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Why Study at the Ear Institute

The Ear Institute contains arguably the greatest breadth of auditory scientists housed in a single institution in the world. This multi-disciplinary environment provides a unique chance to undertake research and receive world class training in state-of-the-art techniques. Interacting with different specialities is encouraged, providing greater opportunities for career development.

The UCL Ear Institute opened in 2005, as a result of a major Wellcome Trust grant to fund the building and equipping of the Centre for Auditory Research (CAR) which is situated on Gray's Inn Road next door to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH). A critical feature of the Institute’s design is its emphasis on interaction between the different research groups that occupy the CAR building and clinicians from the adjoining RNTNEH. This interactive approach allows for a modern, multi-disciplinary research programme. Our research covers virtually all aspects of modern auditory research; projects extend from basic investigations in biophysics, cell biology and genetics, through to electrophysiology and computational neuroscience and cochlear implantation surgery and outcomes.

Most of our laboratories are housed in the CAR building, although some laboratory facilities are based in the RNTNEH. Reflecting the historical links with the RNTNEH, recent appointments to the Ear Institute include new Professorial Chairs in Audiovestibular Medicine, Neuro-otology and Laryngology, complementing an existing Chair in Rhinology. Links with the RNTNEH are such that patient access and recruitment is allied to research projects and facilitated by clinician-academics. What makes the Ear Institute exceptional is the interaction between these laboratories and scientists to create research that is both novel and distinct. This was reflected in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008) in which 70% of all academic staff of the Ear Institute’s unit of assessment were rates 4* or 3*.

UCL Ear Institute is a great place to be a student - here are some of the reasons why: