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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||
|UCL Brain Sciences||
|UCL Built Environment||355|
|UCL Engineering Sciences||
UCL Life Sciences
UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences
UCL Medical Sciences
UCL Population Health Sciences
|UCL Social & Historical Sciences||621|
|Total (April 2012)||
Independent assessment ranks UCL's research among the best in the world.
architecture, laws, economics, computer science and philosophy are
among the academic disciplines at UCL to have achieved outstanding
results in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, with UCL’s total
number of full-time equivalent staff rated of world-leading quality
third overall in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge.
The RAE assesses the research strength of UK universities, and informs the distribution of public funds to the sector by the nation’s higher education funding bodies. UCL submitted more than 1,800 staff in 49 of the 67 Units of Assessment. In In 43 of our submissions, at least 50% of UCL's quality profile was either 4* (‘of world-leading quality’), or 3* (‘internationally excellent’). The next such exercise will be the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The Thomson Scientific Citation Index – which catalogues journal articles and citations in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities – shows that UCL is the second most-highly cited European university and 15th in the world. It is also the UK university most-cited by health researchers.
Competitively won research grants and contracts account for more than a third of UCL’s income.
Income – 2011/2012
|Research grants and contracts||£300.7m|
|Academic fees and support grants||£208.5m|
|Funding council grants||£198.3m|
|Other operating income||£156.8m|
Endowment income and interest receivable
We have enjoyed exceptional success in competitive bidding for funds from the government’s Joint Infrastructure Fund, the Science Research Investment Fund and the Capital Investment Fund. In total, these funds will have enabled us to invest more than £360 million in state-of-the-art infrastructure, facilitating cutting-edge research across a broad range of disciplines.
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.
The 28 UCL Nobel Laureates (as befits London’s Global University, more than half were born outside England, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Scotland and the USA):
- 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: James Heckman
Physiology or Medicine: Sir Paul Nurse
- 2007 Physiology or Medicine: Sir Martin Evans
- 2009 Physics: Sir Charles Kao
Physics: Peter Higgs
- 2013 Physiology or Medicine: James Rothman
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
Our current academic community includes 33 Fellows of the Royal Society, 28 Fellows of the British Academy, 11 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 81 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.
Read more about the UCL Provost's Venture Research Fellowship.
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