UCL Research Institute for Collections


About the Institute

The UCL Research Institute for Collections is a virtual centre for scholarship, pedagogy and impact based around UCL’s exceptional range of collections.

The UCL Research Institute for Collections (RIC) provides a unified research focus for UCL collection specialists to work in collaboration with academics, building on UCL’s long tradition of ‘disruptive thinking’ to understand the human condition and the natural world. The work of RIC signals the innovative development of UCL as a prominent centre for humanities and science research using collections. It will create sustainable inter-disciplinary and thematic research opportunities and teaching engagement across UCL collections. It aims to build and enhance collaborations with other universities and museums and open new avenues for research funding by responding to funders recognition of the role of libraries and museums as partners in, and leaders of, academic and scholarly research.


The UCL Research Institite for Collections is overseen by the Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services and the UCL Office for Open Science & Scholarship), with a Management Committee formed of representatives from UCL Library Services, UCL Culture, UCL’s academic body and external expert advisors.