The Flight Bag

What, exactly, Warrant Officer Stanley Herbert Sharrad RAF was doing on August 3rd 1945 we will probably never know. But the fact of his absence from RAF Digri in West Bengal is significant. We do know where he was at the end of that month: escaping the heat of Bengal at the Tali Tal Leave…

Must Galton Fall?

Following in the footsteps of the much-contested #RhodesMustFall campaign at Oxford, UCL students are now asking themselves: must Galton fall? Francis Galton (1822-1911) was – and remains still – a very controversial figure in our institution. He was a polymath and a prolific writer, publishing about 340 books and articles, but he was also the…

Paris – a city of cinema

Paris is busy building new cinemas for old films. In November last year the major French film company Gaumont-Pathé opened a 5-screen cinema called Les Fauvettes in the thirteenth arrondissement. Not only is the name Les Fauvettes a throwback to the cinema’s previous existence as a Music-Hall called La Fauvette (1895 – 1930s), but the…

A snapshot into widening participation at UCL

Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to work in collaboration with colleagues at the Institute of Education on two exciting Widening Participation projects. In both projects, we wanted to move beyond the ‘parachute’ model of offering an isolated lecture or seminar in a school in favour of a more sustained engagement with teachers…

Careers insights from UCL alumni

For as long as I have been studying at university, I have been hearing the theory that obtaining a History degree can prove to be the key to success for a career in fields as diverse as law, journalism, public relations and even finance to name but a few. While I had often seen charts…