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Impact and success

Multiplying impact – without increasing our footprint.

We multiply our impact through people – our staff, students, alumni and partners – and through enterprise and technologically enhanced innovation. We graduate over 13,000 students a year.


All universities with ambitions for global impact have ambitious development targets. As UCL’s Campaign gathers momentum, the Global Engagement Strategy will support, and be supported by, our fundraising and supporter engagement activities abroad.

Through new cross-disciplinary units like our Global Governance Institute, our research community provides accessible thought leadership to governments, development agencies and policy makers. Our collaboration with international corporations is essential for our ability to conduct translational research to take discovery toward application.

We will harness technologically enhanced innovation in education, building on the expertise and reputation we have acquired through joining with the Institute of Education, to reach out globally. We will integrate learning through mobile telephones and Wi-Fi internet to maximise access: we want to become known for using technology to make education more open. We intend to accelerate our e-learning, distance and blended learning offering to students in the UK and overseas.

We are committed to maximising our global reach and impact from research through Open Access outputs, technology advancement, prototyping, licensing and spinout opportunities, social enterprises, public engagement and policy development. International markets for Continuous Professional Development and executive education are being explored by UCL Life Learning and our new School of Management Science and Innovation.

Our staff multiply their impact through international consultancy. Generating profit can be consistent with public benefit, such as reducing barriers to high quality education for women, and is re-invested in education and research.


What success will look like

Developing the global partnerships required for this strategy takes decades but starts now. We are building on UCL’s exceptional creativity, innovation and attractiveness to potential partners. In the first five years we will pass the milestones set out in Objectives, showing that we are travelling with momentum in the right direction. By 2020, all of our activities globally will be clearly aligned with one or more of our five strategic drivers. We will have clear global agendas on research, education and/or enterprise with three anchor partners. We will be acting as more than the sum of our parts in at least three areas of the world, with increased visibility and multiplied impact.

To celebrate this, in 2020 UCL will co-host with our anchor partners a global conference for others interested in new models of global engagement and the impact of globalisation on higher education.

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