Institute of Child Health

Athena Swan

Welcome to UCL Institute of Child Health


Welcome to the UCL 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 joint institution is to:

Improve the health and well-being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement

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 outstanding results were as follows: 

  • UCL enjoys the greatest amount of 4* (“world leading”) research in Panel A, covering medicine and biological sciences, much of which is conducted in collaboration with our partner hospitals.
  • ICH staff from four programmes (GGM, DBC, DN and IIIP) were submitted to the Clinical Medicine Unit of Assessment (1), representing about a quarter of UCL staff returned to this UoA.  Here 80% of UCL’s research was assessed as either world-leading (43%) or internationally excellent (37%).  For research power UCL came TOP in this Unit of Assessment, with 12.9 % of the overall market share. 
  • Our staff from PPP were almost all submitted to the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Unit of Assessment (2), again representing a sizeable proportion of the staff returned.  Here 81% of UCL’s research was assessed as either world-leading (46%) or internationally excellent (35%).  For research power UCL came SECOND in the UK, with 12.9% of overall market share. 
  • To these two sub-panels, ICH submitted an impressive 15 impact case studies – about which you can read further details on the UCL REF2014 pages.

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.

I hope you will enjoy browsing these pages and learning more about the work of UCL’s Institute of Child Health.

Professor Rosalind Smyth CBE FMedSci
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH