UCL East


Countdown to campus opening in the QEOP

11 January 2022

UCL’s brand new campus, UCL East, is just months away from opening in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at East Bank in September as part of the education and cultural legacy of London 2012.

Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park showing UCL's Pool St West and Marshgate buildings in relation to the London Stadium, Orbit Tower and Acquatics Centre

UCL East will be home to around 60 innovative new UCL degree programmes and research in fields like decarbonising transport, biodiversity, robotics, AI, disability and accessibility, sport science and technology, manufacturing, architecture, health, finance, business, media, heritage and culture.

From September 2022, UCL will be offering not just one but two iconic locations in London to work, study and live in, building on our reputation for collaboration, disruption and innovation. It will help turn UCL’s excellence in research, teaching and learning into an even greater number of practical applications that deliver economic and social value to London and the world.

The new campus on the waterfront in the Park will include apartments for over 500 students, cafes, a shop, state of the art research laboratories, fabrication workshops, a unique urban room for public engagement, a cinema and public art installations. Frequent high-speed trains between Stratford International and London St Pancras will link UCL East with UCL’s Bloomsbury campus.

Students will study in cutting-edge new research centres on courses developed with experts from business and industry in a unique environment bringing diverse minds from different disciplines together to tackle the biggest issues facing the world today.

Themes linking research and teaching at UCL East will include sustainable cities, transformative technology,  global health, justice and equality, human wellbeing and cultural understanding, all of which are areas of priority for UCL’s Grand Challenges programme of cross-disciplinary research.

UCL is a partner of East Bank, created by the Mayor of London, and including the BBC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells and the UAL London College of Fashion; the new campus will also place UCL in the heart of the UK’s newest and biggest innovation district, SHIFT, which is set to drive enterprise and investment at the Queen Elizabeth Park, in London and beyond.

Image: London Legacy Development Corp (LLDC)

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