UCL East


East Bank

UCL East is a founding partner of East Bank, a new powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, along with the BBC, Sadler's Wells, the V&A and UAL: London College of Fashion.

A new innovation, cultural and educational district

Over the coming years, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome new sites for Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music and the V&A, as well as UCL and University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion.

The project will be known as East Bank, a brand new destination for London with world-class culture and education at its heart.

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Explore our East Bank partners

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The ambition of the East Bank project is to complement London's major cultural and education centres, such as South Bank, the cluster of museums and academic institutions in South Kensington, and the Knowledge Quarter around King's Cross and Bloomsbury.

As well as the new and outstanding facilities themselves, all East Bank partners have a commitment to creating opportunities for local communities, and in raising aspiration and attainment for young people in the area.

What else will East Bank bring to the area?

  • 1.5 million additional visitors to the Park and surrounds each year
  • 2,500 new jobs
  • £1.5 billion estimated boost to the local economy

Find out more how to get involved with what is happening on the Park

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V&A East 

Over two sister sites across East Bank, the V&A will display their world-famous collections and create a new home for the museum's Collection and Research at Here East.

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Sadler's Wells

One of the world's leading dance organisations, Sadler's Wells will open a new 550-seat theatre and establish a new centre for choreographic practice and a hip hop academy, both of which will be the first of their kind in the country.

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UAL London College of Fashion 

Integrating their six current sites onto one campus and accommodating 6,500 students, LCF brings together its world-leading research community, business incubation and social enterprise centres.

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State of the art BBC music studios will be the home of recording, rehearsal studios and a purpose-built base for the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras.

London’s centre of gravity is clearly moving east and it is right that culture and education should be at the heart of this new metropolitan centre."

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan 

How we're working together

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Formal MoU with V&A

In September 2020, UCL and the V&A formalised a long-standing collaborative partnership with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that recognises both institutions' shared values and areas of interest.

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Delivering a Master's programme with LCF

Our MSc Disability, Design and Innovation includes modules taught by our East Bank partner UAL London College of Fashion. The multidisciplinary course equips students with unique insights across engineering, global policy and societal contexts of disability.

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Consultancies and placement opportunities

We are looking to further develop our relationships with East Bank partners by creating opportunities for our students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, to develop solutions to the challenges faced by institutions.

Join activities on the Park for local communities

East Summer School 2021 included 9 activities from UCL, ranging from collage and illustration workshops and writing poetry based on museum objects to working with the UCL Ventura engineers and making a documentary in a day. There were also sessions in sound engineering by BBC music, tech and dance with Sadler’s Wells, and many others.

We help to create positive experiences for locals including free events like Get Together which brought over 3,000 people together this August.

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