News and Investigations

The Cheese Grater’s investigations team works hard to provide you with the latest stories about UCL and the Union. We shine a light on the realities of life at UCL, covering everything from the inanities of student politics to how the Machiavellian manoeuvres of UCL management impact daily life on campus.

The Dark Knight Rises

Vice Provost Rex Knight clashes with students as UCL Cut The Rent protests escalate. The Cheese Grater has already said it once this year (CG 51), but it’s been another rough term for the previously mighty UCL Residences, and given the events of the past month things won’t be looking up for some time. If the …

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Spotlight on… Rex Knight

Who exactly is the man that students love to hate? Among left-wing and activist circles at UCL, no name inspires quite as much derision – and venom – as Rex Knight, College’s Vice Provost for Operations. A hangover from the trigger-happy ancien régime of ex-Provost Malcolm Grant, and said by critics to have an unsettling …

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Declining Student Experience Threatens to Hit UCL Where it Hurts – in the Wallet

If you’ve seen the six foot tall billboards around UCL encouraging final year students to take part in the National Student Survey (NSS), you might think it’s commendable for UCL to come down from the Portico steps to ask us what we really think. In reality though it’s a pain in the arse that management …

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Bloomsbury Theatre

Final Curtain for the Bloomsbury Theatre?

“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent musical theatre from harmonising by taking a sledgehammer to their dreams.” – W. H. Auden. The Cheese Grater’s prediction of ‘asbestos yet to come’ (CG 51) was incredibly close to the mark. UCL’s catastrophic mismanagement of building works on the Bloomsbury Theatre has become even more …

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North Korean sympathiser on UCL’s academic board?

North Korea is “very egalitarian” and a “democracy from the bottom”, and Stalin’s rule in the USSR was marked by “popular appreciation”, according to a member of the UCL Academic Board shown in a film obtained by The Cheese Grater. Dr. Hugh Goodacre, a lecturer and teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, can be …

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Violence between police and protestors over Senate House occupation

Bloomsbury streets were stained with blood as protestors clashed with police during demonstrations. What began with the occupation of Senate House ended with a total of 41 arrests: five from the occupation and a mass arrest of 36 on Thursday 5 December. These included London Student editor Oscar Webb (the third of four ULU sabbatical …

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Violent Arrest in ULU

A young woman was dragged by police from the ULU Cafe this lunchtime as shocked students looked on and tried to remonstrate with policemen. The woman is thought to be an activist for the ULU-based 3Cosas campaign, which works with cleaners in Bloomsbury to fight for pension rights and holiday and sick pay. University staff …

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ULU to close but Chessum resolute: “This is not the end”

The University of London’s Council, made up of the Vice Chancellors of 18 London universities, this morning voted in favour of shutting down ULU. The proposals, which include stripping ULU of any democratic functions and establishing a revenue-driven ‘Student Services Centre’, will come into force in just over a year. Despite the fact that the …

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