UCL (University College London) is a public university based in central London. Ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world, UCL is also the top-rated UK university for research strength. It has over 12,000 members of staff (840 professors and more than 6,000 academic and research staff) and nearly 36,000 students. UCL has the largest number of postgraduate students of any UK university.
UCL was founded in 1826 by followers of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham. In 1878 it became the first university in England to admit women on equal terms with men. UCL is a founding constituent of the University of London though it awards its own degrees and has separate governance. UCL is affiliated to prominent London teaching hospitals such as the University College London NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 29 people who are, or were, students or academics at UCL. Famous alumni include Gandhi, Alexander Graham Bell, Francis Crick, athlete Christine Ohuruogu and film director Christopher Nolan.
UCL is a founder member of the Russell Group, an association of 24 public research universities in the UK which first convened in 1994.
UCL’s academic structure consists of 11 faculties. The faculties are: Arts & Humanities, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, Brain Sciences, Engineering, the UCL Institute of Education, the Faculty of Laws, Life Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences and Social & Historical Sciences.
Just over half of the nearly 36,000-strong UCL student community are engaged in graduate studies and around a third of graduate students are pursuing research degrees. Students from 150 countries study at UCL and non-UK students make up more than one third of the student body. UCL also has two campuses overseas – in Adelaide in Australia and Doha in Qatar.
UCL also manages several museums and collections including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Grant Museum of Zoology and an Art Museum. It owns the 547 seat Bloomsbury Theatre which is currently closed until 2018.
According to a 2013 UCL staff survey, 83% of UCL staff would recommend the university as a good place to work. Employee benefits include 41 days annual leave, inclusive of public holidays and closure days.