Innovation & Enterprise


Made at UCL

Find out how innovation and enterprise at UCL has been impacting on lives across health, technology, culture, the environment, communities, and justice and equality.

These 19 stories are part of UCL’s new #MadeAtUCL campaign which highlights 100 stories showing how UCL works to improve lives and communities and create real world impact. Read and vote for your favourite.

Using our own immune cells to target and kill cancer

Dr Martin Pule and Dr Claire Roddie of UCL’s CAR T-cell programme

Researchers at UCL are pioneering groundbreaking cancer treatments which reprogramme the patient’s own immune system to recognise and kill cancerous cells.

Space Syntax makes the structure of city spaces work for people

Trafalgar Square in London

How do people move around a city? What are their habits? Where do they walk and why do they do it? UCL spin-out company Space Syntax has informed the development of more than 600 projects worldwide to improve the urban arena.

Automated Vehicles: Who’s driving?

An automated vehicle

Automated vehicles (AVs) will likely be one of the most disruptive technologies of our time but do we know enough about them? Research by UCL’s Transport Institute highlighted almost 400 unanswered questions on AVs’ social, economic and environmental impacts.

Transforming lives and communities with legal aid

UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic (UCL iLAC)

The most vulnerable members of our community are often the ones most in need of legal advice, yet they struggle to get help. UCL’s unique advice clinic is changing that and transforming lives and communities.

New approaches to tackling the scourge of damp buildings

Thermal imaging of a damp wall

Across the world, dampness accounts for 70-80% of all reported building problems including structural complications and related health issues. Dr Hector Altamirano, of UCL Bartlett School of Energy, Environment & Resources, is looking at ways to tackle damp.

Englicious provides English grammar and language resources for schools

School children using tablet computers

Englicious is a web-based teaching and learning resource that uses realistic and relevant grammar examples that are easy for children to grasp. Find out more about how Englicious is giving children a taste for English grammar.

Improving the quality of life for local communities

A group of people around a table looking at a map

UCL has pioneered a radical new way of engaging communities to find greener, healthier and more sustainable ways of living – directly improving air quality and noise pollution for thousands of people.

EcoNomad: UCL entrepreneur scales down eco-tech for small farms

Dr Ilan Adler, founder of EcoNomad Solutions Ltd

Converting farm waste into renewable fuel and fertiliser is usually done on a mammoth scale for costly agricultural operations. A UCL entrepreneur has scaled down the technology to make it accessible to all.

Citizen science that helps farmers and conserves wildlife

Citizen science that helps farmers and conserves wildlife

Software developed by UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group enables people with little or no literacy to collect and analyse data about their environment, helping them to monitor illegal poaching, wildlife, and other resources that are important to them.

UCL helps reduce the carbon footprint of the shipping industry

Map of the world showing shipping lanes - supplied by shipmap.org

With ULEZ and other CO2-reducing initiatives kicking in, what about shipping emissions? Dr Tristan Smith, and Dr Julia Schaumeier from UCL’s Energy Institute published innovative data on shipping emissions - a vital step in reducing CO2 emissions in the shipping industry.

HeLP-Diabetes: online self-management programme for type 2 diabetes

Group of smiling people wearing exercise clothes - photo from Shutterstock

An online tool developed at UCL has been helping people with diabetes manage their own health with easily accessible evidence-based information and support.

Magnetic nanoparticles research successfully applied to better cancer diagnosis and care

Doctors carrying out surgery - photo supplied by Endomag

UCL’s groundbreaking research and development of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications led to the introduction in 2012 of the world's first licensed nanoparticulate injectable medical device, the Magtrace® tracer, and its detection system, the Sentimag® probe.

Using AI and satellites to detect bowel cancer

A satellite over Earth - photo from Pixabay

UCL scientists are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and space satellites to fight the battle with cancer on Earth.

Building ‘smart farms’: how technology can put environmentally-friendly food on your table

Abstract image representing farming technology - from Shutterstock

Feeding and protecting the world with technology, Dr Kenneth Tong of UCL Engineering Sciences is building smart farms to help farmers get the most out of their harvests.

Enterprising UCL students help to alleviate food poverty in Southeast Asia

A hand holding rice

Supported by UCL Innovation & Enterprise, four UCL prizewinning students are aiming to reduce food poverty in Southeast Asia through their social enterprise, Rice Inc.

Creating colours from coalfields

Lake polluted by iron solids

The discovery of five new commercial paint colours by a UCL Slade School artist has led to five industrial sites in the UK being declared as public works of art.

Turning used coffee into clean energy

Arthur Kay and Paul Hellier, founders of bio-bean - photo supplied by bio-bean

UCL start-up bio-bean, co-founded by UCL graduate Arthur Kay, turns used coffee grounds into clean energy, helping companies reduce their methane gas and CO2 emissions and preventing thousands of tonnes of waste each year.

Using innovative technology to protect older adults’ finances

Dr Dexter Penn - photo supplied by Dr Penn/Kalgera

UCL researchers have developed an award-winning platform to protect older people in the UK from being targeted by fraudsters.

Attracting a wider range of people to STEM careers

A group of children using a microscope - photo from Shutterstock

Despite huge investment aimed at engaging more young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), there are notable inequalities in participation in terms of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background at every stage of the post-16 education pipeline.