town Hall and Roundtable Discussions on new Department and Institute on Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

4-5pm, Thurs 21st March

On Thursday 21 March, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at Bedford Way LG04 ( reception to follow from 5:00pm to 5:45pm; directions here), there will be a Town Hall event open to all UCL staff. All UCL staff interested in learning more about the BEAMS School’s exciting new endeavour on science, technology, engineering and public policy are invited to attend.

Launching this autumn, the new Department and cross-faculty Institute at the heart of this initiative will develop a diverse array of internationally oriented educational, research, and policy engagement programmes. These programmes aim to build upon the superb foundations provided by UCL’s world-class excellence in science, technology and engineering, as well as the same in legal, social and policy studies. They also aim to continue UCL’s longstanding ethos of public engagement and service currently embodied by initiatives such as UCL Public Policy, UCL Enterprise and UCL Global Citizenship.

Accomplishing this ambitious agenda will require building strong collaborations with academic staff and programmes from across UCL, and the leaders of this endeavour – Brian Collins and Jason Blackstock – are keen to engage all interested UCL staff in their ongoing strategic visioning and planning process. (And with the impact agenda at the forefront of everyone’s mind for the REF this year, there are undoubtedly many ideas around for expanding UCL’s ability to maximise the global societal value of our academic excellence!)

After the Town Hall, Jason and Brian will be convening a series of roundtable discussions for academic staff with more detailed interest in collaboration opportunities around research, teaching and policy engagement. If you would be interested in attending one of these roundtables, please email Mohsina Somji. Please include department affiliation, position and any particular interests that you might have in your email, so that we can ensure participation in the most suitable roundtable.