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Applications now open for the UCL Reach Alliance 2023-2024 cohort

18 September 2023

Applications are now open for students to become a student researcher on the Reach Alliance programme: a network of top universities around the world enabling student-led research into local perspectives for some of the most pressing global challenges.

UCL Reach Alliance students presenting at conference
  • Virtual information session: 3 October 2023 
  • Application deadline: 8 October 2023

Are you a postgraduate student from the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment or the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy? Do you want to develop research and leadership skills to drive sustainable change for the future Apply to join Reach Alliance as a student researcher!

The Reach Alliance

The Reach Alliance, founded in 2015 at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, in partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, was inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

A student-driven, faculty-mentored global research and leadership initiative, the Reach Alliance investigates how critical interventions and innovations reach those who are the hardest to reach, and partners with cross-sectoral organisations to translate actionable research insights for impact.

Over approximately 9 months, students will gain skills and experience via working with a world-class faculty mentor at UCL, performance coaches, top students from across the university and through a curated professional skills development series. 

Reach is an engaging extracurricular opportunity designed for dedicated students. It involves creating a case study over the course of an academic year, which includes a field trip, followed by activities to share and discuss the findings after the case study is published. Participants in the Reach program become part of a like-minded community across partner universities and have the opportunity to attend conferences worldwide. 

As a Reach Alliance researcher, you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience in research design and analysis with a faculty mentor at UCL.
  • Carry out in-person field research.
  • Receive team performance coaching to drive your personal growth and team performance.
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Access professional development workshops and seminars.
  • Author a case report and other publications where research insights and knowledge translation tools to impact decision-makers.
  • Join a dynamic global network driven to make an impact on development challenges in the world’s most marginalised populations.

At UCL, you will be on a research team with 3-4 other students and 1 faculty mentor to frame a research proposal within a given theme and pool of “on the ground” partners.

The UCL Reach Alliance 2023–2024 cohort will investigate: 'Tackling health disparities through social innovation: A multi-stakeholder coalition for inclusive health in Brent, London'. This case study will focus on the Brent Health Matters (BHM) programme in the London Borough of Brent.

The project will be mentored by Professor Julius Mugwagwa. Julius Mugwagwa is an Associate Professor in Innovation and Development in UCL's Department of Science, Technology Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP). He is also Global Health Thematic Director at UCL’s Global Governance Institute.

To inspire you, learn about the first UCL cohort's project: 'Barriers to Perinatal Mental Health Services for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Camden'.

Applications are now closed. 

Further links


  • Credit: Reach Alliance
  • Caption: UCL students presenting on their case study at the Reach Research Conference in Toronto