Short courses


University Urbanism: Campus Development and Urban Regeneration

  • 7.5 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course will examine specific industry challenges in university-led urban regeneration.

It will look at how to engage with and contribute to wider urban regeneration goals, positioning universities as 'anchor institutions'.

You'll learn how:

  • universities can maximise investment value in their estates while also enhancing university-city relationships
  • universities, planners and design consultants can communicate with each other and with communities effectively to achieve the best development outcomes

You'll have access to evidence-based case study research and data on university campus development in urban environments.

You'll also benefit from personal insights from experienced professionals and practitioners in this under-researched field.

This course is run by UCL's Urban Laboratory.

Course content

The course will focus on three key issues:

  • Selecting sites and creating partnerships and long-term relationships between universities and other urban actors, e.g. city councils, businesses and community stakeholder groups
  • Universities as clients: visioning processes and briefing masterplanners and architectural consultants; academics and students as key stakeholder groups in university development
  • University space: what kinds of buildings and spaces do universities need, and how do they form connections with the wider urban environment?


The course combines lectures, discussion and individual and group exercises, as well as a site visit.

Case studies will be used to illustrate general principles and introduce innovative ideas. 

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for:

  • property developers and consultants
  • university estates professionals
  • town and city planners
  • masterplanning firms
  • architectural practices

The course will allow you to network with a wide range of professionals from the urban and university sectors, encouraging professional knowledge exchange.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • recognise key issues in university development and contextualise these within a wider discussion around urban regeneration
  • incorporate evidence-based arguments into design approaches
  • justify innovatory approaches to university development
  • critique development processes by reference to current academic research
  • demonstrate knowledge and refer to a number of comparative case studies


You'll receive a UCL certificate of participation on completion of the course.

Course information last modified: 1 Nov 2021, 15:13