University College London - OverviewAt UCL we're proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. UCL is a great place to be a student - here are some of the reasons why. We are one of the world's very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. Currently we are 5th in the QS World University Rankings (2014/15) and 4th in Europe in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings (2014). We are a world-leader in research, with outstanding results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. UCL is a multi-disciplinary university, home to centres of teaching excellence in subjects from medicine to languages, law to engineering and history to astrophysics. We encourage interdisciplinary study and believe that all areas of study can inform and enrich each other. There has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901. Our central London location gives our students access not only to the best in entertainment and nightlife, but also to academic resources. We are close to, and have teaching and research links with, countless hospitals, museums, galleries, libraries and professional bodies. Around 37% of our students come from over 150 countries worldwide, and UCL has a friendly and cosmopolitan atmosphere. We work hard to embed a global perspective in all our teaching. There are plenty of opportunities to study abroad for a term or a year - around 25% of our students spend some time in another country as part of their degree programme. Around 90% of UCL graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduating, and our graduates earn around £3,000 more than the national average (data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), looking at destinations of UK and EU graduates in the 2013 cohort).
University College London - Infrastructure, Research and StudyOne of the world’s leading universities, UCL is London’s top multidisciplinary research university with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. Defining characteristics of a UCL education An exceptional learning environment UCL is rated joint-fifth in the QS World University Rankings UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10) (The Guardian university league table 2015) Based in Bloomsbury, central London, UCL is surrounded by the greatest concentration of libraries, museums, archives and professional bodies in Europe UCL attracts top academics and students from 151 different countries, resulting in a vibrant and cosmopolitan academic community. A global leader in generating new knowledge UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted Pioneering UCL research feeds directly into our graduate programmes, resulting in novel interdisciplinary programmes in emergent disciplines. Explore our 700 graduate programmes in our online prospectus UCL’s research-based teaching methodology means that research is integrated into many of our degrees and students have the opportunity to make an original contribution to their field of study. Advancing your career UCL is the fourth highest rated university in Europe for employability (Global Employability University Ranking 2014)
UCL was awarded an Employer Review score of 99.4 out of 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 The average starting salary for UCL Master’s graduates was £27,346 in 2013-14 (HESA 2013) A distinctive ethos UCL was founded in 1826 to open up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it. In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men UCL’s ethos is strongly influenced by its spiritual founder Jeremy Bentham, the utilitarian philosopher, who famously said: "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong” This philosophy manifests itself today in UCL’s approach and commitment to tackling global problems and the importance it places on global citizenship More locally, UCL is the only London university to be a Beacon of Public Engagement, working with partners to build closer involvement between universities, local communities and the wider public. What others say about UCL “Complex problems require complex responses. The only institutions in our society that bring together a range of different actors from different disciplines are universities. And UCL is paramountly the absolute best place to go to look for this kind of multidisciplinary response to one of the greatest challenges facing the world.” Dr Richard Horton, Editor of 'The Lancet', on the UCL-Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change.
University College London - Facts and NumbersUniversity College London (UCL) is one of the world's top universities. Based in the heart of London, it is a modern, outward-looking institution. At its establishment in 1826, UCL was radical and responsive to the needs of society, and this ethos – that excellence should go hand-in-hand with enriching society – continues today. UCL opened up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it. In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men. Academic excellence and conducting research that addresses real-world problems inform our ethos to this day and our plans for the future. UCL's excellence extends across all academic disciplines; from one of Europe's largest and most productive hubs for biomedical science interacting with several leading London hospitals, to world-renowned centres for architecture (UCL Bartlett) and fine art (UCL Slade School). UCL is in practice a university in its own right, although constitutionally a college within the federal University of London. With an annual turnover exceeding £1 billion, it is financially and managerially independent of the University of London. The UCL community UCL's staff and former students have included 29 Nobel prizewinners. It is a truly international community: more than one-third of our student body – more than 35,000 strong – come from 150 countries and nearly one-third of staff are from outside the UK. UCL offers postgraduate research opportunities in all of its subjects, and provides more than 200 undergraduate programmes and more than 400 taught postgraduate programmes. Approximately 54% of the student community is engaged in graduate studies, with about 29% of these graduate students pursuing research degrees. Quality of UCL's teaching and learning UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support ( Times 2013).
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014, published in December 2014) – a new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions – UCL was rated the top university in the UK for ‘research power’ (the overall quality of its submission multiplied by the number of FTE researchers submitted). It was rated top not only in the overall results, but in each of the assessed components: publications and other research outputs; research environment; and research impact. REF2014 confirmed UCL’s multidisciplinary research strength, with many leading performances across subject areas ranging from biomedicine, science and engineering and the built environment to laws, social sciences and arts and humanities. Equality
UCL is proud of its longstanding commitment to equality and to providing a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of its diverse members are respected. Location and working environment Based in Bloomsbury, UCL is a welcoming, inclusive university situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. UCL's central campus is spread across approximately three square kilometres of central London.