University College London
UCL is one of the UK’s leading universities, a world-class multidisciplinary research and teaching institution, whose staff and former students have included 26 Nobel Prize winners. Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university in England to admit students regardless of race, religion or gender. It continues to thrive on the creativity and diversity of its community which today comprises 10,000 staff, 13,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students from 130 countries across the globe.
Constitutionally part of the federal University of London, UCL is in practice an independent university, with an annual turnover of over £800 million. Its 70 departments span arts and humanities, social and historical sciences, law, architecture and the built environment, engineering sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, life and clinical sciences, and medicine. UCL includes academic units as diverse as the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture and the UCL Institute of Child Health, which is associated with Great Ormond Street Hospital.
75% of UCL’s departments received ratings of ‘excellent’ in national teaching quality reviews carried out between 1993 and 2001 and 60 departments achieved top (grade 5 and 5*) ratings in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. As a result of its track record, UCL receives substantial funding from government and charities, and more than £250 million is currently being invested in state-of-the-art facilities for cutting-edge research and teaching. Situated at the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities, UCL’s historic central campus in Bloomsbury is within easy reach of several rail and underground stations, the Eurostar terminal and Heathrow airport.