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UCL is among the world's top universities, as reflected in performance in a range of rankings and tables.
UCL has thousands of academic and research staff working at the forefront of their fields of enquiry.
|UCL Arts & Humanities||180.9|
|UCL Brain Sciences||
|UCL Built Environment||215.6|
|UCL Engineering Sciences||
UCL Life Sciences
UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences
UCL Medical Sciences
UCL Population Health Sciences
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
|UCL Social & Historical Sciences||348.2|
|FTE total (October 2014)||
Independent assessment ranks UCL's research among the best.
UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published in December 2014, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted.
UCL researchers received a ‘grade point average’ of 3.22 (out of 4) and submitted over 2,500 staff to be assessed in REF2014, giving UCL an overall research power greater than both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
Other highlights of REF2014 for UCL include:
- 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
- UCL has the largest amount of academic research activity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics);
- UCL has the strongest research power and share of 4* research in Panel C, covering social sciences, and overtaking both Oxford University and the LSE for the first time;
- UCL Economics, UCL Psychology & Language Sciences, UCL Neuroscience, the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, the UCL Institute of Education, UCL Chemistry and UCL Computer Science are among the university’s top research performers;
- UCL received a ‘grade point average’ of 3.54 (out of 4) regarding the real-world impact of its research, placing it among the top comprehensive universities rated.
Competitively won research grants and contracts account for more than a third of UCL’s income.
Income – 2014/2015
|Research grants and contracts||£427.5m|
|Academic fees and support grants||£364.2m|
|Funding council grants||£187.4m|
|Other operating income||£194.5m|
Endowment income and interest receivable
There has been at least one Nobel Laureate who is or was a student or academic at UCL every decade since the establishment of the Nobel Prizes in 1901.
As befits London’s Global University, almost half of our 29 Nobel Laureates were born outside the UK, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Sweden and the USA. Indeed, we have more Nobel Laureates than were born in any single country other than France, Germany, the USA and the UK.
- 1904 Chemistry: Sir William Ramsay
- 1913 Literature: Rabindranath Tagore
- 1915 Physics: Sir William Henry Bragg
- 1921 Chemistry: Frederick Soddy
- 1922 Physiology or Medicine: Archibald Vivian Hill
- 1928 Physics: Owen Willans Richardson
- 1929 Physiology or Medicine: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins
- 1936 Physiology or Medicine: Sir Henry Hallett Dale
- 1936 Physiology or Medicine: Otto Loewi
- 1938 Physiology or Medicine: Corneille Jean Francois Heymans
- 1944 Chemistry: Otto Hahn
- 1947 Chemistry: Sir Robert Robinson
- 1955 Chemistry: Vincent du Vigneaud
- 1959 Chemistry: Jaroslav Heyrovský
- 1960 Physiology or Medicine: Peter Brian Medawar
- 1962 Physiology or Medicine: Francis Harry Compton Crick
- 1963 Physiology or Medicine: Andrew Fielding Huxley
- 1967 Chemistry: George Porter (Baron Porter of Luddenham)
- 1970 Physiology or Medicine: Bernard Katz
- 1970 Physiology or Medicine: Ulf Svante von Euler
- 1988 Physiology or Medicine: Sir James Black
- 1991 Physiology or Medicine: Bert Sakmann
- 2000 Economics Sciences: James Heckman
- 2001 Physiology or Medicine: Sir Paul Nurse
- 2007 Physiology or Medicine: Sir Martin Evans
- 2009 Physics: Sir Charles Kao
- 2013 Physics: Peter Higgs
- 2013 Physiology or Medicine: James Rothman
- 2014 Physiology or Medicine: John O'Keefe
A further 11 UCL Honorary Graduates or Honorary Fellows have been awarded Nobel Prizes:
- 1962 Physiology or Medicine: James Watson
- 1991 Physiology or Medicine: Erwin Neher
- 1995 Physiology or Medicine: Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
- 1995 Peace: Joseph Rotblat
- 1996 Chemistry: Sir Harold Kroto
- 1998 Physiology or Medicine: Robert F Furchgott
- 2000 Physiology or Medicine: Eric R Kandel
- 2000 Economic Sciences: Daniel L McFadden
- 2001 Physiology or Medicine: Tim Hunt
- 2002 Physiology or Medicine: Sydney Brenner
- 2008 Peace: Marti Ahtissari
- 2015 Economic Sciences: Angus Deaton
Our current academic community includes 56 Fellows of the Royal Society, 51 Fellows of the British Academy, 15 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 121 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
UCL Library Services hosts an online exhibition about nine of the university’s Fellows of the Royal Society.
This novel scheme supports researchers whose ideas have transformational potential.
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