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UCL Standard Information
1. Background Information
UCL is one of the world's top universities. Based in the heart of London, it is a modern, outward-looking institution. At its establishment in 1826, UCL was radical and responsive to the needs of society, and this ethos – that excellence should go hand-in-hand with enriching society – continues today.
UCL's excellence extends across all academic disciplines; from one of Europe's largest and most productive hubs for biomedical science interacting with several leading London hospitals, to world-renowned centres for architecture (UCL Bartlett) and fine art (UCL Slade School).
UCL is in practice a university in its own right, although constitutionally a college within the federal University of London. With an annual turnover exceeding £800 million, it is financially and managerially independent of the University of London.
The UCL community
UCL's staff and former students have included 21 Nobel prizewinners. It is a truly international community: more than one-third of our student body – nearly 27,000 strong – come from 150 countries and nearly one-third of staff are from outside the UK.
UCL offers postgraduate research opportunities in all of its subjects, and provides about 200 undergraduate programmes and more than 400 taught postgraduate programmes. Approximately 45% of the student community is engaged in graduate studies, with about 37% of these graduate students pursuing research degrees.
Quality of UCL's teaching and learning
UCL has the best academic to student ratio of any UK university (The Times, 2013), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support.
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 that were considered of ‘world-leading quality'. The RAE confirmed UCL's multi-disciplinary research strength, with outstanding results achieved across the subjects, ranging from biomedicine, science and engineering and the built environment to laws, social sciences and arts and humanities.
UCL is independently ranked as the most productive research university in Europe (SIR). The Thomson Scientific Citation Index – which catalogues journal articles and citations in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities – shows that UCL is the second most-highly cited European university.
UCL is proud of its longstanding commitment to equality and to providing a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of its diverse members are respected. The Equalities website has everything you need to know about Equalities at UCL and some initiatives are highlighted below:
- Sabbatical Leave following maternity - UCL provides one term of sabbatical leave without teaching commitments for research-active academics returning from maternity, adoption or long-term carer's leave. This support for returners enables staff to more quickly re-establish their research activity.
- Achievement of eight Athena SWAN awards - for good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
- Tackling underrepresentation - UCL has two workforce equality targets. These targets are to increase the employment of black and minority ethnic (BME) support staff in grades 1-8 to 31% in line with the economically active BME population of Greater London; and to incrementally equalise the representation of men and women in senior grades (9 and 10) with the ultimate aim of a 50:50 split of women and men at this level.
- Encouraging flexibility - 82% of respondents to the 2009 UCL staff survey felt that their working time could be flexible. UCL's Work Life Balance policy gives employees the right to request a flexible working pattern.
Location and working environment
Based in Bloomsbury, UCL is a welcoming, inclusive university situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. UCL's central campus is spread across approximately three square kilometres of central London and is within easy reach of Euston, King's Cross and Marylebone mainline stations, the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras and the following Underground stations – Euston Square, Warren Street, Goodge Street and Russell Square. Road connections to the M1 and M40 motorways give easy access.
For more information about UCL's teaching, research, community engagement, achievements and history, please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/about-ucl