University College London (UCL) is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 42,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was founded to open up education to those who had previously been excluded from it.
At its establishment in 1826 UCL was radical in its philosophy and responsive to the needs of society and this ethos – that excellence should go hand-in-hand with enriching society – continues today. Global rankings consistently place it among the top ten universities in the world. UCL’s excellence extends across all academic disciplines: from one of Europe’s largest and most productive hubs for biomedical science interacting with the leading London hospitals, to world-renowned centres for architecture (UCL Bartlett), fine art (UCL Slade School) and education (UCL Institute of Education).
UCL is a truly international community: more than one-third of its student body – which is more than 42,000 strong – comes from 150 countries and nearly one-third of staff are from outside the UK. UCL offers postgraduate research opportunities in all of its subjects, provides around 200 undergraduate programmes and more than 400 taught postgraduate programmes. Approximately 54% of the student community is engaged in graduate studies, with a third of these graduate students pursuing research degrees.
The results of the latest staff engagement survey (published in March 2018) were especially positive and demonstrated a very committed and engaged workforce: 86% of staff said they understood how their work contributes to the objectives of their department, 83% of staff felt their work gave them a sense of personal accomplishment, 82% said they understood how their work contributes to the success of UCL as a whole and 79% said they were proud to work for UCL.
UCL is committed to the proposition that research-intensive universities should be fully engaged with the world and seek to address global issues. UCL’s focus on Global Challenges in research is complemented by its commitment to fostering Global Citizenship in its students. This commitment encompasses curriculum design, skills development, innovative learning and teaching, volunteering and preparation for a global employment market.