UCL East


Engage with us

Our new campus will be open, accessible and publicly-engaged, with spaces that can be shared and used by those who live, work or study in east London.

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We are already building strong relationships with local communities.

UCL has a proud history of being the first university in England to be open to all, regardless of gender, background or faith. As we move into east London we recognise the importance of being an active part of our local community: using our research together with the experiences of those who live and work in east London to effect meaningful long-term change.

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Public Art programme

UCL East's ambitious public art programme includes a Student Artist in Residence scheme, as well as commissions of local artists for permanent artwork for the UCL East buildings - and much more.

A participant at a Trellis exhibition


This academic, artist and community co-creation​​​​​​ project delivers a range of activity designed to support and facilitate university-community partnership working. This includes events, funding and training.

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Growing community university partnerships

As part of the Trellis project, UCL researchers can participate in community engagement and knowledge exchange activities with communities in east London.

A session organised as part of the Creating Connections project

Funding opportunities

One of the main streams of activities of the Community Engagement (East) team is to offer funding to support the development of engagement in east London.

Participants to an activity at the 2019 Great Get Together event on QEOP

Online Engagement Training

Undertake up to four online modules in public and community engagement, which will address many topics, from incorporating public engagement within your research, to planning your evaluation activities.

Girl writing on board at the Great Get Together 2019 event on QEOP

Train and Engage

This flagship training and funding programme has been developed to support UCL postgraduate research students with their ideas for engagement.

Students at an outreach museum activity

Community Volunteering in east London

Students’ Union UCL’s Volunteering Service has developed links with over 50 not-for-profit organisations across east London to promote and develop their volunteering opportunities with UCL students in mind.

Participants at a networking event as part of the Creating Connections project.

Creating Connections East

This project brings together UCL staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations in east London, with the aim of finding ways to work together.