University College London

Established in 1826 as London University by founders inspired by the radical ideas of Jeremy Bentham. University College London (UCL) is a public research university in London, England, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It is the third-largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrollment (and largest by postgraduate enrollment) and is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities.

UCL has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of central London, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals elsewhere in central London. In 2015/16, UCL had around 38,300 students and 14,200 staff (including around 7,100 academic staff and 840 professors) and had a total group income of £1.36 billion, of which £530 million was from research grants and contracts

UCL ranks highly in national and international league tables and its graduates rank among the most employable in the world. UCL alumni include the “Father of the Nation” of each of India, Kenya and Mauritius, the founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria, the inventor of the telephone, and one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. UCL academics discovered 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 3 Fields medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff. UCL is a member of numerous academic organisations, including the Russell Group, and is part of UCL Partners, the world’s largest academic health science centre, and the ‘golden triangle’ of research-intensive English universities.


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