Our research

UCL is one of the most successful UK universities at attracting funding, with an income of more than £1 billion in 2014. UCL research income has risen more than 20% over the past three years to more than £374.5 million in 2014. 

This included receiving the highest allocation of Research Council UK funding and being the UK's top participant in EU collaborative research.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework gave UCL a ‘grade point average’ of 3.54 (out of 4) for the real-world impact of its research, placing it among the top comprehensive universities rated.

Image: Caffeine crystals (right). Credit: Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy (UCL School of Pharmacy)

Progress through partnership

UCL academics are working at the forefront of their disciplines partnering with world-renowned organisations such as Intel, BHP Billiton and NASA and contributing to influential reports for the UN, EU and UK government.

Image: Large Hadron Collider (left). Credit: CERN

Inspired by today's challenges

With dedication and a creative approach, UCL research is helping to address the world's most urgent problems. 

Whether we are designing healthier cities, or grappling with issues such as global health or climate change, the challenges of daily life inspire UCL students and academics. Discover UCL's Grand Challenges.

Explore how UCL Public Policy brings academic expertise to bear on pressing public policy challenges, while UCL Enterprise works to maximise the impact of our research through training, business partnerships and commercialisation. 

Image: GuangMing eco-city (right). Credit: Professor CJ Lim


UCL brings together world-renowned experts, from across the academic spectrum, to tackle complex problems presented by an increasingly interconnected world. Examples include:

  • The UCL Energy Institute harnesses different perspectives and knowledge in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines.
  • The UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) draws on expertise from diverse fields, including literature, art, film, history, politics, geography and philosophy, encouraging innovative approaches to the subject areas.
  • The UCL Cancer Institute unites cancer research at UCL and our partner hospitals. It provides expertise, facilities and services to a large array of research groups housed under one roof.

Find more cross-disciplinary research groups in IRIS.

Image: Paul O'Gorman building (left), home of the UCL Cancer Institute