Innovation and Enterprise



UCL is London’s Global University: in London, of London and for London.

UCL is committed to becoming a global leader in knowledge exchange, enterprise and open innovation with societal impact.

Our relationship with London is central to this commitment. 

Find out more in UCL's 20-year strategy UCL 2034

Read about how UCL Innovation and Enterprise are using our position in London to benefit London, the UK and the wider world in our new strategy (pdf)

Implementation progress

We're currently developing a new strategy for London, to deliver on our strategic objectives to increase our positive engagement with London's communities and organisations.

As part of this work, seven priorities have been agreed. We will:

  • mobilise our world leading educational research and expertise to help build capacity and excellence across London’s education system
  • through our high impact legal research and activities, support London as a global centre for legal services, dispute resolution and the promotion of the rule of law
  • work with London government, the property sector and communities to bring evidence and the latest modelling to bear on urban design and place making
  • build partnerships with London SMEs and high-growth businesses, to bring economic benefit to London and the UK
  • use our relationships with the leaders of London, including the Mayor and Greater London Authority, local authorities and others, to support the ambition to maintain London as the greatest city in the world
  • develop and enhance UCL’s reputation as a cultural leader through an innovative and engaging programme of activity that leverage UCL’s world leading research and scholarship and its unique cultural and heritage assets through partnership and co-production
  • work with local partners to enhance the lives of those who work, live and study in our neighbourhood

 An eighth priority on mental health is being developed.

The new strategy will include objectives and measurable outcomes for each of the eight priorities.

Who's leading on UCL’s work for London

This work is being led by a broad range of academics and professional members of staff including Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London), Dr Andrew Brown, Pro-Vice-Provost (London), and a number of London champions across the university.

Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London)

Celia leads UCL’s Innovation and Enterprise department and is driving UCL’s understanding of its roles in London. As a member of the Mayor of London’s Local Economic Action Panel (LEAP) and a member of the CBI London Council, Celia works closely with senior stakeholders across London.

Dr Andrew Brown, Pro-Vice-Provost (London)

Andrew is responsible for the delivery of UCL’s London Strategy and works closely with the London champions and our London professional team to identify opportunities for UCL to change our city for the better.
Andrew has extensive personal and professional experience in London. He previously served as UCL’s Interim Director of the Institute of Education and as Pro-Vice-Provost for Enterprise - roles that have seen him engage extensively with London’s leadership, local authorities and education sector. Andrew has lived for much of his life in close proximity to the site of UCL’s new campus, UCL East, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

London champions

Our London champions are 20 leading academic and professional members of staff from across the university, from every faculty and professional department. They'll work together, combining their expertise to produce collaborative, pioneering and multidisciplinary solutions to London’s challenges that span the range of UCL’s strengths.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Davis at ruth.davis@ucl.ac.uk