Teaching & Learning


UCL Education Strategy 2016-21

UCL's five-year strategy for improving education and enhancing the student experience has been created in collaboration with the UCL community.

UCL 2034 commits us to becoming a world leader in the integration of education and research, and the 2016-21 Education Strategy will determine where we focus our attention over the next five years as we work towards that goal.

Download the full strategy as a PDF or view the objectives below.

A tutor talking to a student at UCL

Personalising student support

Objective one: to move towards personalised student support, from first contact to graduation and beyond.

A student presents her poster on behaviour to the UCL judging panel

Putting research and enquiry at the heart of learning

Objective two: embedding our Connected Curriculum framework for research-based education across the university.

Students presenting their work

Improving assessment and feedback

Objective three: UCL students are telling us that the way that we support their learning and evaluate their progress needs urgent attention.

A group of UCL students who attended the Global Citizenship Programme

Developing student engagement and leadership

Objective four: to create cultures of student engagement and leadership.

Revitalising our postgraduate taught provision

Objective five: to review and strengthen our postgraduate taught (PGT) provision in response to our changing demographics.

Teaching Room G08 in the newly refurbished Torrington Place

Creating a teaching estate to meet our needs

Objective six: to develop a teaching estate that is fit for purpose.

Students using computer and technology

Enriching digital learning

Objective seven: to establish a digital learning infrastructure that connects students with each other, with staff, with research and with the wider world.

Students working on a project together

Preparing students for the workplace and the world

Objective eight: to expand our co-curricular offer in response to student feedback about employability and our commitment to education in the round.

We consulted widely about all aspects of the strategy and spoke to over 550 staff and students who fed back through multiple consultation events.

We hosted a UCL future of education hackathon (and created illustrations based on the comments students made) and held two pop-up events in the South Cloisters. Professor Anthony Smith (Vice-Provost, Education & Student Affairs) took questions on a wide range of subjects related to the strategy at a town hall meeting open to the UCL community and with his team visited all UCL Faculty Teaching Committees throughout 2015. We also heard from staff and students in our online consultation and spoke to current UCL Academy sixth-formers at an end of term hackathon.