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About the Programme

The Cities partnerships Programme is a new initiative which supports, funds and promotes academic collaborations in research and teaching with partners in global cities across the world.


Starting in Rome, the initial focus on Europe is an expression of UCL’s commitment to our European partners: those who share our values, with a clear emphasis on world-leading academic excellence.

By focusing on a city rather than a specific organisation, UCL academics are able to work with the individuals and institutions that they feel are the best in their particular field, enabling a programme of activity in the city across multiple disciplines.

The three-year programme in each city will support, fund and promote sustainable partnerships in three main areas:

  • Seed funding to nurture and support interdisciplinary academic work with partners in the city.
  • Engaging audiences in and beyond academia through a curated series of events with partner institutions.
  • Activity in partnership with existing events and networks of alumni and students, reaching audiences beyond academia. 

Academic Directors

Following an open recruitment process in which members of UCL’s academic community were invited to propose a city with which they have significant links, two UCL academics were appointed as the programme’s first Academic Directors.


Dr Florian Mussgnug, School of European Languages, Culture, and Society

Dr Florian Mussgnug

Dr Claire Colomb, The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Claire Colomb

Launch in Rome

The Cities partnerships Programme launches in Rome. More than 50 years after the Treaty of Rome, the Italian capital remains a powerful symbol of European unity and its challenges.

This makes the city a fitting location to explore the Future of Europe – the theme for a series of academic events curated by Dr Mussgnug. UCL has a strong record of collaborations in Rome with high-ranking universities and other prestigious partners, and a growing network of colleagues – from archaeology to neuroscience – with an interest in activity in the region.


Up to £5,000 per project is available for academic activity involving one or more UCL individuals and a partner based in a global city. 

The funds are led by the programme's Academic Directors and are supported by its board of senior academics and professional services staff at the Global Engagement Office (GEO).

Following an initital funding call for Rome in 2018, the next funding round for both Paris and Rome will open for application on Monday 18 March 2019. 

“What draws us to Rome, beyond the city’s unrivalled wealth of historical sites and cultural artefacts, is the wish to respond actively and fully to these challenges, in line with UCL’s distinctive ethos of radicalism and innovative thinking.”

Dr Florian Mussgnug, Times Higher Education, November 2018