UCL 2034


Academic leadership grounded in intellectual excellence: review of progress (2015–16)

Case studies for this principal theme

UCL enjoys a world-class academic reputation. The aim of UCL 2034 is to ensure that we sustain this excellence well into the 21st century.

This has driven us to re-examine what academic leadership means in today’s world, and how we support those at the peak of their career as well as those on the verge of great things.

The evolving role of a university demands that we expand our definition of academic leaders. They may be individuals whose distinction is recognised by longstanding accolades, such as our new British Academy and Royal Society Fellows. 

But they may also be those who devise and deliver novel forms of academic enquiry or engagement to enhance our contribution to society – our recently appointed academic leads for UCL East, for example. 

I am proud to present a selection of the facets of academic leadership at UCL below, and this inspiring review of progress towards UCL 2034 over the past year.

UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur


The Fishing Hut by Níall McLaughlin Architects © Nick Kane

Case studies

UCL professors elected academy fellows

Seven academics have been recognised for their outstanding contributions. 

Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

A new era in planetary exploration has begun with a technique developed by UCL scientists.  

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour opens

Our partnership will lead neuroscience in an exciting new phase.

Creation of Institute of Immunology and Transplantation

The foremost centre of its kind in Europe will be built at our Royal Free Campus. 

UCL Bartlett School of Architecture academic wins Stephen Lawrence Prize

A beautiful fishing hut by Professor of Architectural Practice Níall McLaughlin won the prize established in memory of the teenager.

Preventing ovarian cancer

Invasive surgeries could be reduced after a discovery by our Department of Women’s Cancer. 

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