Key facts and figures

  • UCL is ranked fourth in the world's top ten universities by the QS World University Rankings (2013). 
  • More than 5,000 academic and research staff at UCL are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards.
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), UCL was rated the best research university in London, and third in the UK overall, for the number of its submissions which were considered of ‘world-leading quality’.
  • UCL has 920 professors, the second highest number of any university in the UK. It also has the joint highest number of female professors.
  • UCL is associated with several major teaching hospitals – such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the Royal Free Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital – which provide Londoners with first-rate healthcare and contribute to major advances in medical research.
  • Our academic community includes 53 Fellows of the Royal Society, 51 Fellows of the British Academy, 15 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 117 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 28 people who are or were students or academics at UCL. The most recent additions, in 2013, were Peter Higgs (Physics) and James Rothman (Physiology or Medicine). 11 UCL Honorary Graduates and Fellows have also been awarded Nobel Prizes.
  • The prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics has been awarded to two former students and one academic.
  • 46% of the nearly 29,000-strong student community is engaged in graduate studies, with more than a third of these graduate students pursuing research degrees.
  • Students from 150 countries study at UCL, making up more than one-third of the student body. See more student statistics.
  • An ever-expanding worldwide network of more than 170,000 UCL alumni, helps to maintain the university’s international reputation for access, innovation and excellence.