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Generation UCL: an oral history of student life in London

The Generation UCL oral history project began interviewing former UCL students in 2022 to capture their memories of student life in London.

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In the build-up to UCL’s bicentenary in 2026, the Generation UCL project is collecting a broad range of oral testimonies from former students at UCL. Full testimonies will be available from the beginning of 2025. A diverse range of people who studied a wide variety of subjects at UCL from the 1940s to the 2020s have been interviewed or will be interviewed over the course of 2024. The project is run by Dr Sam Blaxland, and is overseen by Professor Georgina Brewis at the IOE and John Dubber at Students’ Union UCL.

Generation UCL is part of a wider project researching the history of students in London since the 1820s, which will be part of marking UCL's bicentenary in 2026.

Listen to some short clips of the longer interviews on Stream UCL.