Welcome to the UCL community! Whether you're entirely new to university or starting out on a new course, this section will tell you more about who we all are and what to expect from your UCL journey.
History of UCL
UCL was founded in 1826 as a radically different university, opening up higher education for the first time to people of all beliefs and social backgrounds. You're joining a university that was founded on the principle of equality for all. UCL was the first institution in the country to accept women on equal terms with men and to accept students regardless of religion.
The university's 'spiritual father' was Jeremy Bentham, a philosopher who inspired UCL's founders to establish a university accessible to all. You'll probably hear his name a lot during your time here (and you'll see his preserved body in the Wilkins Building!)
The UCL campus
UCL's main campus is centred around the Main Quad on Gower Street in Bloomsbury.
There are several satellite sites for specific departments and faculties, such as the School of Management at Canary Wharf, and a number of medical students are based in our teaching hospitals at UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. If you're based off the main campus, remember that in most cases you'll have access to all the facilities on the main Bloomsbury campus as well as those in your local site.
We will soon be starting work on our second campus at UCL East in Stratford, which is due to open in its first phase in 2021.
Work is under way to improve and modernise our estate through the Transforming UCL programme. This includes the construction of the new Student Centre, which is due to open in late 2018 or early 2019 and which will provide 1,000 new study spaces and a centre for student enquiries. You'll see that some projects, such as 22 Gordon Street (home of The Bartlett School of Architecture) and the Wilkins Terrace and Lower Refectory have already been completed.
UCL has more than 40,000 current students and a global alumni network of more than 200,000 former students.
Over half our students are female, students from over 150 countries attend and around 5% of our students declare a disability. In short, UCL is a diverse and exciting place to study!
Structure and leadership
UCL is divided into 11 faculties: Arts & Humanities, The Bartlett (Built Environment), Brain Sciences, Engineering Sciences, the Institute of Education, Laws, Life Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences and Social & Historical Sciences. Each of these is made up of the departments, centres and institutes where students are based.
UCL's leadership team consists of the President & Provost (Michael Arthur) along with a team of Vice-Provosts, Deans of Faculties and Directors of Professional Services.
MyUCL is UCL's student newsletter, which is sent weekly to all students during term time.
For updates, news and all the latest on what's happening across the university, you can follow UCL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (where you can get involved in the #LoveUCL photo competition!)
Many departments, centres and institutes have their own local newsletters and social media accounts to update students, so look out for these!