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Enterprise

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    Since its founding as a joint stock company in 1826, UCL has had an intimate, mutually beneficial relationship with business, most recently exemplified through our co-development of a specialist Master’s programme with Atkins Global, a leading engineering and design consultancy.

    We wanted a course that was robust, rigorous and of a standard that would be recognised internationally, and that’s why we thought of UCL. This is a big leap of faith for us, but UCL is one of the best universities in the world and has credibility within the industrial fraternity, which will ensure that our MSc is truly valuable.

    Bob Hutchison, Technical Director for Atkins Rail Solutions Business

    1. Educating leaders

    53% of working UCL graduates start their career in London, and 33% of them work for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

    UCL has the highest percentage of self-employed graduates among the UK's top ten universities.

    An average of 21 employers per week visited the UCL campus in 2012-2013 to recruit UCL students.

    2. Strengthening enterprise

    UCL SMILE has supported, or is currently offering technical expertise, to small and medium (SME) businesses in 29 out of 32 of London boroughs.


    Our academics provide expert consultancy and training to London businesses, while business partners and dedicated departments foster entrepreneurial awareness among UCL staff.

    In the 2009/10 academic year:

    • UCL generated more than £10 million in research sponsorship from UK industry.
    • Our technology transfer company UCL Business earned more than £4 million in licensing income.
    • We co-funded more than 100 PhD studentships with industry.
    • We currently have 34 active spin-out companies based on UCL intellectual property and in which the university holds shares. Read the case studies

    3. Our targets

    We plan to:

    • stimulate the creation of a £5 million investment fund to support student businesses, and an enterprise sabbatical fund for academic staff to take time out to develop business activities
    • create investment funds of £50 million – with 10% reserved for proof-of-concept funding – to get those businesses started
    • and to support the development of 500 new businesses from the UCL community over the next five years.

    Visit the UCL Enterprise website