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London's Global University: implementation plan

To achieve the main objectives of this principal theme, we have set out a high-level implementation plan that includes the following priorities:

  • set out our strategy for UCL's partnership with and benefit for London, reflecting the breadth and depth of our outstanding research, our engagement with London’s leading sectors and our contribution to evidence-based policy
  • develop our approach to working with businesses in London, the UK and globally to maintain and grow investment in research in London and the UK, in particular recognising long-standing UCL links with Japan and the importance of the global pharmaceutical industry
  • build on our commitment to London’s core professions by leveraging and improving our support, resources, research and education to ensure our city has the skills and talent to thrive and contribute to national and global wellbeing and prosperity
  • use our Green UCL strategy to develop new ways of working with partners in our neighbourhoods that address issues such as air quality, public space and our accessibility, demonstrating UCL’s leadership by example
  • establish UCL East as a new campus, complementing our presence in Bloomsbury, located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and starting with our presence at Here East
  • develop and deliver programmes to support entrepreneurship among our staff and students, leading to the creation of new companies and businesses in London. 
  • deliver a series of inspiring and engaging internal and external programmes that bring together and communicate to a wide and diverse audience the breadth and depth of UCL’s contribution to London using our spaces and opportunities such as the re-opened Bloomsbury Theatre   
  • publish the UCL Innovation and Enterprise Strategy to guide our engagement with businesses and innovation partners and the leadership of London
  • extend our partnerships in the Knowledge Quarter through activities such as the Science and Innovation Audit to explore the greater collective potential of our neighbourhood in Bloomsbury.

UCL’s work for London is led by a broad range of academics and professional members of staff. These are:

Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London)

Celia leads UCL’s Innovation and Enterprise department and is driving UCL’s understanding of its roles in London. As a member of the Mayor of London’s Local Economic Action Panel (LEAP) and a member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) London Council, she works closely with senior stakeholders across London.

Dr Andrew Brown, Pro-Vice-Provost (London)

Andrew Brown is responsible for the delivery of UCL’s London Strategy and works closely with the London Champions and our London professional team to identify opportunities for UCL to change our city for the better.

Andrew has extensive personal and professional experience in London. He previously served as UCL’s Interim Director of the Institute of Education and as Pro-Vice-Provost for Enterprise, roles that have seen him engage extensively with London’s leadership, local authorities and education sector. He has lived for much of his life in close proximity to the site of UCL’s new campus, UCL East, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

London Champions

UCL has brought together 20 leading academic and professional members of staff from across the university, from every faculty and professional department, to become our London Champions.

The London Champions will work together, combining their leading-edge expertise to produce collaborative, pioneering and multidisciplinary solutions, spanning the range of UCL’s strengths, to London’s challenges.

Next steps

Updates will appear here in due course. For any enquiries, please contact the UCL 2034 London Strategy team at ucl.london2034@ucl.ac.uk.  

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