UCL Research


Our research and impact

Find out more about our research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, and explore stories of our impact locally, nationally and globally.

UCL researchers and our collaborative approach

At UCL, we are committed to using our collective expertise to address global problems.

Researchers and faculty research

We are home to over 6,000 research staff across our 11 faculties, ensuring breadth and depth of expertise across the entire range of academic disciplines. Individually, our academics expand our understanding of the world; collectively and collaboratively, they deliver analysis that addresses the major challenges facing humanity.

Find out more about our researchers and faculty research.

Cross-disciplinary initiatives and networks

Real-world impact can only be created through collaboration. We are enabling cross-disciplinary research through collaborative initiatives - including UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiative. We develop lasting, meaningful partnerships with a wide range of partners to create positive change.

Find out more about our cross-disciplinary initiatives and networks.

Where research transforms lives

Research excellence (REF 2021)

2nd in the UK for research power
consolidating our position at the top between Oxford (1st) and Cambridge (3rd)

1st in London for research power

93% of our research is 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It is implemented by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Discover some of our top REF 2021 impact case studies (slideshow below) - in areas such as sustainable cities, technology, health, human wellbeing, cultural understanding, and justice and equality. 

Find out more about REF 2021.

Explore some of our top impact case studies


UCL research in the news

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Transforming lives through collaboration and knowledge exchange

UCL is one of the top universities in the country for knowledge exchange, as recognised in the annual Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). 

Through knowledge exchange, our staff and students work with businesses, government, not-for-profits and community groups to apply their expertise beyond our university. 

View examples of how we transform lives through collaboration and knowledge exchange.

UCL Innovation & Enterprise

Every thriving business, life-saving medicine and revolutionary technology begins as an idea. UCL Innovation & Enterprise works with UCL staff and students and organisations to turn knowledge and ideas into the solutions that benefit us all.


UCL Business Ltd (UCLB), is a wholly owned subsidiary of UCL. Working with UCL’s world-renowned faculties and associated hospitals, it brings together exceptional ideas, innovations and industry to benefit society and the economy.


UCL Consultants (UCLC) is one of the UK’s leading providers of academic consultancy services. We connect partners with our academic experts to solve problems, create new opportunities and develop capabilities to better understand complex issues.

More research impact stories

Discover more impact case studies from:

  • Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • UCL's Innovation & Enterprise
  • UCL Global Engagement
  • UCL Grand Challenges
  • UCL SDGs Initiative
  • UCL Public Policy
  • UCL Giving.


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