UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

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UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
Dean Stephen Smith[1]
Admin. staff 292[2]
(Academic and research staff (as at October 2009))
Students 2,353[2]
(Undergraduate (2008/09))
1,456[2]
(Graduate (2008/09))
Location London, United Kingdom
Website UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

The UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences is one of the 10 constituent faculties of University College London (UCL).[3] The current dean is Stephen Smith.[1]

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

The Chair of Political Economy at UCL was created in 1827 in memory of David Ricardo, establishing the first Department of Economics in England.[4] The first holder of the Chair was John Ramsay McCulloch.[4] In 1833 Alexander Maconochie was appointed as Professor of Geography at UCL, the first such appointment in the British Isles.[5][6] In 1853 Gottfried Kinkel gave a series of lectures on medieval art at UCL.[7] William Stanley Jevons held a professorship of economics at UCL between 1876 and 1880.[4]

20th century[edit]

In 1922 Tancred Borenius became the first holder of the UCL Chair in History of Art, a post he held until his death in 1948.[7] He was succeeded by Rudolf Wittkower from 1948 to 1956 and Ernst Gombrich from 1956 to 1959.[7][8] Ronald Fisher was Professor of Eugenics at UCL between 1933 and 1939.[9] Ian Christie was a Reader of History from 1960 to 1966, Professor of History from 1966 to 1979, Chairman of the History Department from 1975 to 1979 and Astor Professor of British History from 1979 to 1984.[10] Between 1962 and 1972 Peter Ucko was Lecturer in Anthropology at UCL.[11] Sir Robert Rees Davies was a lecturer in the Department of History between 1963 and 1976.[12] UCL merged with the Institute of Archaeology in 1986.[13] The Constitution Unit was established in April 1995.[14] The School of Slavonic and East European Studies merged with UCL in 1999.[15]

21st century[edit]

In May 2003 a team from the Department of Anthropology published a major piece of research on the possible link between the amount of food that a mother has to eat and the gender of her children.[16] In May 2006 a report co-authored by James Banks of the Department of Economics was published which concluded that rates of diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer and high-blood pressure were up to twice as high among Americans aged between 55 and 64 as among English people of the same age group.[17] Between 1997 and 2007 Lindsey Hughes was a Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.[18] In May 2009 a major report on the health risks posed by global warming co-authored by Mark Maslin, the director of the Environment Institute, was published.[19] In January 2010 Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway of the History Department discovered fragments of the Gregorian Codex, an important Roman law code that previously had been thought lost forever.[20]

Departments[edit]

The Faculty currently comprises the following departments:[21]

  • UCL Department of Anthropology
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • UCL Department of Economics
  • UCL Department of Geography
  • UCL History Department
  • Department of History at UCL SSEES
  • UCL History of Art Department
  • UCL Department of Political Science
  • Department of Social Sciences at UCL SSEES

Research[edit]

The Faculty is closely involved with the following research centres and institutes:

  • AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity
  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Centre for Applied Archaeology
  • Centre for Ecology and Evolution
  • Centre for the Economics of Education
  • Centre for Economic Research on Ageing
  • Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies
  • Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice
  • Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy
  • Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration
  • Centre for Transnational History
  • Climate & Water Research Unit
  • Coastal & Estuarine Research Unit
  • The Constitution Unit
  • Environmental Change Research Centre
  • Environment Institute
  • ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution
  • Global Denim Project
  • International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology
  • Urban Laboratory

Rankings[edit]

In the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UCL is ranked joint 51st-75th in the world (and joint 6th in Europe) for Social Sciences.[22]

In the 2013 QS World University Rankings, UCL is ranked 22nd in the world (and 6th in Europe) for Social Sciences & Management.[23]

In the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UCL is ranked 17th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Economics and Econometrics,[24] 7th in the world (and 5th in Europe) for Geography & Area Studies,[25] 32nd in the world (and 13th in Europe) for History,[26] 47th in the world (and 12th in Europe) for Politics and International Studies,[27] and 47th in the world (and 9th in Europe) for Statistics & Operational Research.[28]

In the 2012-2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UCL is 11th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for Social Sciences.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "People". UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "UCL Review 2009". University College London. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Academic Units of UCL". University College London. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "London and the early history of economics and statistics". Institute for Fiscal Studies. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Biography of Alexander Maconochie". ACT Corrective Services. Retrieved 11 November 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "A Very Brief History of the Department". UCL Department of Geography. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "History of the Department". UCL History of Art Department. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Obituary: Sir Ernst Gombrich OM". The Telegraph. 6 November 2001. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Box, Joan Fisher (1978). R. A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist. New York: Wiley. 
  10. ^ "Obituary: Professor Ian R. Christie". The Independent. 5 December 1998. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Professor Peter Ucko". The Independent. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Professor Sir Rees Davies". The Telegraph. 25 May 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "The merger and the man". The Guardian. 22 October 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Sift, stir and reconstitute". Times Higher Education. 25 July 1997. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Blessings of union". Times Higher Education. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Famine link to girl births". BBC News. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  17. ^ "We are healthier than US, but the weight gap may be closing". The Times. 3 May 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Obituary: Lindsey Hughes". The Guardian. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "Professor Anthony Costello: climate change biggest threat to humans". The Times. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Cracking the codex: Long lost Roman legal document discovered". The Independent. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "Academic Departments by Faculty". University College London. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Social Science - 2013". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2013 - Social Sciences and Management". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Economics and Econometrics". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Geography". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - History". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Politics and International Studies". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Politics and International Studies". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "Top 50 Social Sciences universities 2012-13". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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