Michael Arthur

The search for the next Provost begins

Michael Arthur will be stepping down as Provost at the end of September 2020, and the search is on for his successor. The Cheese Grater reviews the candidates. Michael Arrr-thur Strengths: plundering experience (valuable fundraising skills) Weaknesses: has scurvy Lil Provost Strengths: 250,000 followers on Soundcloud Weaknesses: literally everything else Arthur Michael (1853–1942) Strengths: American …

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In conversation with… Michael Arthur

It’s Thursday afternoon and fresher Daniel Jones is on route to meeting UCL’s provost Michael Arthur for what could be a ground-breaking interview. Thanks to a promotion within the Cheese Grater hierarchy, the position as Wholesome News Correspondent has recently become vacant. Chances like this don’t come around often, and those with ambitions need to …

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What Is UCL’s Favourite Spoon?

The Cheese Grater held an exclusive interview with UCL provost Michael Arthur to put an end to the ceaseless debates and bitter arguments over the question on everyone’s lips: What is UCL’s favourite spoon? Michael J.P. Arthur: Well, UCL’s favourite spoon is a prestigious spoon. Our spoon of choice is the 7th best spoon in the …

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Living the High Life: College’s unaccountable pay and perks criticised.

When Provost Professor Michael Arthur crossed the Watford gap from his tenure at Leeds, The Cheese Grater reported that his hotel bills had cost the Yorkshire university an average of £7000 a year. According to a recent report by the University and College Union, Arthur hasn’t stopped hitting the minibars now he’s at UCL. Last …

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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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The Provost’s Dream Diary

January 5th: dreamt that a swiss old cruel man with tiny cloth eyes sold me a whistle I played the whistle and hannah sketchley became unhappy 6/10 January 7th: dreamt that I was back in leeds northern hands grasping at me northern fingers pulling at my shirtsleeves northern fingernails digging into my delicate skin 2/10 January 11th: dreamt …

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New Provost Michael Arthur

Hey, Big Spender!: new provost’s expensive tastes

The incoming UCL Provost has expensive tastes. In the last six years, Professor Michael Arthur, who will replace Professor Malcolm Grant in September, has charged the University of Leeds, where he is currently Vice Chancellor, over £70,000 in accommodation, entertainment and other expenses. Professor Arthur has been staying in some of the world’s most expensive …

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