A constituent of the University of London, University College London prides itself on having “championed independent thought by attracting and nurturing the world’s best minds” since 1826. It is the third largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrolment, largest by postgraduate enrolment and is ranked as one of the top universities in the world.
Its vision is to be London’s global university and to have a distinctive approach to research, education and innovation in order to inspire its community of staff, students and partners to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared and the way that global problems are solved.
Established in 1826 as London University by founders inspired by the ideas of English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, UCL was the first university institution to be established in the city, and the first in England to admit students regardless of their religion.
In 1836, it became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London, which was granted a Royal Charter in the same year. It has grown through mergers, including with the Institute of Neurology (in 1997), the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (in 1998), the Eastman Dental Institute (in 1999), the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (in 1999), the School of Pharmacy (in 2012) and the Institute of Education (in 2014).
UCL’s main campus sits in Bloomsbury, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals based in other parts of central London, as well as a satellite campus in Doha, Qatar. UCL is organised into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres.
Its faculties are of Arts and Humanities, Brain Sciences, the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Social and Historical Sciences and Education.
UCL has had almost 40,000 students and 14,200 staff, including around 7,100 academic staff and 840 professors. It ranks highly in worldwide league tables and its graduates rank among the most employable in the world. UCL alumni include the founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria, the inventor of the telephone, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA and, of course, Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement.
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Other notable alumni include TV presenter Jonathan Dimbleby, all members of Coldplay, comedian Ricky Gervais and film director Christopher Nolan.
UCL academics are credited with the discovering five of the naturally-occurring noble gases, co-discovered hormones, invented the vacuum tube, and made several foundational advances in modern statistics. There are at least 29 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields medallists amongst UCL's alumni and current and former staff.
Cross-disciplinary research is one of UCL’s top priorities and it orientates its research around four of what it calls ‘grand challenges’, which are global health, sustainable cities, intercultural interaction, and human wellbeing.
UCL recently had a total research income of £427.5 million, which was the third-highest of any British university, after the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.
University College London Hospital
Viewed as one of the country’s leading medical training and clinical teaching complexes, the University College Hospital’s education centre features state-of-the-art facilities that provide opportunities to healthcare professionals, enabling them to learn vital skills and improve their knowledge.
It is situated on Euston Road, within walking distance of Euston Railway Station and also close to Euston Square tube stations.
The hospital itself was unveiled by the Queen in 2005. The new education centre is custom-built to meet medical training needs, giving healthcare staff the best possible chance to develop their talents.