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It’s All Academic Campaign: celebrating our stellar scholars and the alumni who support them

26 March 2019

With the Campaign total nearing the £500 million mark, we recognise the tangible impact the campaign has had since the start of the year.

UCL Quad during the Its All Academic Festival 2018

Students have played centre stage in the It’s All Academic Campaign in the opening few months of 2019, with an inspirational Scholarships Reception on February 13 and unveiling of the brand new, state-of-the-art Student Centre in February.

Students have been a key priority of the Campaign since its launch in 2016 and for good reason UCL students shape our university and the world. What our students then go on to achieve following graduation confirms why it’s so important that UCL continues to invest in the next generation.  

Our incredible alumni continue to prove that investing in students can deliver tangible societal impact. Two alumni have received recognition for the valuable work they do to progress social change in countries including Egypt and Saudi Arabia at the national British Council Alumni Awards. Hong Kong business leader and law alumnus, Victor Chu has also been announced as the new Chair of Council here at UCL and will succeed Dame DeAnne Julius on August 1.

Catch up on all highlights of the Campaign so far this year below.

Read our Winter 2018 update here.

UCL Scholarship Reception
UCL celebrates the gift of education at annual Scholarships Reception

In February 2019, over 200 guests joined UCL staff and students for the annual Scholarships Reception. Guests heard from scholarship recipient Oskar Zieba and COO of Deep Mind, Lila Ibrahim.

Student Centre
UCL unveils its new state-of-the-art student centre

On February 18, a new state-of-the-art student centre - creating a new focal point for student life - was opened to students in the heart of its Bloomsbury campus. It was officially opened by President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur on the 28 February.

Artists Impression of UK DRI
UCL Council approves building of world-class neurology centre

In March, UCL Council gave final approval for a new building that will serve as a hub for the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) and a new home for the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

Maha Helali receives Social Impact Award
UCL alumna wins national British Council Egypt Social Impact Award 2019

We were proud to announce that Maha Helali, a graduate of the UCL Institute of Education, was awarded the Social Impact Award for Egypt at the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in March. 

Victor Chu
Leading international business leader and UCL alumnus announced as UCL’s new Chair of Council

On 14 March, UCL announced the appointment of Victor Chu, a distinguished international business leader and alumnus of the university, as its next Chair of Council, succeeding Dame DeAnne Julius on 1 August 2019.  

2018 University Challenge Team
Rising to the challenge since 1962

Whether you watched religiously or not, University Challenge has become a synonymous part of UK university life. But what was it like for the UCL students who participated in the challenge? In January, three alumni give us a sneak peek behind the scenes.