UCL Research


About research at UCL

UCL is London’s research powerhouse, with a commitment to enhancing the lives of people in the capital, the UK and around the world. Our academics have breadth and depth of expertise across the entire range of academic disciplines. Individually, they expand our understanding of the world; collectively and collaboratively, they deliver analysis that addresses the major challenges facing humanity

UCL is a world-leading research university, and we are proud to be London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with over 6,000 research staff committed to engaging with the wider world and changing it for the better. UCL was established in 1826 in order to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. The founding principles of academic excellence and research aimed at addressing real-world problems continue to inform our ethos to this day. 

Our academic performance is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, across a broad range of disciplines. We are ranked 16th in the world and fourth in the UK by Times Higher Education, placing us in the world’s top 20 “super-elite” universities.

Changing the world

UCL is committed to using our collective expertise to address global problems. We’re working to extend our knowledge of the local and global, and increase the grassroots relevance of our work. We’re developing partnerships within and beyond the education sector to inform the work we do and increase our positive impact on the world around us.

Access UCL expertise

Research funding

Competitively won research grants and contracts account for more than a third of UCL’s income. Through our Research Facilitation teams, we coordinate large-scale funding bids, advise researchers on identifying funding opportunities and developing funding bids. More information about finding funding are available on our Support for Staff pages.

In numbers

  • 6,333 academic and research staff
  • 29 Nobel laureates
  • Ranked 6th worldwide (global mean rank)
  • 11 faculties 
  • 145 postgraduate research degrees
  • 20 Centres for Doctoral Training, the highest number of any UK university


Research images as art – UCL Doctoral School


Teams and staff in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research)

David Price

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)

The Vice-Provost (Research) is responsible for the strategy for, and the performance, distinctiveness and impact of, UCL’s research

Innovation and Enterprise


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Banner image: © David Griffiths (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)