About UCL


About UCL

Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 16,000 staff and 50,000 students from over 150 different countries.

We are a diverse community with the freedom and courage to challenge, to question and to think differently.

Through a progressive approach to teaching and research, our world leading academics, curious students and outstanding staff continually pursue excellence, break boundaries and make an impact on real world problems.

WHY UCL: Thinking bigger and disrupting the status quo since 1826

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UCL IMPACT: Annual economic impact comparable to London 2012 Olympics

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Who we are

UCL is a diverse global community of world-class academics, students, industry links, external partners, and alumni. Our powerful collective of individuals and institutions work together to explore new possibilities.

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UCL's vision and impact

Our distinctive approach to research, education and innovation seeks to further inspire our communities to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared, and the way that global problems are solved.

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What UCL has to offer

UCL has always done things differently. As the first English university to champion inclusivity, diversity and open mindedness, we have never been afraid to rethink the norms of education and research. 

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Life at UCL, London

Our position in London brings unique benefits, providing all with access to a wealth of opportunities, and enabling us to contribute to everything that makes it one of the world's greatest cities. Come and discover UCL with our visits and tours.

How UCL works

Find out more about how UCL works - our institutional plans and strategies, faculties, and financial information.

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UCL Annual Review

UCL 2023 reports on progress towards our UCL 2034 strategy, providing key statistics, and highlights of the year. 

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Strategic Plan 2022-25

Our new 5-year plan aims to build on the trajectory established by UCL 2034 and our ambition to be London’s global university. 

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Tackling the big questions of today and tomorrow

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#MadeAtUCL is a campaign which brings to life UCL’s impact on people, lives and communities mainly through our ground-breaking research and discoveries.

Visit Made at UCL and discover our top research stories

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As Generation One, we are providing the science behind the actions that we, our communities and our governments can take for a positive future.

Visit Generation One and pledge your action