UCL: London's global university

  • First English university to admit women as full degree students
  • First English university to admit students of all beliefs and ethnicities
  • 210 clubs and societies with 18,000 memberships sold
  • 49% of the student body volunteer on external community projects (2011-12)
  • Students from 150 countries and 100 staff nationalities
  • 20% of students study abroad as part of their degree
  • 21 modern languages taught at UCL
  • Central London location

Entrepreneurs with the ability to innovate

UCL defines an entrepreneur as an individual with the imagination, skills and drive to identify and implement an idea - to take a project through from the planning stages to final success. Our students take up this challenge in many different ways, both within and outside the classroom.

UCL students benefit from a range of opportunities to explore and develop their entrepreneurial side.


Whether they want to stage a production at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre or develop and implement a business plan through the Entrepreneurs' Challenge, they can draw on advice, support and funding from sources across UCL.

For those who ambitions are focused on the business world, there's a thriving, student-led Entrepreneurs Society, as well as the UCL Careers Service, which provides a full and challenging programme of training.

The university is increasingly committed to promoting social entrepreneurship and is exploring ways in which individuals can be supported to grow their community projects into independent charities and NGOs. Our students have seized this opportunity, with several already far advanced in their planning.

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Each year, UCL students take part in the London Entrepreneur's Challenge: a workplace programme and business plan competition


The Entrepreneurs' Challenge shows student participants the process of starting a business by helping them do it for themselves.

"My favourite part of Entrepreneurs' Challenge was meeting so many new people who shared a common interest in business. The excitement of setting up a new venture made communication easy and pleasant. Our team eventually won the prize for the best UCL / London Business School collaboration.

Threegoodmeals.com is a nutritional analysis website. It aims to support clients' healthy living ambitions by analysing their shopping lists: obtained from their store loyalty cards.

I think everyone who took part can now confidently build a viable business model and present it to the market. London Entrepreneur's Challenge is one of the best enterprises to have come out of UCL as it prepares students to use their academic skills in the world of business. "

Dina Reznikova
BA Politics and East European Studies

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UCL students are highly active in international movements for change


"Global health equity is, we believe, one of the most pressing issues of our time and this year we have dedicated ourselves to education and advocacy. We run many projects ranging from teaching sex education in inner city schools to signing students up to the bone marrow register.

In October 2008, Medsin UCL hosted the annual national concerence with a theme of 'Power and Politics in Global Health'. We brought together over 450 students from across the UK to discuss and debate questions of society, global governance and equality.

This year has also seen the launch of our global health magazine, Perspectives. Drawing together stuednts from across UCL, we invite articles, reviews and contributions on global health."

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