UCL SLMS is a part of London’s research powerhouse, with a commitment to research that addresses some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Our work covers the full range of enquiry in biomedical, life and population health sciences.

  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, an average of 78% of our research was graded as internationally excellent or world-leading and we were identified as the UK’s strongest medical research grouping.
  • UCL has made cross-disciplinary research a priority and the UCL Research Domains provide strategic coordination across the university and a platform for research communities to engage with partner organisations.

UCL Research Domains

The UCL Research Domains are large, cross-disciplinary research communities that span UCL and our partner organisations, fostering interaction and collaboration.

We believe that by bringing together a critical mass of expertise we can undertake internationally leading research in our key areas of strength.

UCL Research Domains

Find out more by visiting the domain pages

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Research Excellence Framework is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Assessment of Research Quality

UCL and REF2014

Top stats

SLMS and REF2014

Panel A power rankings

We achieved the greatest amount of 4* (world leading) research in Panel A, covering medicine and biological sciences, much of which is conducted in collaboration with our partner hospitals. 

UCL SLMS Quality Profile REF2014

78% of our research was graded as internationally excellent or world leading:

UCL SLMS Power Rankings REF2014

Our institutional submission rate is amongst the highest in the sector reflecting our role as a truly research-intensive university, where a supportive environment empowers members of our research community to achieve their potential as world-leading researchers.

The REF2014 power rankings identified us as the UK’s strongest medical research grouping.

How it works

The assessment criteria

The overall quality profile is comprised of the aggregate of the weighted sub-profiles produced for outputs (65%), impact (20%) and environment (15%). Institutions can be ranked on a grade-point average and in terms of research power (a mixture of excellence and volume).

Overall quality profile: Definitions of starred levels

Four star Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Three star Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
Two star Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
One star Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.


Research Impact

Individually and in collaboration, UCL experts develop insights relevant to the great challenges facing the world. Society reaps many benefits from their excellent research, some of which occur immediately, while others develop over years or generations.

We encourage our researchers to think creatively about how their work intersects with the world outside academia, and provide mechanisms to bring their wealth of knowledge, creativity and insight to the people and organisations who need it most.

SLMS Impact Case Studies

Research Integrity

The Code of Conduct for Research states that UCL is committed to maintaining the integrity and probity of academic research. UCL regards it as fundamental that research should be conducted, and the results of research disseminated, honestly, accurately and in accordance with professional standards.

Animal research at UCL

Our dedicated animal research information website explains how UCL conducts animal research.

It includes descriptions of the processes governing research and the ‘3Rs’: replacing animal research with alternatives, reducing the number of animals used and refining experiments to minimise harm and discomfort to the animals. The site also lists up-to-date figures of how many animals of each species were used in UCL research last year.

Find a SLMS Researcher

The Institutional Research Information System (IRIS) is the UCL research portal.

You can user it to identify the research activities of researchers, research groups, research centres and interdisciplinary networks across the whole of UCL. In addition you can search UCL's world class publications.

SLMS Heads of Research Departments

SLMS is committed to supporting staff development, succession planning and empowering staff to share in leadership.

Alongside key initiatives - such as the Future Leaders  Programme – a key element of this process is standardising leadership responsibilities. The Duties and Responsibilities of Heads of Research Departments in SLMS were confirmed wef 1/10/14 (these can be found at

It has been agreed that SLMS Faculties will work with Institutes to agree proposals for succession planning in the academic year 2014-15, with change being implemented as appropriate and agreed, but with the expectation that this will normally be achieved within the following two academic years, so by 30/9/17.

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Peter Fonagy Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology TBC
Dr Joseph Devlin Experimental Psychology 30/09/2018
TBA Developmental Science TBC
Prof Neil Burgess Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience 30/09/2019
Prof Rosemary Varley Language & Communication 30/09/2018
Prof Ad Neeleman Linguistics 30/06/2017
Prof Valerie Hassan Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences 31/08/2019
Prof Yvonne Rogers UCL Interaction Centre 30/09/2016

Institute of Neurology

Prof Alan Thompson
Brain Repair & Rehabilitation 31/10/2021
Prof Matthew Walker Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy TBC
Prof Anthony Schapira Clinical Neuroscience (Hampstead Campus) TBC
Prof John Hardy Molecular Neuroscience TBC
Prof John Collinge Neurodegenerative Disease TBC
Prof Kenneth J Smith Neuroinflammation TBC
Prof Linda Greensmith Sobell Dept of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders TBC
Prof Cathy Price
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging 30/09/2020
Prof Tom Warner Reta Lila Weston Institute TBC

Institute of Ophthalmology

Prof John Greenwood Cell Biology TBC
Prof Robin Ali Genetics TBC
Prof Pete Coffey Ocular Biology & Theraputics (ORBIT) TBC
Prof Gary Rubin Visual Neuroscience TBC

Faculty of Life Sciences

Division of Biosciences

Prof Stephen Hunt Cell & Developmental Biology 28/02/2017
Prof Andrew Pomiankowski Genetics, Evolution & Environment 31/07/2019
Prof Trevor Smart Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology 30/06/2017
Prof Gabriel Waksman Structural & Molecular Biology 31/12/2019

School of Pharmacy

Prof Frank Kozielski Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry 31/12/2018
Dr Simon Gaisford Pharmaceutics 28/10/2019
Dr Brian Pearce Pharmacology 31/12/2018
Prof Ian Wong Practice & Policy 02/09/2018

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Division of Medicine

Prof William Richardson Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research 19/04/2016
Prof Mervyn Singer
Clinical Physiology 31/12/2015
Prof Derek Gilroy
Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics 31/12/2018
Prof David Abraham Inflammation 31/12/2015
Prof Robert Unwin Internal Medicine 31/12/2015
Prof Massimo Pinzani Liver and Digestive Health Permanent

UCL Medical School

Dr Ann Griffin Academic Centre for Medical Education, UCLMS TBC

Division of Surgery and Interventional Science

Prof Vivek Mudera Tissue and Materials 30/09/2016
Dr Marilena Loizidou Nanotechnology 30/09/2016
Prof Laurence Lovat Tissue and Energy 30/09/2016

Cancer Institute

Prof David Linch Haematology None
Prof Daniel Hochhauser
Oncology 01/07/2020
Prof Adrienne Flanagan Pathology None
Prof Jonathan Lederman Clinical Trials Centre None
Prof Henning Walczak Cancer Biology 14/12/2019

Eastman Dental Institute 

Prof Nikos Donos Clinical Research TBC
Prof Jonathan Knowles Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering TBC
Dr Sean Nair Microbial Diseases TBC

Division of Infection and Immunity

Prof Judy Breuer Infection 31/03/2016
Prof Hans Stauss Immunology TBC

Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Institute for Women's Health

Prof Judith Stephenson Reproductive Health 30-Sep-16
Prof Donald Peebles Maternal and Fetal Medicine 30-Sep-16
Prof Nicola Robertson Neonatology 30-Sep-16
Prof Martin Widschwendter Women's Cancer 30-Sep-16
Dr Gwyneth Lewis Global Women's Health 30-Sep-16
Prof Alexey Zaikin Methodological Support 30-Sep-16

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Prof Bill McKenna Inherited Cardiac Disease                                                                             31-Jul-16
Prof John Deanfield National Centre for Cardiovascular disease Prevention and Outcomes 31-Jul-16
Prof Andrew Taylor Cardiovascular Imaging                                                                                  31-Jul-16
Prof Steve Humphries Cardiovascular Genetics 31-Jul-16
Prof Derek Yellon Hatter Cardiovascular Institute 31-Jul-16
Prof Chris McGregor Cardiovascular Surgery 31-Jul-16
Prof. Nish Chaturvedi Cardiometabolic Phenotyping Group                                                      30-Sep-18
Prof. Aroon Hingorani Genetic Epidemiology Group                                                                      31-Jul-16

Institute of Child Health

Prof Andrew Copp Developmental Biology and Cancer 31-Mar-17
Prof Phil Beales Genetics and Genomic Medicine 31-Mar-17
Prof Catherine Law Population, Policy and Practice 31-Mar-17
Prof Francesco Muntoni Developmental Biology and Cancer 31-Mar-17
Prof Adrian Thrasher Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Physiological Medicine 31-Mar-17

Institute of Clinical Trials & Methodology

Prof Max Parmar MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL TBC
Prof Peter Brocklehurst Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit TBC

Institute of Health Informatics

Prof Harry Hemingway Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research TBC
Dr Paul Taylor Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) 31-Jul-14

Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care

Prof Richard Watt Epidemiology & Public Health 30-Sep-14
Dr Richard Gilson Infection & Population Health 31-Dec-15
Prof Irwin Nazareth Primary Care & Population Health 30-Sep-16
Prof Rosalind Raine Applied Health Research 30-Sep-16
Prof Di Kuh MRC Unit for Lifelong Health Ageing 30-Sep-16

Excellence Fellowship Programme

UCL’s Excellence Fellowship Programme seeks to recruit the highest calibre early career researchers from across the globe, supporting them to establish their independent career and become the research leaders of the future.

Springboard Population Science Fellowship Programme

UCL’s Springboard Population Science Fellowship Programme seeks to recruit the highest calibre early career researchers from across the globe, supporting them to establish their independent career and become the research leaders of the future in Population Science. 

Visit the UCL Springboard Population Science Fellowship Programme webpages

SLMS Publications

The School produces a range of publications including an ongoing series that showcases some of the outstanding research being carried out within the School and with collaborators across UCL, in London, nationally and internationally.

Staff Resources

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