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Academic vision: Experiments, Arts, Society, Technology

Integrating research and education, theory and practice, UCL East is connecting Experiments, Arts, Society and Technology (EAST), creating new skills and practices and breaking down barriers between disciplines and communities.

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UCL East brings together 8 faculties

Under the umbrella of the new Future Living Institute, our two buildings will be home to ground-breaking research, technology and innovation – underpinned by around 60 degree programmes across eight UCL faculties.

Our 11 academic entities are breaking down traditional barriers between teaching and research. Based across Pool Street West and Marshgate, they will embody UCL’s commitment to discover, co-create and share knowledge to solve the biggest global challenges facing future living.

They will work across areas as diverse as manufacturing, advanced propulsion, robotics, artificial intelligence, mobility, disability, planetary sustainability, wellbeing, urbanisation, finance, business, art and culture.

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Advanced Propulsion Lab

The APL will be a global centre of excellence dedicated to supporting global reductions in the environmental impacts of transport.

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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 sciences, humanities and the arts.

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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.

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Global Business School for Health

The GBSH will equip leading professionals with the necessary skills to meet the challenges faced by healthcare systems today.

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Global Disability Innovation Hub

At the GDI Hub, we want to change the way we think about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation at the global level.

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Institute of Finance and Technology

Believing that finance should be placed at the service of society, the IFT will shift the way we think about, lead, and deliver 21st century finance.

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Institute of Making

The IoM will be a multidisciplinary research club for those who want to understand the world through exploration, collaboration, making and remaking.

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Manufacturing Futures Lab

The MFL will support new research focused on knowledge-based manufacturing to deliver the sustainable products and processes of the future.

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Nature-Smart Centre

The 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.

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Urban and Built Environment Co-Labs

The Co-Labs will be building collaborations, research and pedagogies to enhance understanding of the built environment.

Our plans

The shared vision for the campus is that:

  • We will connect Experiments, Arts, Society and Technology (EAST), integrating research and education, theory and practice – with cross-disciplinarity, innovation and public engagement.
  • We are reinventing the concept of a university – creating new skills and practices and breaking down barriers between disciplines so our students can tackle problems from different perspectives, both local and global.
  • We will co-create solutions to the biggest global challenges facing future living. We will work across areas as diverse as manufacturing, advanced propulsion, robotics, artificial intelligence, mobility, disability, planetary sustainability, wellbeing, urbanisation, finance, business, art and culture.
  • Uniting theory and practice, our facilities will support the breadth of experiential learning and innovation. From design and media studios to fabrication workshops and object-based learning spaces, we will foster collaboration and promote learning by doing. Our wet and dry labs will give students and academics the latest tools to conduct experiments, whether chemical and archaeological, or mechanical and computational. We will even have our very own experimental microbrewery.
  • Our smart, connected campus will deliver health and wellbeing benefits to people and planet, integrating technology and building infrastructure with data monitoring and the Internet of Things – indoors and out.
  • We will welcome the public, government and industry with open and accessible buildings, as well as taking our research, education and innovation out of our campus and into local communities and society.
  • Performances, exhibitions, workshops and lectures will contribute to a lively, participatory learning atmosphere, while our cafés, cinema and landscaped surroundings will help make UCL East a destination in its own right.