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Public engagement at the UCL Spark Festival 2015

UCL East will be an open, accessible and engaged university campus. We will reach out to and engage with people who live, work and study in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, making a significant contribution to realising the Olympic legacy.

We will do this by:

  • empowering staff and students to be agents for change in the community
  • enabling and supporting productive relationships with local communities
  • working with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park partners to support the delivery of the Olympic legacy
  • communicating and engaging with local communities to deliver successful construction and transition to operation.

Our initiatives 

UCL has already started engaging with people in east London through our four main engagement areas:

Widening participation

UCL has a commitment to widening participation in higher education. Every year, we work with 20,000 young people to help raise aspirations and demystify university life.

Student volunteering

UCL’s Volunteering Services Unit is one of the largest university volunteering departments in the UK.  It supports over 1,700 students a year to volunteer with local charities.

Public engagement

UCL does research that addresses real world problems, and through our Public Engagement Unit we are committed to opening up our research to people outside the university, creating a culture of two-way engagement between researchers and the public.

Museums & collections

UCL’s museums share their extensive and important collections with communities across London through a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and workshops, both inside the museums and out in the community.