Innovation & Enterprise


Governance and policies

See how we meet our responsibilities as a university and a charitable institution, with details about our strategy, policies and performance.

We’re here to help staff and students collaborate with non-academic organisations of all shapes and sizes, turning ideas into solutions that could shape all our futures.

For that to happen, we need to be fully integrated with other departments across UCL and be able to keep its people and its assets protected. We must also be able to prove the effectiveness of our work, taking into account the requirements of our different funding bodies.

Through our governance framework we’re able to meet these responsibilities and demonstrate our commitment to making a difference in the world.

Governance overview 

The Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement), with UCL Innovation & Enterprise, is responsible to the Provost for leading UCL’s strategy for innovation and enterprise. They work collaboratively with the Vice-Deans (Enterprise) to promote an enterprise culture at UCL and increase engagement with businesses and other organisations, for commercial and societal impact.

UCL innovation and enterprise strategy

Read the UCL Innovation and Enterprise Interim Strategy 2021 to 2023 'Transforming Knowledge and Ideas into Action (COVID-19 and beyond)'.

UCL Innovation and Enterprise Committee

The Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement) chairs the UCL Innovation and Enterprise Committee, a sub-committee of UCL Academic Committee, which meets termly. Vice-Deans (Enterprise) are members of this committee.

The terms of reference, membership and meeting dates are available on the UCL committee pages.

Protecting our people and our assets

UCL has a range of policies in place to guide working practices and maintain high standards. Those that relate specifically to innovation and enterprise are included here.

Intellectual property rights (IPR)

Our intellectual property (IP) policy helps staff and students understand their rights and how they apply to copyright, patents and other related forms of intellectual assets. This policy also contains a link to the policy on revenue sharing.

View our Intellectual Property Policy.

Revenue sharing

Our Revenue Sharing Policy outlines how revenue will be distributed when UCL commercialises intellectual property generated by staff and/or students.

View our Revenue Sharing Policy (you'll need your UCL login).

Disclosure of conflicts and declarations of interest

Our Disclosure of Conflict and Declaration of Interest Policy is designed to help UCL staff and research students recognise activities that might lead to a perceived or actual conflict of interest, and understand how to manage these situations. 

View our Disclosure of Conflict and Declaration of Interest Policy.

Academic staff consultancy

This policy is intended to provide a clear framework for staff engaged in consultancy.

View our Academic Consultancy Policy (you'll need your UCL login).

Material transfer agreements (MTAs)

An MTA covers the transfer of materials from the owner or authorised licensee to a third party who wants to use the material for research purposes.

View UCL's Material Transfer Agreements Policy (you'll need your UCL login).

More information about MTAs, including the process for raising a new request, can be found in the MTA guidance.

Knowledge Exchange policy

We’re responsible for developing strategies for Knowledge Exchange (KE) across UCL. That includes the submission of institutional strategies and plans for funding through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

We also prepare the university’s response to the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).

Explore sector data in the most recent:

Knowledge Exchange funding

We receive funding from a number of different bodies to promote the sharing of knowledge and ideas with individuals and organisations outside academia. 

We therefore have a structure in place to manage the internal distribution of funding to projects across schools, faculties and departments.

Download the committee’s membership and terms of reference (Word)