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20/10/04
Stars Back University Appeal
- UCL aims for UKP300 million to fund research

COLDPLAY and comedian Ricky Gervais have backed a huge fund-raising campaign by University College London (UCL).

Comedian Gervais and the soft-rock band have past links with the University, which leads the world in a number of fields and which was named Britain's best - ahead of Oxford and Cambridge - in a recent Sunday Times survey.

UCL hope to raise UKP300 million, a figure it says is the biggest ever in British university history. Among the projects it plans to fund are an ear
research institute, a spinal repair unit and a museum featuring works by artists such as Constable, Rembrandt and Turner.


"This campaign will enable UCL, a real British success story, to enjoy the kind of resources to enable us to compete with the world's very best academic institutions," said UCL provost Professor Malcolm Grant.




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