UCL Research


Strategy and policy

As a leading multi-disciplinary university, UCL champions academic excellence and world-class research aimed at addressing real-world problems

We strongly believe in the importance of curiosity-driven research, rooted in academic excellence and supported by strong leadership. We work to nurture and celebrate a culture of expertise that delivers benefits to our society. 

The UCL Research Strategy is our vision for how we will continue to support excellence and impact. The strategy is informed by UCL 2034, which outlines UCL’s aims and objectives across the breadth of the university’s work, including through teaching, research and enterprise. 

The UCL 2019 Research Strategy

The Research Strategy sets out three core aims:

  • To Inspire and Empower Research Leadership
  • To Cross Boundaries to Increase Engagement
  • To Deliver Impact for Public Benefit

The Research Strategy is available to download (pdf).

Policy and guidance

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) is responsible for a number of policies governing research at UCL. UCL regards it as fundamental that research should be conducted, and the results of research disseminated, honestly, accurately and in accordance with professional standards.

All those at UCL involved in research, whether on UCL premises or overseas, as well as external researchers working at or in collaboration with UCL are expected to read, understand and comply with this guidance.

Research Operations Committee

The Research Operations Committee (ROC) has been set up to provide consistent governance of research operations, including any processes, services or functions that support research at UCL. The ROC's role is to set standards for and ensure accountability of all aspects of research operations, on behalf of those engaged with research. It will make recommendations to the Research Governance Committee, the Provost (via SMT), and other bodies as appropriate. The ROC is chaired by Professor David Price; please contact Alison Williams, Research Operations Committee Coordinator, with any queries.



Research Integrity

Research Integrity involves all aspects of the research process including planning, data collection, publication and authorship, sharing of data and good data management

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Research Ethics

Research Ethics covers issues including, but not limited to, codes of practice, working with human participants, the use of animals in research and the use of sensitive data

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Open Access

Open access means making research publications freely available online. It ensures that your work reaches the widest possible audience, and that it can be used and shared easily

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