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Is the student movement losing momentum?

Pi looks back at how the anti-cuts movement has developed since the National Day of Action; pg 7

Est. 1945 | PI April 2011

Economics lecturer under investigation for transcript leak

Louisa McGillicuddy

UCL has launched an investigation into a lecturer accused of releasing hundreds of student records to a member of the public.

The college is looking into Dr

Beatriz Armendariz, a senior lecturer in the Economics department, for the unauthorised dissemination of student transcripts, a Pi investigation has revealed. In February 2008, Dr Armendariz

is alleged to have released over 650 full undergraduate transcripts to a non-UCL party who has since tried to sell the databases on for marketing purposes. The data concerns the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 graduating classes of Economics students. Each document contains more information than a typical academic transcript, including the student’s full name, A level results, fee status, country of residence, individual module marks, and final degree classification. Dr Armendariz, who has worked

at UCL since 1996, was given access to the transcripts as part of an internal project she was commissioned to do by the Economics Department in 2008. However, Dr Armendariz

unofficially enlisted the help of her partner at the time, Al Lewis, to help create the report. Lewis resides in the US and has no affiliation with UCL. In an email obtained by Pi dated the 27th of February 2008, Dr Armendariz writes to Lewis: ‘Here are the 2004 and the 2005 graduates. All we need to do with these is to produce exactly (please: exactly) the same slides we produced for the 2006 and 2005 graduates. And we will take it from there.’ Lewis said of his role in the

report, ‘I did the lion’s share, the sorting, the analysis on Excel. I wrote it up in what I thought was a good way - hypothesis, tests done, conclusions - the way one would do a research project. She then rewrote it.’

Story continues on pg 3

Another blow to the arts Students respond angrily to English

department’s one-to-one tutorial cuts; pg 3

Provost’s ‘trade mission’ to the Middle East comes under fire

Helen Swire

UCL has been the centre of another controversy as the university’s Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant, was criticised for accompanying the Prime Minister David Cameron and various arms dealers on a tour of the Middle East.

The ‘trade mission’ included visits to Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Oman. Nearly a third of businessmen were from the defence or aerospace industry. As well as attracting criticism

from Green Peace and Amnesty International, the trip has raised concerns closer to the university. The latest UCL Occupation listed as one

of its demands that ‘Grant issue a statement apologising for his presence on the tour and condemning the sale of arms to regimes that abuse human rights and quash dissent.’ A representative of the

occupation told Pi: ‘Malcolm Grant’s recent tour of the Middle East with David Cameron and arms manufacturers, amongst other business CEOs, was utterly inappropriate for the provost and president of a university.’ Story continues on pg 3


UCLU election farce

Pi finds a 2011 candidate guilty of manifesto plagiarism; pg 6

Social Mobility Matt Ponsford investigates the class divide at university; pg 10

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Andrew Wagstaff goes to see the latest production from UCL alum; pg 16

The end for

Berlusconi? Nick Kostov reports from Rome on the disgraced PM; pg 21

The science of stress Lucy Carty examines the neurological side of stress, just in time for exams; pg 24

Student democracy? Yisroel Greenberg comments on the shortcomings of student politics; pg 28

The FA must be radical Sports blogger George Baggaley advises the FA on much-needed shake- ups; pg 30

No. 33


Michael Dobbs Pi Politics talks to

the bestselling ‘peer with a pen’; pg 20

Review: Frankenstein The classic novel

is revitalised in

Danny Boyle’s return to the stage; pg 14

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