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Community

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    UCL has outstanding intellectual and cultural resources. A central part of our mission is to make these publicly accessible, and engage with our local community and London as a whole.


    1. Education

    UCL runs several major projects across London with the aim of raising aspiration and attainment in schools and colleges.

    UCL is the sole sponsor of a new non-selective, mixed state secondary academy in the London Borough of Camden. Read more about the UCL Academy.

    Outreach

    UCL Outreach works with groups under-represented in university education, each year:

    • UCL works with more than 20,000 young people, 900 parents, 400 teachers and 140 state schools.
    • 150 student mentors and tutors are placed in London schools to raise aspirations and demystify university life.

    Visit UCL Outreach


    2. Volunteering at UCL

    In 2012-13 UCL students volunteered for 41,500 hours, offering valuable skills and energy to good causes around the city.

    • The Volunteering Services Unit worked with 288 projects across London in 2012-13.
    • Over 1,700 students volunteer through the Volunteering Services Unit – increasing year on year.   

    Visit Volunteering at UCLU


    3. Museums

    UCL has three museums open to the public, which share their extensive and important collections through a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and workshops.

    • The UCL Art Museum contains more than 10,000 objects including paintings.
    • The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses approximately 67,000 specimens.
    • The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects.

    Visit UCL Museums and Collections


    4. Public Events

    Public Engagement

    We are the only London university to be a Beacon of Public Engagement, working with partners to build closer involvement between universities, local communities and the wider public. UCL's Public Engagement Unit has:

    • created partnerships with more than 230 organisations
    • funded more than 90 public engagement projects.

    Visit UCL Public Engagement Unit

    Lunch Hour Lectures

    UCL has held its popular series of Lunch Hour Lectures since 1942, offering an opportunity for anyone to sample the university’s exceptional research work.

    • UCL held 32 Lunch Hour Lectures in 2010-11 with an average audience of 175 people.
    • 48,780 people watched these lectures on YouTube.

    Visit UCL Lunch Hour Lectures

    UCL Volunteers