Last updated 03/09/2006
2 Sep 2006 A minor update just to remove some of the scripts I had been linking to that suddenly had started popping up nasty advertising on the page. Sorry about that everyone. Also, just to satisfy Ian: I still only have one head, and it still has hair on it.
24 Oct 2005 By popular (?) demand here's a quick update on what I'm doing now: I'm currently working for a city startup (how long can one justify calling it a startup?) called Columba Systems. I'm working with Chris and the office is just accross the road from Tammay and Richard.
Some time ago now, I did a Ph.D. with the Hot-Star Group at University College London. My main research interest is in the field of photospheric abundances in O stars, but my work to date has also included a study of rotational velocities of O and B stars. A CD version of my thesis is available upon request.
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Scientists warn only ?simplified?, degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century
A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world?s remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world?s most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science. 
Working long hours linked to higher risk of stroke
Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a 33% greater risk of stroke and a more modest (13%) increased risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with working a standard 35 to 40 hour week, according to the largest study in this field so far, led by UCL and published in The Lancet.
UCL climbs Shanghai world rankings to 18th place
UCL has risen to 18th place in the new Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published this week by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, making it one of only three UK universities in the top 20.
Heat release from stagnant deep sea helped end last Ice Age
The build-up and subsequent release of warm, stagnant water from the deep Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas played a role in ending the last Ice Age within the Arctic region, according to new research led by a UCL scientist.
UCL Bloomsbury Theatre building works update
The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre is currently closed for planned building works which have impacted on known asbestos further than expected. 
UCL awarded for its efforts to advance ?race? equality in pioneering new scheme
UCL has become one of the first universities in the UK to be formally awarded for its efforts to understand, and take steps to address, racialised inequalities in the academy.
A-Level Results 2015: adjustment places available at UCL
UCL has a small number of places available on certain courses through UCAS Adjustment. These are for well qualified applicants who have done better than expected, meeting and exceeding the conditions of their firm choice. We do not have any places available through Clearing.
National Student Survey: UCL results
Overall student satisfaction at UCL has fallen by 3%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.
Artificial intelligence improves fine wine price prediction
The price fluctuation of fine wines can now be predicted more accurately using a novel artificial intelligence approach developed by researchers at UCL. The method could be used to help fine wine investors make more informed decisions about their portfolios and encourage non-wine investors to start looking at wine in this manner and hence increase the net trade of wine. It is expected that similar techniques will be used in other ?alternative assets? such as classic cars.
Switching off street lights at night does not increase car crashes and crime
Reduced street lighting in England and Wales is not associated with road traffic collisions or crime, according to research by UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Professor Chris Husbands takes up new post as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University 
Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and Vice-Provost (Academic Development & London) has announced that he will be leaving UCL to take up the appointment of Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University from January 2016.
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