UCL Campaign


It’s All Academic Campaign heats up

25 July 2019

This summer, we've marked some key milestones in the campaign including exceeding £500 million raised since 2016, accumulating over 180,000 volunteer hours and the unveiling of UCL’s Donor Wall to recognise the university’s key philanthropic partnerships.

UCL Portico with It's All Academic Campaign flags

At the heart of the It’s All Academic campaign are the people and organisations who are giving their time and donating gifts to UCL. Their generosity is driving research forward, supporting students and ensuring UCL’s great minds can change the world. Over the last few months, we’ve had the privilege of celebrating the impact the campaign has had with a few of these incredible people, both here on campus and across the globe at events in the US, Malaysia and Singapore.  

Below are a few highlights from the last quarter.

UCL announces hitting £525 million target
UCL unveils Donor Wall as fundraising campaign hits £525 million

Over 260 guests including UCL academics, staff and the generous donors who support the university gathered to witness the unveiling of a new Donor Wall, which celebrates the philanthropic partnerships that bring UCL to life.

Queens Square buildings, institute of neurology and leonard wolfson centre for experimental neurology
UCL research into genetic therapies for dementia boosted by £5m donation

A new programme to test promising genetic therapies for neurodegenerative and dementia-causing diseases such as Alzheimer’s will be launched at UCL thanks to a £5m donation by the Sigrid Rausing Trust.


Sir Peter Wood CBE
UCL Cancer Institute receives a £1.875m gift from Sir Peter Wood CBE

UCL Cancer Institute's lifesaving work has been bolstered by a £1.875 million donation from Sir Peter Wood CBE that will fund vital research, equipment and educational opportunities.

UCL East groundbreaking with UCL Provost Professor Michael Arthur, Academic Director Paola Lettieri and UCL Estates Kevin Argent
Construction at UCL East begins

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, broke ground at UCL East as construction begins on the pioneering new campus.

Scott Davies by a lighthouse
Transforming the fight against leukaemia with UCL CAR T-cell immunotherapy trials

“The main thing I’ve gotten from this trial is a chance to live life again, and to start doing things I love to do again." Scott Davies speaks about the vital cancer treatment trials taking place at the UCL Cancer Institute.

Luna Irshaid
Giving the gift of time: Luna Irshaid

From mentoring the latest group of graduates through their next career steps to chairing the first Arab alumni association at UCL, we celebrated the hard work of alumni volunteer Luna Irshaid during Volunteers Week.

More on the Campaign

In September 2016, UCL launched It’s All Academic – its biggest ever philanthropy and engagement Campaign to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteer hours for world-impacting research, far-reaching student support and transformative capital projects. By the end of July 2019, the Campaign total has reached £535 million and 180,000 volunteer hours.
Discover more about the campaign, what it supports and how to get involved here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/about-campaign