Institute of Archaeology


1 Welcome to UCL

Welcome to UCL - published for 2023-24

UCL Students welcome event 2021 (Image copyright: James Tye https://jamestye.com/)

1.1 Provost’s Welcome 

Dear students, 

A warm welcome to those of you who are new and congratulations on making UCL your university of choice. To those of you returning, welcome back.   
Your UCL education will take you deep into your chosen field and give you its broader context in our rich multidisciplinary academic culture. It will help you develop skills and networks to prepare you for your future.   
We want you to learn how to think, not what to think, through UCL’s research-based approach to education. Our students are our partners and contributors, working alongside world-leading academic staff to pursue excellence, break boundaries and make an impact on global challenges.   
I warmly encourage you to shape your journey at UCL. Take our university-wide surveys and work in partnership with academics to make your programme of study even better.  Each programme also has opportunities for you to volunteer as an academic representative to work closely with your department to improve the student experience.

This is an exciting time to make your voice heard, with our recently opened campus at UCL East and work underway on implementing our 2022-2027 strategic plan for education. Preparations have also begun on marking UCL’s bicentennial in 2026 and our student partners will be involved in planning an inspiring programme of events to celebrate this landmark anniversary.

UCL is a community of great minds. You are a valuable member of that community. I hope you will take every opportunity to shape your time with us, so that your experience is the best possible.   

The Institute of Archaeology can also help with any queries, particularly questions about your programme or modules: