UCL East


Academic vision

UCL East will be home to new degree programmes, research, innovation and technologies from across eight faculties – uniting academic activities across Experiments, Arts, Society & Technology (EAST)

Our 12 academic entities will break down traditional barriers between teaching and research. Working across our two buildings in phase 1 they will embody UCL’s commitment to discover, co-create and share knowledge for the benefit of all.


Advanced Propulsion Lab

The Advanced Propulsion Lab (APL) at UCL East will be a global centre of excellence dedicated to the decarbonisation of the transport sector


Bartlett Real Estate Institute

The Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI) is rethinking the value of real estate and will explore the impact the built environment has on society, wellbeing and our environment

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Culture Lab

The Culture Lab draws together research, learning, public engagement and enterprise to generate new skills and practices related to social science, humanities and the arts


Experiential Learning and Research Hub

East London has long been an industrial heartland and in our new campus we will break new ground with the Experiential Learning and Research Hub


Global Business School for Health

The Global Business School for Health (GBSH) will equip leading professionals with the necessary skills to meet the challenges faced by healthcare systems today


Global Disability Innovation Hub

At Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub, we want to change the way the world thinks about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation

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Institute of Finance and Technology

The Institute of Finance and Technology believes that finance should be placed at the service of society’s most pressing challenges


Institute of Making

Sometimes the world and its materials are best understood through exploration, collaboration, making and remaking. The Institute of Making at UCL East will be a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world


Manufacturing Futures Lab

The Manufacturing Futures Laboratory (MFL) will support new research focused on knowledge-based manufacturing to deliver the sustainable products and processes of the future


Nature-Smart Centre

Our Nature-Smart Centre will focus on better understanding our dependencies on natural systems and how we can operate within safe and sustainable ecological limits

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems

In any likely future, robots and autonomous systems will play a key role. UCL will be at the forefront of innovation in this area


Urbanism and the Built Environment

UCL East provides the opportunity to build collaborations, research and pedagogies to enhance understanding of the built environment

Pool Street West: Future Living Institute

The academic vision for UCL East is deliberately innovative and ambitious. As part of this, Pool Street West will house the Future Living Institute, a new multi-disciplinary home of discovery, bringing together researchers from at least five faculties.

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Looking at the past, present and future of living, both locally and internationally, it will explore global challenges such as planetary sustainability, understanding nature, environment and urbanisation, global communications, and social inclusivity. It will comprise:

  • A centre for Robotics & Autonomous Systems, part of a wider set of Experimental Engineering Labs covering a wide range of unique and innovative fields of study. The Centre will develop new robots looking at how they can be designed for their environments - in buildings, in the air, and in water - as well as how future urban environments might be designed for robots.
  • The Global Disability Innovation Hub, London's new global research centre will move from its current home at Here East to Pool Street West. It brings together the top minds in disability, design and innovation. Through collaboration and partnership, academics, innovators, corporates and the local community will explore disability from a new perspective to improve the lives of disabled people worldwide. 
  • The Culture Lab, which will offer teaching, research and engagement spaces, underpinned by new programmes in making, media, conservation and heritage, and public history. Facilities at Pool Street West will include a new foundation studio for the Slade School, and a London Memory Workshop supporting the study of UCL's East London collections as well as oral histories of the area.
  • The Nature-Smart Centre will be a research and teaching centre, using the Park as a 'living lab' to focus on three key themes: enhancing biodiversity of cities; understanding the interplay between ecological and human health; and using citizen science to engage people with the natural environment.
  • The Urban Room, part of UCL East’s work on Urbanism and the Built Environment, will be a major public and community space, hosted by academics from across UCL, for debating the past, present and future of London. The Urban Room will work closely with the London Memory Workshop and will provide opportunities for the application of knowledge towards the improvement of city dwellers worldwide.


Marshgate I

The academic vision for Marshgate is still in development. Much bigger than Pool Street West, Marshgate will serve as the centre for the UCL East academic vision - bringing together Experiment, Arts, Society & Technology (EAST), as well as all of the core themes: making, originating, connecting and living.

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Academic activities to be accommodated in Marshgate include:

  • The Culture Lab, which will offer teaching, research and engagement spaces, underpinned by new educational programmes in making, media, conservation & heritage, and public history. Activities and facilities at Marshgate will include a media lab, an object-based learning laboratory, and a suite of conservation facilities.
  • The Experiential Learning and Research Hub will support new and existing engineering programmes, and research new ways to educate and train engineers of the future.
  • The Advanced Propulsion Lab  will be a global centre of excellence dedicated to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
  • The Manufacturing Futures Lab will support new research focused on knowledge-based manufacturing to deliver the sustainable products and processes of the future. 
  • The Institute of Making, a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities
  • Urbanism and The Built Environment will focus on new approaches to global urbanisation and ethical built environment practice and the strategic use of ICT in sustainable, prosperous urban futures
  • The Institute of Finance and Technology,will provide leadership and training for future financial and business leaders, enabling close collaboration between research, financial innovation, industry, and government. It has been founded on the belief that finance should be placed at the service of society’s most pressing challenges. Professionals of the present and future will be able to experiment, exchange ideas and develop the skills and mind-set to succeed in a fast-paced world. 
  • The Global Business School for Health will equip leading professionals with the necessary skills to meet the challenges faced by healthcare systems today.


Overarching vision

The shared vision for the campus is that:

  • It will be an original place, distinctive in the connections it will make possible between: Experiments, Arts, Society, Technology (EAST). It will be open and dynamic, overcoming the conventional barriers between research, education, enterprise and public engagement, and be innovative in the approaches integrating them.
  • It will transform the integration of theory & practice and research & education, to innovation, to life-learning, to cross-disciplinarity, and to our relationship with East London and London as a whole.
  • It will be accessible to all, working in partnership with its neighbours, linking with its surroundings and the environment, the waterside, canals and the Queen Elizabeth Park, it will be an inspirational and memorable place that is distinct and confident. UCL East will be engaged with local communities to make a difference: nurturing curiosity, enabling creativity and challenging inequality.
  • It will be consist of permeable and internally connected buildings, with activities spanning vertical spaces on multiple floors, will take its users and visitors through a series of unique experiences celebrating the wonders and connections between arts, humanities, heritage, culture, engineering, technology, social sciences, business, urban living and the natural environment, revealing the relationships between humans and what they can create. Sharing of spaces and facilities will be the norm.
  • It will feature indoor and outdoor spaces for festivals, performance, collections and exhibition will provide the connection between Art and Science, Heritage and Engineering, enabling exploration of the relationships between objects, the knowledge they preserve, and the user experience that they provide through their design and engineering.
  • It will embody the spirit of the 21st century University, at the centre of London's new quarter for experiments and engineering, the arts and culture, society and technology.

Academic themes

The faculties involved in Phase 1 have worked together to identify four themes, which bring together and integrate the various academic activities: 

  • Making: We're focusing on "learning by doing": hands-on teaching and research around making, imaging and manufacturing. We'll have flexible project spaces, workshops and specialised teaching laboratories.
  • Originating: We'll be a hub for innovation activities, focusing on the intersection between humans, their social interactions and technology - ranging from robotics and cultural technology to future manufacturing and global cities. We're creating new courses for students in these areas and establishing new incubation facilities for start-ups.
  • Connecting: We're reinventing the way UCL connects with the public, creating shared academic and public spaces which are inviting and approachable. We're providing access to learning and to research findings through indoor and outdoor spaces for festivals, performances, collections and exhibitions.
  • Living: We're integrating the Olympic Park into the learning experience as a 'living laboratory', engaging people with their natural environment, and creating the space to debate the past, present and future of London. We'll have residences for students, promoting a new approach to holistic university life.