UCL 2034


Addressing global challenges: review of progress (2015–16)

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The breadth and depth of UCL’s research expertise underpins our capacity to fulfil our mission as London’s Global University.

In addition to ensuring that we maintain our excellent research within established disciplines, we also form cross-disciplinary teams from across UCL, whose diverse expertise enables them to develop novel insights into the profound, complex and systemic problems facing humanity. 

We aim to devise practical, equitable and sustainable solutions in collaboration with those best positioned to implement them: policymakers, practitioners, businesses, community groups and others.

This distinctive cross-disciplinary approach has become deeply embedded in our university’s research culture. It has been further strengthened by the expansion of both the UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL Research Domains. 

The development of UCL East also exemplifies our commitment to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and how global problems are solved. 

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)


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Beating dementia with the Breakthrough Prize

A $3 million prize has been awarded to support Professor John Hardy in his research.

UCL Institute of Education awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The UCL Institute of Education has been recognised for its world-leading contribution.

New Grand Challenges

We have added Transformative Technologies and Justice & Equality to our programme.

UCL Institute of Advanced Studies opens

The institute brings together humanities and social sciences to tackle global challenges.  

Countdown to the Sustainable Development Goals

We held a conference bringing generations together to address the UN’s aim of eradicating poverty.

Expanding our research domains

The Environment and eResearch join our existing domains. 

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