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UCL Induction - About UCL


Banner - About UCL

UCL was founded in 1826, making it one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK and the first to be established in London. We are a multi-disciplinary university with an international reputation for the quality of our research and teaching and were ranked fourth in the QS World University Rankings in October 2012.

UCL’s Vision and Values

UCL aims to retain it’s place as a world leading university and to do so in a way embeds our values in all that we do. Details, of our stated mission, our vision, our values, our guiding principles and the challenges which we face can be found here.

  • UCL 2034
    A twenty year strategy for UCL

  • UCL Grand Challenges
    UCL Grand Challenges - which include Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing - is the mechanism through which concentrations of specialist expertise across UCL and beyond can be brought together to address aspects of the world's key problems. It also provides an environment in which researchers are encouraged to think about how their work can intersect with and impact upon global issues.

UCL Key Facts and Figures

UCL is one of the largest universities in the UK, with over 10 000 staff and 26 000 students, organised into three Schools, ten Faculties and supported by our Professional Services team.

The History of UCL

For almost 200 years UCL has played a prominent role within London and within the UK. The following link tell the UCL story to-date.

Education, Research and Impact



Local and Global Impact


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