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

Prepared to assume leadership roles: in the family, the community and the workplace

UCL considers that there are many different ways in which individuals can show leadership. We aim, through the course that we offer and the environment that we provide, to give students opportunities to develop their leadership skills in the ways that best suit their own aptitudes, interests and ambitions.

The UCL StARs programme


It is important that the student voice is heard across the university, and particular in relation to the teaching that we provide. Students have the opportunity to become StARs - academic representatives within their departments - providing information and feedback to the faculty on behalf of their peers and also shaping the delivery of the learning experience.

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UCL Union Clubs and Societies


By taking on a presidency of a club or society, or an executive officer position at the UCL Union, students learn about responsibility, delegation and commitment. Union society officers are active in a range of fields, from sport and arts to politics and debating. Executive officers take on one of a range of Union portfolios, and are instrumental in the application of democracy within the student body, working on issues of welfare, equal opportunities, ethics and the environment.

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Activism and Campaigning


A UCL education encourages students to develop informed opinions, and to take responsibility for making their voices heard - both in and outside the classroom. Our students are prepared to lead by example, to articulate their views and to take a stand on issues that matter to them. This activism, focused through Union societies, or organised independently, is a form of collectivel, collaborative leadership that enables individuals to influence, persuade and inform others about issues that really matter in today's world.



Undergraduate students at UCL can get involved in teaching through our tutors and mentors schemes, and through the Student Associates Schemes. Doctoral students can become involved with the national Researchers in Residence scheme, and often teach undergraduates while studying. Teaching experience gives a rounded view of a career in schools or as an academic, and helps individuals to diversify their skills, including in leadership.

"During my doctoral studies, I ran a voluntary seminar series on world literature for postgraduate students. The course was conceived by Professor Theo Hermans, Head of UCL Comparative Literature. By introducing students to world literature in theory and practice, we hoped to give them an enhanced sense of what it means to be a reader in a world which is larger than the sum of its nations. Identifying the teachers for each class was difficult, but only because there are so many excellent and enthusiastic researchers at UCL working on intercultural subjects. Another enjoyable challenge was that we, are seminar leaders, were simultaneously students: facilitating the teaching of literatures from all ends of the Earth meant that some texts and traditions were also new to us. Over two terms, accompanied by the most curious minds, we travelled continents and millennia in order to discover how the world's literatures have addressed questions of culture. The series was very popular - even PhD students attended - and was incorporated more permanently into the MA timetable the following year. This was an extremely satisfying project, and we noticed an expansion not only in the students' cultural horizons, but also in our own."

Dr Gesche Ipsen
UCL Comparative Literature

The UCL Student Careers Rep Programme


Students from every department in UCL have particular requirements with regard to skill development and career planning. To ensure that activities offered are those which students feel would be most useful, UCL Careers Service runs a Student Careers Rep (SCR) Programme. The SCRs from individual departments work with academic staff and their departmental careers adviser to ensure that needs across the department are being met. Becoming an SCR enables individuals to assume a leadership role within their faculty as well as helping to enhance the student experience of their peers.   

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