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Why UCL?

At UCL we're proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. UCL is a great place to be a student – here are some of the reasons why.

World-leading reputation

  • Research Excellence Framework 2014 rated UCL 1st in the UK for research strength
  • Rated 7th in the QS World University Rankings 2018
  • 29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to people who are, or were, students or academics at UCL

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We attract the best and the brightest staff and students

We have the highest number of professors in any UK university, with 975 professors among our academic staff - the UK university average is 85.

This means you can: 

  • Study with world-leading experts and benefit from a programme of distinguished visitors and guest speakers.
  • Benefit from outstanding individual attention for your studies.
  • Gain opportunities for groundbreaking cross-disciplinary investigation through our wide-ranging expertise across all fields of study provides.

Funding

  • £614.9 million of research income (UCL annual report and financial statement 2014/15).
  • UCL has the highest number of students funded through Doctoral Training Centres.
  • UCL is the best performing university in the first year of the EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing a total of €73.2 million over 55 projects (source: Research Professional).
  • UCL has the second highest number of UK Research Council grant (2014/15).
  • UCL has the third highest number of European Research Council (FP7) grants awarded to EU higher education institutions 2007–13.

Worldwide connections

Our exceptional links and networks give you the opportunity to make contacts and gain valuable experience, as well as the chance to work on meaningful projects that have a positive impact on society.
 

UCL’s ongoing links with industry and other partners include: Arup, Cisco, the BBC, the EU, CERN, NASA, the UK Parliament, the UN, Dyson, Eisai, the British Museum, Microsoft, Intel, EDF