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 2020)
- 4th in Europe
- 1st in London
Academic excellence is where we excel.
- 29 Nobel laureates
- 11 academic faculties
- 42,100 students
- 13,360 employees
- 1st in UK for research strength (REF 2014)
- 440 undergraduate programmes
- 150+ nationalities represented by student body
- 675 postgraduate programmes
We lead the field across a wide range of faculties.
- Arts & Humanities
- Brain Sciences
- Built Environment
- Engineering Sciences
- Institute of Education
- 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.
- 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.
- 250,000 alumni in 190 countries
- 48% international students
- 29% of our students studied abroad in 2017/18
- 35% international staff
- 150+ Erasmus+ partnerships
- 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 Duchess of Cambridge, we are working to discover how early life experience shape the human brain.
- UCL students have won the Hult prize with a business idea aiming to alleviate food poverty in Southeast Asia.
- UCL researchers have found first evidence of a supermassive black hole using the Event Horizon telescope.
- UCL spinout company Autolus develops and commercialises T-cell therapies for the treatment of different cancers.
We are creating campuses equipped for the future.
- £1.25 billion invested in transforming UCL facilities.
- Brand new campus UCL East will be 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 ensuring financial stability and enjoying competitive dramatic growth.
- £1.45 billion total income in 2017/18
- Main sources of income: research funding, tuition fees, and government and other funding
- Over the past 10 years, dramatic growth of 44% in the income total for these 3 areas