UCL Grand Challenges


Challenging the Status Quo

Challenging the Status Quo is one of six themes in the Grand Challenges, Grand impacts exhibition.

UCL’s radical history is also our radical future. Our disruptive thinking is re-evaluating how we approach issues as diverse as healthcare, social justice, technology and more.

Featured case studies

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Beyond Boundaries

The two-week virtual conference, examined why and how universities should address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Lancet Partnerships

UCL has take the lead on many high-level Commissions which have their work published in The Lancet and Grand Challenges also organises the annual Lancet Lecture.

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Stand with Hope

A cross-disciplinary initiative generating discussion on history of women's suffrage, gender inequalities still present in UK society, and raising awareness of UCL’s research in this area.

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Cottonopolis—Manchester's Global Threads

A collaborative public heritage project re-evaluating built environment in Manchester in light of historical relationships with enslavement and colonisation.

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Parliament Buildings: The architecture of power, accountability and democracy in Europe

Building a critical platform to examine how parliament buildings across Europe shape national identities.

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First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability

Disability between academic and research practices: breaking barriers towards a just and equal world.

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Re-thinking Housing

Re-thinking Housing draws on contributions from individuals across the University, in Development Planning, Philosophy, Economics, Archaeology, Science Technology and Engineering and Public Policy.

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UCL Team Glasgow - Post COP26 Moving Towards COP27 with a Low Carbon Footprint

Developing a carbon footprint calculator for travel to COP27.

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Tomorrow's Home 2050

Visions of home-based healthcare for healthy ageing and independent living