Innovation & Enterprise


Transforming lives through collaboration and knowledge exchange

Working with others to transform lives is at the heart of what we do at UCL.

Through knowledge exchange, our staff and students work with businesses, government, not-for-profits and community groups to turn their knowledge and ideas into solutions that benefit us all.

UCL is one of the top universities in the country for knowledge exchange, as recognised in the annual Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). Read about UCL's 2023 KEF results in our news story. Find out more about KEF.

Knowledge exchange is a two-way exchange of ideas, evidence and expertise between universities and organisations and communities outside of academia. It can involve a wide variety of activities and partners – we’ve highlighted below some examples of what UCL has been doing.

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How UCL is collaborating with partners 

Working with the public and third sector

By partnering with local authorities, health services, charities and voluntary groups, our research improves the daily lives of millions.

A conservation volunteer cleaning a tile with a cotton swab
We're working with the National Trust to look after our history and heritage.

Our partnership with Europe’s biggest conservation charity is helping the heritage sector adapt to change, connect with more people, and embrace new practices.

Find out more about our partnership with the National Trust.

Find out how you can partner with UCL.

Intellectual property and commercialisation

Our spinouts seek to solve the world’s toughest problems. They also attract investment into the UK and stimulate economic growth.

Technicians in an Autolus laboratory
UCL research could mean new treatments for difficult-to-treat cancers.

New cancer treatments have evolved from research conducted at UCL Cancer Institute and NIHR University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre. The UCL research was commercialised into spinout company Autolus, supported by UCL Business.

Find out more about this life-saving research.

Find out more about UCL Business.

Graduate startups

Our thriving entrepreneurial community is the springboard for exceptional startup companies. These startups attract millions of pounds of investment, create jobs and spearhead innovation, boosting the UK economy.

Margot and Alexia de Broglie, founders of Your Juno
UCL startup Your Juno helps women and non-binary people learn about finances.

Dubbed 'the Duolingo of money', Your Juno provides hundreds of online courses. It has over 65,000 users and has raised over £2.5 million in investment.

Find out more about Your Juno and how we supported them.

Find out about our support for student entrepreneurs.

Working with business

From global corporates to SMEs, we collaborate with businesses and other organisations to solve complex challenges and deliver economic and social benefits.

Enhanced Fertility test kit
UCL support is allowing fertility company Enhanced Fertility to help more people.

Enhanced Fertility drastically speeds up home testing for infertility issues, so people can get a diagnosis and start treatment sooner. 

Find out more about how we've supported Enhanced Fertility.

Find out how we can support your business.

Public and community engagement

Public engagement is a dialogue between our staff, students and alumni, and local and global communities. By listening and responding to the public, we build a better society together.

People in a park in Camden
We're helping Camden Council decide how to respond to pressing community challenges.

UCL Sociology BSc students are carrying out in-depth research on behalf of Camden Council. They're helping the borough make parks more accessible to women and better serve the needs of young, queer people.

Find out more about the tangible changes our students are helping to make.

Find out how you can partner with UCL.

Local growth and regeneration

We foster a culture of collaboration with the communities in and around our campuses. We bring economic and cultural benefits and tackle social and environmental challenges to enrich people's lives.

A city view from above
We're collaborating on innovative projects in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) was established to use the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to develop a dynamic new centre for east London, offering opportunities for local people.

UCL is working closely with LLDC and many partners to build SHIFT, an inclusive innovation district that is a testbed for better urban futures.

Find out more about SHIFT in our video.

Find out how you can partner with UCL.

Research partnerships

We're home to world-leading researchers, and through partnerships our research has the greatest impact. We work with businesses, charities, not-for-profits and the public sector.

Scientist working in a lab
Our collaboration with GSK aims to discover innovative kidney cancer treatments.

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation are investigating how to use the patient's own cells in treatments.

Find out more about our partnership with GSK.

Find out how you can partner with UCL.