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Message from the Director, Professor Rosalind Smyth

Professor Rosalind Smyth

Welcome to UCL and the Institute of Child Health (ICH)!

In everything we do, we try to uphold UCL's values: commitment to excellence and advancement on merit; fairness and equality; diversity; collegiality and community-building; inclusiveness; openness; ethically acceptable standards of conduct; fostering innovation and creativity; developing leadership and environmental sustainability.

At the end of 2014, we learned the results of the assessment, known as the Research Excellence Framework, where ICH research performance was assessed as part of the UCL submission in comparison with other UK medical schools and faculties of medicine.  Our research was assessed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. We also submitted an impressive 15 impact case studies – about which you can read further details on the UCL REF2014 pages-ICH.

We are clearly delighted with this external quality assurance of our research performance and look forward to building on this to realise the benefits of our academic strategy during the course of 2015 and beyond.

At ICH we offer an extensive range of masters programmes and short and taster courses relevant to child health. These courses are excellent examples of "research-led teaching" where our world-class scientists deliver state-of-the-art lectures and these educational programmes continue to expand.

I hope you will enjoy browsing these pages and learning more about our work.

Professor Rosalind Smyth CBE FMedSci
Director, UCL Institute of Child Health

The Institute of Child Health (ICH) which, together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), forms the largest concentration of children’s health research in Europe.

The inspirational mission of the UCL Institute of Child Health is to:"improve the health and well-being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement".

The academic strategy of ICH is focused on five scientific programmes and one cross-cutting theme:

ICH Academic Programmes

Four principles underpin these programmes:

Key principles

Research-led teaching

Building on the strengths provided by the academic programmes, we promote research-based education. We aim to attract the best basic and clinical scientists who are interested in pursuing careers in child health related disciplines. Our educational offerings are tailored to their needs. We are also offering vocational courses in paediatric specialties that are designed to attract and educate clinicians, healthcare scientists and allied health professionals in all aspects of child health and paediatrics.

Our collaborations and partnerships

The cross-fertilisation and application of child health expertise at UCL is coordinated through the UCL Institute of Child Health. Read more about our partnerships.

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ICH as part of UCL

ICH building

The Institute is part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences (FPHS), within UCL's School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS).

Read more about the Faculty and School

Support Services at ICH

ICH Balcony

External organisations can access much of the expertise found within the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH.

Read more on our support services

Support Our Work 


Details about donating and fundraising to support our research programme. 

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Please visit UCL's Job Search page for information on the latest vacancies within child health.

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