In November 2010, UCL signed an enhanced partnership agreement with Aon Benfield, the leading global reinsurance intermediary. Building on the existing successful relationship between UCL and Aon Benfield, the agreement established the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre (ABUHC), which is Europe's leading multidisciplinary academic hazard research centre. The new agreement was negotiated by Dr Anna Clark, Director of Corporate Partnerships, together with the UCL academic lead Prof. Peter Sammonds, Professor of Geophysics.
The ABUHC comprises three groups: Geological Hazards, Meteorological Hazards & Seasonal Forecasting, and Disaster Studies & Management. The Centre is based at University College London, one of the UK's top three multi-faculty teaching and research institutions.