See below for a repository of key facts and statistics about UCL.
UCL key facts and stats
Disruptive thinking has been the status quo since 1826.
- 1st in England to welcome students of any religion or social background.
- 1st in England to welcome women to university education.
- 1st in England to teach English, German, Chemistry, Engineering.
- A brave and progressive approach that has continued to this day.
- 1st in England to have a fully open access university press.
We are amongst the best in the world
- 8th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023)
- 4th in Europe
- 4th in the UK
Academic excellence is where we excel.
- 30 Nobel laureates
- 11 academic faculties
- 51,000 students (in 2023)
- 16,000 staff (in 2023)
- 2nd in UK for research power (REF 2021)
- 430 undergraduate programmes
- 150+ nationalities represented by student body
- 720 postgraduate programmes
We lead the field across a wide range of faculties.
- Arts & Humanities
- Brain Sciences
- Built Environment
- Engineering Sciences
- IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
- Life Sciences
- Mathematical & Physical Sciences
- Medical Sciences
- Population Health Sciences
- Social & Historical Sciences
We work together across disciplines to solve the world's biggest problems.
- An interdisciplinary approach.
- A wide span of subject areas gives fresh perspective.
- Develop sophisticated multi-faceted solutions to the world's most complex challenges - Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Human Wellbeing, Cultural Understanding, Transformational Technology, Justice and Equality.
Our community sits at the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities.
- In the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district – traditionally a place for rebels and innovators - and now also present in east London with the new UCL East campus.
- At the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, a consortium of over 90 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations.
- Close to a wealth of academic resources – museums and libraries, academic and professional bodies, theatres, hospitals and medical institutes.
- Close collaboration and partnerships with leading organizations and iconic institutes – such as the British Library, British Museum, RIBA, Zoological Society of London, Institute of Physics, the BBC, the Wellcome Trust, etc.
- Also perfectly placed to foster enterprise and business partnerships (including through UCL Innovation & Enterprise)
A network connected across the globe.
- 350,000 alumni in 190 countries
- 55% international students
- 34% international staff
- Partnerships with institutions worldwide
We are continually making an impact on the world we live in.
Some of our top projects and discoveries include the following:
- Supported by the Princess of Wales we are working to discover how early life experiences shape the human brain.
- UCL students have won the Hult prize with a business idea aiming to alleviate food poverty in South-East Asia.
- UCL researchers have found first evidence of a supermassive black hole using the Event Horizon telescope.
- UCL spinout Freeline Therapeutics is taking ground-breaking gene research from UCL, with the aim of developing it into a potentially life-changing treatment for people with Haemophilia B.
We are creating campuses equipped for the future.
- £1.25 billion invested in transforming UCL facilities.
- Brand new campus UCL East is home to new degree programmes, research, innovation, and technologies.
- The new Student Centre opened its doors in 2019 – an essential space to think, explore, collaborate, discover and challenge.
- We teach our students how to think, not what to think.
- We are investing £281.6 million into a new purpose-built biomedical facility which will house over 500 scientists from across UCL's neuroscience community.
We are ensuring financial stability and enjoying competitive dramatic growth.
- Total income of £1.75bn (2021-22)
- Three main sources of income: research funding, tuition fees, and government & other funding.
- Dramatic growth in all 3 income areas (listed above) - + 102% in 10 years (from 2012 to 2022)