UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing (GCHW): Getting Involved

UCL's Memorandum of Understanding with the International Longevity Centre-UK 
UCL, led by Professor Nick Tyler, Chair, UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing, has a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).  ILC-UK is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change. It asks difficult questions and presents new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing and undertakes research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

  • We are keen for UCL researchers to work together with ILC’s researchers and policy specialists.  If you are interested in collaborating with ILC-UK please contact Michael Reade m.reade (at) ucl.ac.uk (Coordinator, GCHW).

Dr Robb Rutledge, (Senior Research Associate, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL) guest blogs for the ILC-UK website:

  • Declining dopamine may explain why older people take fewer risks In daily life, we frequently make decisions where the outcome is uncertain. Where should I go for lunch? Which way should I go to get home from work? Should I vote for Britain to leave or to remain in the European Union? How do we decide when the risk is worth it? Older people are often said to be more risk-averse than younger people. In a recent study published in the scientific journal Current Biology, we reported that getting older affects risk taking in one specific way and natural decline in the brain chemical dopamine may be responsible.   More here

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Central to the UCL GCHW is our engagement with policymakers, practitioners, business, NGOs, opinion formers, prospective students and other academics.

There are also many different opportunities for you to actively engage with and inform our work on social and cultural diversity in its many forms. These include:


Research – in numerous interdisciplinary groups as well as in departments across 10 academic faculties. Examples of interdisciplinary research initiatives supported by GCHW include, for example, the UCL CRUCIBLE Centre for Lifelong Health & Wellbeing.


Hundreds of undergraduate and graduate (research and taught) programmes – including those in:

  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Chinese Health & Humanity
  • Classics
  • Cognitive & Decision Sciences
  • Culture, Materials & Design
  • History of Art
  • Human Evolution & Behaviour
  • Language & Culture
  • Lifelong Health & Wellbeing
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology.


UCL Enterprise – including:

  • UCL Advances, which stimulates the culture of entrepreneurship and business interaction and brings business and UCL together
  • UCL Business, which maximises the commercial value of UCL’s intellectual property assets and carries out commercial transactions
  • UCL Consultants, who help provide access to the wealth of expertise at UCL and manage bespoke consultancy contracts


Events – including public lectures, symposia and workshops, and exhibitions and events at our eight museums and collections.

Global Citizenship

Global citizenship – the ways in which we seek to prepare our students to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges that they will encounter throughout their lives and careers.

The UCL Public Engagement Unit – encouraging two-way communication between staff and external groups.

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