UCL Strategic Plan 2022-27


The UCL Strategic Plan Consultation

Over a full year, we reviewed our progress in research, education and innovation and reset our goals for the next period of our development

This strategic plan was developed through extensive discussion and engagement. The consultation ran from October 2021 to November 2022, driven by the publication of a series of seven discussion papers plus the draft Strategic Plan over the year. These discussion papers were viewed more than 20,500 times on the consultation SharePoint site and discussed in a series of Town Halls, each of which were attended, on average, by more than 500 people.  538 students actively participated in a series of student-facing consultation events.

More than 470 feedback submissions were received from individuals, departments, faculties, special interest groups, professional staff groups and research domains, representing more than 6,600* people . Feedback submissions and thematic summaries were shared with the authors of the discussion papers and those involved in drafting the strategic plan itself. Summaries of feedback received on specific academic proposals, and suggested iterations to the proposals, were shared with relevant committees to help shape recommendations for inclusion in the Strategic Plan and will inform those projects that are to be fully developed in the course of the delivery period. Suggestions for change or new activity were categorised according to whether they related specifically to the initiatives included in the draft Strategic Plan or to wider continuous improvement activities as part of business-as-usual, so that the appropriate channel for action or response was identified.

The success of the strategic plan will be determined by the UCL community. To acknowledge the considerable time and thought invested by UCL colleagues in their responses and to summarise how their feedback has shaped the plan, the Consultation Report (UCL password required) was published alongside the Draft Strategic Plan in October 2022.

The year-long period of consultation has unleashed a huge amount of creative energy throughout the university. We will keep the conversation going so this plan remains responsive to a rapidly changing environment, and will pilot new approaches to strategy implementation.

*some groups and individuals submitted multiple responses and therefore this number is greater than the number of unique individuals involved