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£ 1.335 billion (university); £1.357 billion (consolidated) (2015-16)

CHANCELLOR The Princess Royal (as Chancellor of the University of London
University of London
)

PROVOST Michael Arthur

CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL Dame DeAnne Julius
DeAnne Julius

ACADEMIC STAFF 7,070 (2014/15)

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF 4,910 (2014/15)

STUDENTS 38,313 (2015/16)

UNDERGRADUATES 17,846 (2015/16)

POSTGRADUATES 20,467 (2015/16)

LOCATION London, United Kingdom

VISITOR Terence Etherton
Terence Etherton
(as Master of the Rolls _ex officio _)

COLOURS

AFFILIATIONS List

* Alan Turing Institute
Alan Turing Institute
ACU ENTER European University Association Francis Crick Institute G5 Golden triangle LERU Russell Group SES Thomas Young Centre UCL Partners UCLH University of London
University of London
URA Universities UK

WEBSITE ucl.ac.uk

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UCL) is a public research university in London
London
, England
England
, and a constituent college of the federal University of London
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.

Established in 1826 as LONDON UNIVERSITY by founders inspired by the radical ideas of Jeremy Bentham , UCL was the first university institution to be established in London, and the first in England
England
to be entirely secular and to admit students regardless of their religion. UCL also makes the contested claims of being the third-oldest university in England
England
and the first to admit women. In 1836 UCL became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London
London
, which was granted a royal charter in the same year. It has grown through mergers, including with the Institute of Neurology (in 1997), the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (in 1998), the Eastman Dental Institute (in 1999), the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (in 1999), the School of Pharmacy (in 2012) and the Institute of Education (in 2014).

UCL has its main campus in the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
area of central London
London
, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals elsewhere in central London
London
and a satellite campus in Doha, Qatar . UCL is organised into 11 constituent faculties , within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL operates several culturally significant museums and manages collections in a wide range of fields, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
and the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy , and administers the annual Orwell Prize in political writing. 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
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.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1826 to 1836 – London
London
University * 1.2 1836 to 1900 – University College, London
London
* 1.3 1900 to 1976 – University of London, University College * 1.4 1976 to 2005 * 1.5 2005 to 2010 * 1.6 2010 to 2015 * 1.7 2015 to present

* 2 Campus and locations

* 2.1 Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
* 2.2 UCL East * 2.3 Other sites

* 3 Organisation and administration

* 3.1 Governance

* 3.1.1 List of Provosts

* 3.2 Faculties and departments * 3.3 Finances * 3.4 Terms * 3.5 Logo, arms and colours * 3.6 Secularism * 3.7 Memberships, affiliations and partnerships

* 4 Academics

* 4.1 Faculty and staff * 4.2 Research * 4.3 Medicine * 4.4 Admissions * 4.5 Foundation programmes * 4.6 Libraries * 4.7 Museums and collections * 4.8 Rankings and reputation

* 5 Commercial activities

* 5.1 UCL Business * 5.2 UCL Consultants * 5.3 UCL Press * 5.4 Imanova

* 6 Student life

* 6.1 Student body * 6.2 UCL Union * 6.3 Sport * 6.4 Mascot * 6.5 Rivalry with King\'s College London
London
* 6.6 Student campaigns * 6.7 Student housing

* 7 Notable people

* 7.1 Notable faculty and staff * 7.2 Notable alumni * 7.3 Heads of state, government and international organisations

* 8 Notes * 9 References * 10 Further reading * 11 External links

HISTORY

Main article: History of University College London
London

1826 TO 1836 – LONDON UNIVERSITY

_ The London
London
University_ as drawn by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd
Thomas Hosmer Shepherd
and published in 1827–1828 (now the UCL Main Building )

UCL was founded on 11 February 1826 under the name LONDON UNIVERSITY, as an alternative to the Anglican
Anglican
universities of Oxford and Cambridge. London
London
University's first Warden was Leonard Horner , who was the first scientist to head a British university. _ Henry Tonks ' 1923 mural The Four Founders of UCL_

Despite the commonly held belief that the philosopher Jeremy Bentham was the founder of UCL, his direct involvement was limited to the purchase of share No.633, at a cost of £100 paid in nine installments between December 1826 and January 1830. In 1828 he did nominate a friend to sit on the council, and in 1827 attempted to have his disciple John Bowring appointed as the first professor of English or History, but on both occasions his candidates were unsuccessful. This suggests that while his ideas may have been influential, he himself was less so. However, Bentham is today commonly regarded as the "spiritual father" of UCL, as his radical ideas on education and society were the inspiration to the institution's founders, particularly the Scotsmen James Mill (1773–1836) and Henry Brougham (1778–1868).

In 1827, the Chair of Political Economy at London
London
University was created, with John Ramsay McCulloch as the first incumbent, establishing one of the first departments of economics in England. In 1828 the university became the first in England
England
to offer English as a subject and the teaching of Classics and medicine began. In 1830, London
London
University founded the London
London
University School, which would later become University College School
University College School
. In 1833, the university appointed Alexander Maconochie , Secretary to the Royal Geographical Society, as the first professor of geography in the UK. In 1834, University College Hospital
University College Hospital
(originally North London
London
Hospital) opened as a teaching hospital for the university's medical school.

1836 TO 1900 – UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON

In 1836, London
London
University was incorporated by royal charter under the name _University College, London_. On the same day, the University of London
London
was created by royal charter as a degree-awarding examining board for students from affiliated schools and colleges, with University College and King\'s College, London
London
being named in the charter as the first two affiliates.

The Slade School of Fine Art was founded as part of University College in 1871, following a bequest from Felix Slade .

In 1878, the University of London
University of London
gained a supplemental charter making it the first British university to be allowed to award degrees to women. The same year, UCL admitted women to the faculties of Arts and Law and of Science, although women remained barred from the faculties of Engineering and of Medicine (with the exception of courses on public health and hygiene). While UCL claims to have been the first university in England
England
to admit women on equal terms to men, from 1878, the University of Bristol
University of Bristol
also makes this claim, having admitted women from its foundation (as a college) in 1876. Armstrong College, a predecessor institution of Newcastle University , also allowed women to enter from its foundation in 1871, although none actually enrolled until 1881. Women were finally admitted to medical studies during the First World War in 1917, although after the war ended limitations were placed on their numbers. _ William Ramsay is regarded as the "father of noble gases_".

In 1898, Sir William Ramsay discovered the elements krypton , neon and xenon whilst professor of chemistry at UCL.

1900 TO 1976 – UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

In 1900, the University of London
University of London
was reconstituted as a federal university with new statutes drawn up under the University of London Act 1898. UCL, along with a number of other colleges in London, became a school of the University of London. While most of the constituent institutions retained their autonomy, UCL was merged into the University in 1907 under the University College London
London
(Transfer) Act 1905 and lost its legal independence.

1900 also saw the decision to appoint a salaried head of the college. The first incumbent was Carey Foster , who served as Principal (as the post was originally titled) from 1900 to 1904. He was succeeded by Gregory Foster (no relation), and in 1906 the title was changed to Provost to avoid confusion with the Principal of the University of London. Gregory Foster remained in post until 1929. In 1906, the Cruciform Building was opened as the new home for University College Hospital .

UCL sustained considerable bomb damage during the Second World War, including to the Great Hall and the Carey Foster Physics Laboratory. The first UCL student magazine, _ Pi Magazine _, was published for the first time on 21 February 1946. The Institute of Jewish Studies relocated to UCL in 1959.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory was established in 1967. In 1973, UCL became the first international link to the precursor of the internet, the ARPANET.

Although UCL was among the first universities to admit women on the same terms as men, in 1878, the college's senior common room, the Housman Room, remained men-only until 1969. After two unsuccessful attempts, a motion was passed that ended segregation by sex at UCL. This was achieved by Brian Woledge (Fielden Professor of French at UCL from 1939 to 1971) and David Colquhoun , at that time a young lecturer in pharmacology.

1976 TO 2005

The Wilkins Building in 1956 Today

In 1976, a new charter restored UCL's legal independence, although still without the power to award its own degrees. Under this charter the college became formally known as UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, having previously formally been "University of London, University College" since its incorporation into the University. This name abandoned the comma used in its earlier name of "University College, London".

In 1986, UCL merged with the Institute of Archaeology . In 1988, UCL merged with the Institute of Laryngology & Otology, the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Institute of Urology "> The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies building, which was opened in 2005

In 2005, UCL was finally granted its own taught and research degree awarding powers and all UCL students registered from 2007/08 qualified with UCL degrees. Also in 2005, UCL adopted a new corporate branding under which the name University College London
London
was replaced by the simple initialism UCL in all external communications. In the same year, a major new £422 million building was opened for University College Hospital on Euston Road , the UCL Ear Institute was established and a new building for the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies was opened.

In 2007, the UCL Cancer Institute was opened in the newly constructed Paul O'Gorman Building. In August 2008, UCL formed UCL Partners , an academic health science centre , with Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital
for Children NHS Trust , Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust , Royal Free London
London
NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust . In 2008, UCL established the UCL School of Energy "> The Torrens Building
Torrens Building
in Adelaide
Adelaide
, South Australia , which houses the UCL School of Energy and Resources

In June 2011, the mining company BHP Billiton agreed to donate AU$10 million to UCL to fund the establishment of two energy institutes – the Energy Policy Institute, based in Adelaide, and the Institute for Sustainable Resources, based in London.

In November 2011, UCL announced plans for a £500 million investment in its main Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
campus over 10 years, as well as the establishment of a new 23-acre campus next to the Olympic Park in Stratford in the East End of London. It revised its plans of expansion in East London
London
and in December 2014 announced to build a campus (UCL East) covering 11 acres and provide up to 125,000m2 of space on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park . UCL East will be part of plans to transform the Olympic Park into a cultural and innovation hub ("Olympicopolis") where UCL will open its first school of design, a centre of experimental engineering and a museum of the future, along with a living space for students.

The School of Pharmacy, University of London
University of London
merged with UCL on 1 January 2012, becoming the UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL School of Pharmacy
within the Faculty of Life Sciences. In May 2012, UCL, Imperial College London
London
and the semiconductor company Intel
Intel
announced the establishment of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities, a London-based institute for research into the future of cities.

In August 2012, UCL received criticism for advertising an unpaid research position; it subsequently withdrew the advert.

UCL and the Institute of Education formed a strategic alliance in October 2012, including co-operation in teaching, research and the development of the London
London
schools system. In February 2014, the two institutions announced their intention to merge, and the merger was completed in December 2014.

In September 2013, a new Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) was established within the Faculty of Engineering, one of several initiatives within the university to increase and reflect upon the links between research and public sector decision-making.

In October 2013, it was announced that the Translation Studies Unit of Imperial College London
London
would move to UCL, becoming part of the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society. In December 2013, it was announced that UCL and the academic publishing company Elsevier would collaborate to establish the UCL Big Data Institute. In January 2015, it was announced that UCL had been selected by the UK government as one of the five founding members of the Alan Turing Institute (together with the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and Warwick), an institute to be established at the British Library
British Library
to promote the development and use of advanced mathematics, computer science, algorithms and big data .

2015 TO PRESENT

UCL School of Management is located at Level 38, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf

In August 2015, the Department of Management Science and Innovation was renamed as the School of Management and plans were announced to greatly expand UCL's activities in the area of business-related teaching and research. The School is currently being moved from the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
campus to One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.

UCL established the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) in 2015 to promote interdisciplinary research in humanities and social sciences. The prestigious annual Orwell Prize for political writing moved to the IAS in 2016.

In June 2016 it was reported in the _ Times Higher Education _ that as a result of administrative errors hundreds of students who studied at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute between 2005–6 and 2013–14 had been given the wrong marks, leading to an unknown number of students being attributed with the wrong qualifications and, in some cases, being failed when they should have passed their degrees. A report by UCL’s Academic Committee Review Panel noted that, according to the Institute’s own review findings, senior members of UCL staff had been aware of issues affecting students' results but had not taken action to address them. The Review Panel concluded that there had been an apparent lack of ownership of these matters amongst the Institute’s senior staff.

In December 2016 it was announced that UCL would be the hub institution for a new £250 million national dementia research institute, to be funded with £150 million from the Medical Research Council and £50 million each from Alzheimer\'s Research UK and the Alzheimer\'s Society .

In May 2017 it was reported that staff morale was at "an all time low", with 68% of members of the academic board who responded to a survey disagreeing with the statement "UCL is well managed" and 86% with "the teaching facilities are adequate for the number of students". Michael Arthur, the Provost and President, linked the results to the "major change programme" at UCL. He admitted that facilities were under pressure following growth over the past decade, but said that the issues were being addressed through the development of UCL East and rental of other additional space.

CAMPUS AND LOCATIONS

BLOOMSBURY

See also: Filming at UCL The Wilkins Building and main quadrangle The Rockefeller Building on University Street, one of UCL's largest premises

UCL is primarily based in the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
area of the London
London
Borough of Camden , in Central London
London
. The main campus is located around Gower Street and includes the biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, geography, history, languages, mathematics, management, philosophy and physics departments, the preclinical facilities of the UCL Medical School , the London
London
Centre for Nanotechnology , the Slade School of Fine Art , the UCL Union , the main UCL Library, the UCL Science Library, the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
Theatre , the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology , the Grant Museum of Zoology and the affiliated University College Hospital
University College Hospital
. Close by in Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
are the UCL Cancer Institute, the UCL Faculty of the Built Environment (The Bartlett) , the UCL Faculty of Laws , the UCL Institute of Archaeology , the UCL Institute of Education , the UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL School of Pharmacy
, the UCL School of Public Policy and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies .

The area around Queen Square in Bloomsbury, close by to the main campus, is a hub for brain-related research and healthcare, with the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and UCL Institute of Neurology located in the area along with the affiliated National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery . The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and the affiliated Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital
for Children are located adjacently, forming a hub for paediatric research and healthcare. The UCL Ear Institute , the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and the affiliated Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and Eastman Dental Hospital are located nearby in east Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
along Gray\'s Inn Road and form a hub for research and healthcare in audiology and dentistry respectively.

Notable UCL buildings in Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
include the UCL Main Building , including the Octagon , Quad, Cloisters and the Wilkins building designed by William Wilkins ; the Cruciform Building, Gower Street (a red, cross-shaped building previously home to University College Hospital); and the Rockefeller Building, University Street, home to the original University College Hospital
University College Hospital
Medical School and named after the American oil magnate John D. Rockefeller after support from the Rockefeller Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
in the 1920s. Due to its position within London
London
and the historical nature of its buildings, including most notably the UCL Main Building and Quad, UCL has been used as a location for a number of film and television productions, including _ Doctor in the House
Doctor in the House
_ (1954), _Gladiator _ (2000), _The Mummy Returns _ (2001), _The Dark Knight _ (2008) and _ Inception _ (2010).

A number of important institutions are based near to the main campus, including the British Library
British Library
, the British Medical Association
British Medical Association
, the British Museum
British Museum
, Cancer Research UK , Gray\'s Inn , the Medical Research Council , RADA
RADA
, the Royal Academy of Art , the Royal Institution and the Wellcome Trust . Many University of London
University of London
schools and institutes are also close by, including Birkbeck, University of London
London
, London
London
Business School , the London
London
School of Hygiene seven are UCL academic staff, including the Provost, three UCL professors and three non-professorial staff; and two are UCL students. The Chair is appointed by Council for a term not normally exceeding five years. The Chair is _ex officio_ Chair of the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee, Nominations Committee and Remuneration and Strategy Committee. The current Chair of the Council is Dame DeAnne Julius.

UCL's principal academic and administrative officer is the President and Provost, who is also UCL's designated principal officer for the purposes of the Financial Memorandum with the Higher Education Funding Council for England
England
(HEFCE). The Provost is appointed by Council after consultation with the Academic Board, is responsible to the Council, and works closely with its members, and especially with the Chair of Council. The current and tenth Provost and President of UCL is Michael Arthur , who replaced Sir Malcolm Grant in 2013.

Vice-Provosts are appointed by the Provost, through the Council, to assist and advise the Provost as required. The Vice-Provosts are members of the Provost's Senior Management Team. There are presently six Vice-Provosts (for Education, Enterprise, Health, International, Research, and Operations).

The Deans of UCL's faculties are appointed by Council and, together with the Vice-Provosts and the Director of Finance and Business Affairs, form the members of the Provost's Senior Management Team. The Deans' principal duties include advising the Provost and Vice-Provosts on academic strategy, staffing matters and resources for academic departments within their faculty; overseeing curricula and programme management at faculty level; liaising with Faculty Tutors on undergraduate admissions and student academic matters; overseeing examination matters at faculty level; and co-ordinating faculty views on matters relating to education and information support.

List Of Provosts

* Sir Gregory Foster (1906–1929) * Sir Allen Mawer (Wikidata; Reasonator ) (1930–1942) * David Pye (1943–1951) * Sir Ifor Evans (1951–1966) * Lord Annan (1966–1978) * Sir James Lighthill
James Lighthill
(1979–1989) * Sir Derek Roberts (1989–1999; 2002–2003) * Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith (1999–2002) * Sir Malcolm Grant (2003–2013) * Michael Arthur (2013–present)

FACULTIES AND DEPARTMENTS

Drayton House, which houses the Faculty of Economics The UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL School of Pharmacy
building The Faculty of Engineering Sciences building The Bedford Way building, home to the UCL Institute of Education and the Departments of Geography, Psychology and Language See also: Category:Departments of University College London
London

UCL's research and teaching is organised within a network of faculties and academic departments. Faculties and academic departments are formally established by the UCL Council, the governing body of UCL, on the advice of the Academic Board, which is UCL's senior academic authority. UCL is a comprehensive university with teaching and research across the full range of the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical, biological and medical sciences, engineering and the built environment, although it does not currently have a veterinary, music, drama or nursing school. UCL is currently organised into the following 11 constituent faculties:

FACULTY ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH STAFF (as at 30 April 2012) UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (2011/12) POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS (2011/12)

UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities 328 2,157 1,075

UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences 1,249 722 1,457

UCL Faculty of the Built Environment (The Bartlett) 355 570 1,241

UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences 667 2,049 1,642

UCL Faculty of Laws 137 528 458

UCL Faculty of Life Sciences 798 1,183 486

UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences 754 2,187 677

UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences 1,257 1,773 1,342

UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences 1,092 64 815

UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences 621 2,539 1,894

UCL Institute of Education n/a n/a n/a

_Total_ _5,277 (ex. Institute of Education)_ _13,772 (ex. Institute of Education)_ _11,087 (ex. Institute of Education)_

To facilitate greater interdisciplinary interaction in research and teaching UCL also has three strategic faculty groupings:

* the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (comprising the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences); * the UCL School of the Built Environment, Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (comprising the UCL Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and UCL Faculty of Mathematical and * the UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, UCL Faculty of Laws, UCL Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences and the UCL School of Slavonic ">

Former UCL logo, in use until 2005 *

UCL "coat of arms"

SECULARISM

From its foundation the college was deliberately secular; the initial justification for this was that it would enable students of different Christian traditions (specifically Roman Catholics , Anglicans and Protestants ) to study alongside each other without conflict. UCL has retained this strict secular position and, unlike most other UK universities, has no specific religious prayer rooms. There has, however, been a Christian chaplaincy since 2005 and there is no restriction on religious groups among students. A "quiet contemplation room" also allows prayer for staff and students of all faiths.

MEMBERSHIPS, AFFILIATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

The main building of University College Hospital
University College Hospital

UCL is a constituent college of the federal University of London, of which it was one of the two founding members in 1836 (the other being King\'s College London
London
).

UCL is a founding member of the Russell Group , an association of 24 British research universities established in 1994, and of the G5 lobbying group, which it established in early 2004 with the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Imperial College London
London
and the London
London
School of Economics . UCL is regarded as forming part of the "golden triangle ", an unofficial term for a set of leading universities located in the southern English cities of Cambridge, London
London
and Oxford including the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Imperial College London, King's College London
London
and the London
London
School of Economics.

UCL has been a member of the League of European Research Universities since January 2006, and is currently one of five British members (the others being the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxford and Imperial College London). Other international groupings that UCL is a member of include the Association of Commonwealth Universities
Association of Commonwealth Universities
, the European University Association and the Universities Research Association . UCL has a major collaboration with Yale University
Yale University
, the Yale UCL Collaborative , and has hundreds of other research and teaching partnerships, including around 150 research links and 130 student-exchange partnerships with European universities.

UCL has been a member of the SES engineering and physical sciences research alliance since May 2013, which it formed with the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Southampton and Imperial College London
London
(King's College London
London
subsequently joined in 2016). UCL is a member of the Thomas Young Centre , an alliance of London
London
research groups working on the theory and simulation of materials; the other members are Imperial College London, King's College London
London
and Queen Mary University of London. UCL is one of the five founding members of the Alan Turing Institute
Alan Turing Institute
, the UK's national institute for data sciences (together with the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and Warwick). It also operates the London
London
Centre for Nanotechnology , a multidisciplinary research centre in physical and biomedical nanotechnology, in partnership with Imperial College London. The Francis Crick Institute building

UCL has a close partnership with University College London
London
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ; the Trust's hospitals are teaching sites for the UCL Medical School , UCL and the Trust are joint partners in the UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health , and both are members of the UCL Partners academic health science centre . UCL is a founding member of the Francis Crick Institute , a major biomedical research centre in London which is a partnership between Cancer Research UK , Imperial College London, King's College London, the Medical Research Council , the Wellcome Trust and UCL. UCL also operates the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
Research Institute, a research institute focused on basic to clinical and population studies in bacteriology, parasitology and virology, in partnership with the London
London
School of Hygiene "> John O\'Keefe , neuroscientist and the latest (2014) UCL faculty member to win a Nobel Prize (in Physiology
Physiology
or Medicine for his discovery of place cells )

UCL has made cross-disciplinary research a priority and orientates its research around four "Grand Challenges", Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

In 2014/15, UCL had a total research income of £427.5 million, the third-highest of any British university (after the University of Oxford and Imperial College London). Key sources of research income in that year were BIS research councils (£148.3 million), UK-based charities (£106.5 million), UK central government, local/health authorities and hospitals (£61.5 million), EU government bodies (£45.5 million), and UK industry, commerce and public corporations (£16.2 million). In 2015/16, UCL was awarded a total of £85.8 million in grants by UK research councils , the second-largest amount of any British university (after the University of Oxford), having achieved a 28% success rate. For the period to June 2015, UCL was the fifth-largest recipient of Horizon 2020 EU research funding, and the largest recipient of any university, with €49.93 million of grants received. UCL also had the fifth-largest number of projects funded of any organisation, with 94.

According to a ranking of universities produced by SCImago Research Group, UCL is ranked 12th in the world (and 1st in Europe) in terms of total research output. According to data released in July 2008 by ISI Web of Knowledge , UCL is the 13th most-cited university in the world (and most-cited in Europe). The analysis covered citations from 1 January 1998 to 30 April 2008, during which 46,166 UCL research papers attracted 803,566 citations. The report covered citations in 21 subject areas and the results revealed some of UCL's key strengths, including: Clinical Medicine (1st outside North America); Immunology (2nd in Europe); Neuroscience Pharmacology Psychiatry and Social Sciences, General (1st outside North America).

UCL submitted a total of 2,566 staff across 36 units of assessment to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, in each case the highest number of any UK university (compared with 1,793 UCL staff submitted to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008)). In the REF results 43% of UCL's submitted research was classified as 4* (world-leading), 39% as 3* (internationally excellent), 15% as 2* (recognised internationally) and 2% as 1* (recognised nationally), giving an overall GPA of 3.22 (RAE 2008: 4* – 27%, 3* – 39%, 2* – 27% and 1* – 6%). In rankings produced by _Times Higher Education _ based upon the REF results, UCL was ranked 1st overall for "research power" and joint 8th for GPA (compared to 4th and 7th respectively in equivalent rankings for the RAE 2008).

MEDICINE

The Cruciform Building on Gower Street houses the preclinical facilities of the UCL Medical School

UCL has offered courses in medicine since 1834, but the current UCL Medical School developed from mergers with the medical schools of the Middlesex Hospital (founded in 1746) and the Royal Free Hospital (founded as the London
London
School of Medicine for Women in 1874). Clinical medicine is primarily taught at the Royal Free Hospital, University College Hospital
University College Hospital
and the Whittington Hospital
Whittington Hospital
, with other associated teaching hospitals including the Eastman Dental Hospital , Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital
, Moorfields Eye Hospital , the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital .

UCL is a major centre for biomedical research. In a bibliometric analysis of biomedical and health research in England
England
for the period 2004–13, UCL was found to have produced by far the highest number of highly cited publications of any institution, with 12,672 (compared to second-placed Oxford University with 9,952). UCL is part of three of the 20 biomedical research centres established by the NHS in England – the UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre , the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and the NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre. In the latest round of Department of Health funding for the 5 years from April 2017, the three UCL-affiliated biomedical research centres secured £168.6 million of the £811 million total funding nationwide, the largest amount awarded to any university and significantly higher than second-placed Oxford University (with £126.5 million).

UCL is a founding member of UCL Partners , the largest academic health science centre in Europe with a turnover of approximately £2 billion. UCL is also a member of the Francis Crick Institute based next to St Pancras railway station . It is one of the world's largest medical research centres, housing 1,250 scientists, and the largest of its kind in Europe.

ADMISSIONS

UCAS
UCAS
Admission Statistics

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

APPLICATIONS 41,540 40,355 38,330 36,015 34,005

OFFER RATE (%) 63.0 61.7 56.7 55.6 43.4

ENROLS 5,590 5,455 5,030 4,900 4,395

YIELD (%) 21.4 21.9 23.1 24.5 29.8

APPLICANT/ENROLLED RATIO 7.43 7.40 7.62 7.35 7.74

AVERAGE ENTRY TARIFF n/a 501 505 500 520

Bentham House, the main building of the UCL Faculty of Laws

Admission to UCL is highly selective. For undergraduate entry, many of UCL's courses require three A grades at A Level , or a grade equivalent of 6,6,6 on higher level subjects on the International Baccalaureate Program . Due to a very high proportion of applicants receiving the highest school grades, UCL, along with institutions such as Imperial College London
London
and the University of Cambridge, was one of the first universities in the UK to make use of the A* grade at A-Level (introduced in 2010) for admissions to courses including Economics, European Social and Political Studies, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Theoretical Physics and Psychology. The university gives offers of admission to 61.7% of its applicants, the 6th lowest amongst the Russell Group .

Undergraduate law applicants are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law and undergraduate medical applicants are required to take the BioMedical Admissions Test . Applicants for European Social and Political Studies are required to take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) should they be selected for an assessment day. Some UCL departments interview undergraduate applicants prior to making an offer of admission.

Undergraduate subjects with the highest applicants to places ratio at UCL in 2015 included Architecture BSc (14:1 ratio), Economics BSc (Econ) (11:1 ratio), Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) MEng (10:1 ratio), English BA (10:1 ratio), Fine Art BA (23:1 ratio), Law LL.B (16:1 ratio) and Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc (30:1 ratio).

FOUNDATION PROGRAMMES

UCL runs intensive one-year foundation courses that lead to a variety of degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities. Called the UCL University Preparatory Certificate , the courses are targeted at international students of high academic potential whose education systems in their own countries usually do not offer qualifications suitable for direct admission. There are two pathways – one in science and engineering called the UPCSE; and one in the humanities called UPCH. The same courses run at the Centre for Preparatory Studies at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
. Students completing this course progress onto undergraduate programmes at Nazarbayev University.

LIBRARIES

The Donaldson Reading Room, part of UCL's Main Library The UCL Institute of Education's Newsam Library, the largest education library in Europe

The UCL library system comprises 17 libraries located across several sites within the main UCL campus and across Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
, linked together by a central networking catalogue and request system called Explore. The libraries contain a total of over 2 million books. The largest library is the UCL Main Library, which is located in the UCL Main Building and contains collections relating to the arts and humanities, economics, history, law and public policy. The second largest library is the UCL Science Library, which is located in the DMS Watson Building on Malet Place and contains collections relating to anthropology, engineering, geography, life sciences, management and the mathematical and physical sciences. Other libraries include the UCL Bartlett Library (architecture and town planning), the Cruciform Library (general clinical and medical sciences), the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Library (oral health sciences), the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library (archaeology and egyptology), the UCL Institute of Education's Newsam Library (education and related areas of social science), the UCL Institute of Neurology Rockefeller Medical Library (neurosurgery and neuroscience), the Joint Moorfields Eye Hospital & the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Library (biomedicine, medicine, nursing, ophthalmology and visual science), the UCL Language & Speech Science Library (audiology, communication disorders, linguistics & phonetics, special education, speech "> The Flaxman Gallery

UCL is responsible for several museums and collections in a wide range of fields across the arts and sciences, including:

* PETRIE MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY : one of the leading collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. Open to the public on a regular basis. * UCL ART MUSEUM: the art collections date from 1847, when a collection of sculpture models and drawings by the neoclassical artist John Flaxman was presented to UCL. There are over 10,000 pieces dating from the 15th century onwards including drawings by Turner , etchings by Rembrandt , and works by many leading 20th century British artists. The works on paper are displayed in the STRANG PRINT ROOM, which has limited regular opening times. The other works may be viewed by appointment. * FLAXMAN GALLERY: a series of plaster casts of full-size details of sculptures by John Flaxman is located inside the Main Library under the central dome of the UCL Main Building. * GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE ANATOMY : a diverse Natural History collection covering the whole of the animal kingdom. Includes rare dodo and quagga skeletons. A teaching and research collection, it is named after Robert Edmund Grant , UCL's first professor of comparative anatomy and zoology from 1828, now mainly noted for having tutored the undergraduate Charles Robert Darwin at the University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
in the 1826–1827 session. Open at limited fixed times and by appointment. * GEOLOGY COLLECTIONS: founded around 1855. Primarily a teaching resource and may be visited by appointment. * INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY COLLECTIONS : Items include prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts from many parts of the world, the Petrie collection of Palestinian artefacts, and Classical Greek and Roman ceramics. Visits by appointment only. * ETHNOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS: This collection exemplifying Material Culture holds an enormous variety of objects, textiles and artefacts from all over the world. Visits by appointment only. * GALTON COLLECTION: The scientific instruments, papers and personal memorabilia of Sir Francis Galton . Housed in the department of biology. Visits by appointment only. * SCIENCE COLLECTIONS: Diverse collections primarily accumulated in the course of UCL's own work, including the operating table on which the first anaesthetic was administered. Items may be a viewed by appointment.

RANKINGS AND REPUTATION

Rankings _ARWU _ (2016, national) 3

_ARWU _ (2016, world) 17

_QS _ (2018, national) 3

_QS _ (2018, world) 7

_THE _ (2016/17, national) 4

_THE _ (2016/17, world) 15

_CWTS Leiden _ (2017, national) 4

_CWTS Leiden _ (2017, world) 26

_Complete _ (2018, national) 7

_ The Guardian
The Guardian
_ (2018, national) 10

_Times/Sunday Times _ (2017, national) 6

International

UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's leading universities. In the 2016 _ Academic Ranking of World Universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities
_, UCL is ranked 17th in the world (and 3rd in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 8th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) for Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, joint 51st to 75th in the world (and joint 10th in Europe) for Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences, 9th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) for Life & Agricultural Sciences, joint 51st to 75th in the world (and joint 14th in Europe) for Natural Sciences and Mathematics and joint 51st to 75th in the world (and joint 12th in Europe) for Social Sciences.

In the 2017/18 _ QS World University Rankings _, UCL remained ranked 7th in the world (and 3rd in Europe). In the 2017/18 faculty rankings it is ranked joint 18th in the world (4th in Europe) for Arts and Humanities, joint 53rd in the world (15th in Europe) for Engineering and Technology, 11th in the world (4th in Europe) for Life Sciences and Medicine, 62nd in the world (18th in Europe) for Natural Sciences, and joint 30th in the world (6th in Europe) for Social Sciences and Management. In the 2017/18 Rankings by Subject, UCL is ranked in 37 subjects, of which 35 are in the world top 100 and 16 are in the world top 20. It is ranked in the world top 10 for ten subjects: Anthropology (10th), Archaeology (3rd), Architecture (2nd), Anatomy & Physiology
Physiology
(joint 4th), Dentistry (6th), Education and Training (1st), Geography (8th), Medicine (9th), Pharmacy & Pharmacology (8th) and Psychology (joint 8th). In the QS Graduate Employability Ranking, UCL is ranked 24th.

In the 2016/17 _ Times Higher Education World University Rankings _, UCL is ranked 15th in the world (and 5th in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 4th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) for Arts and Humanities, 6th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, 12th in the world (and 6th in Europe) for Computer Science, joint 38th in the world (and 12th in Europe) for Engineering and Technology, 12th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Life Sciences, joint 23rd in the world (and 8th in Europe) for Physical Sciences and 14th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for Social Sciences. In the 2017 _ Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings_, UCL is ranked 16th in the world. In the 2015 _Times Higher Education Global Employability University Ranking_, UCL is ranked 48th in the world.

In the 2017 _U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking _, UCL is ranked 23rd in the world (4th in Europe). UCL is ranked 5th in the world in the 2016/17 _University Ranking by Academic Performance _. UCL is ranked 16th in the world (2nd in Europe) for number of publications and 26th in the world (6th in Europe) for quality of publications in the 2017 _ CWTS Leiden Ranking
CWTS Leiden Ranking
_. UCL is ranked 17th in the world in the 2017 _ Round University Ranking _. National

In _ The Sunday Times _ 10-year (1998–2007) average ranking of British universities based on consistent league table performance, UCL was ranked 5th overall in the UK. UCL is one of only eight universities (along with the other members of the G5 , Bath , St Andrews and Warwick ) to have never been outside the top 15 in one of the three main domestic rankings between 2008-2017.

UCL is considered one of the top multi-faculty universities in UK university rankings . In the 2013 _Guardian University Guide_ subject tables, UCL is ranked first in six subject areas (out of a total of 46): Archaeology and Forensics, Architecture, Art and Design, Civil Engineering, English, and Psychology. In the 2016 _Complete University Guide_ subject tables, UCL is ranked in the top 10 in 26 subjects, and is ranked first for Building. In a 2015 _Times Higher Education_ study UCL was chosen as the 8th best university in the UK for the quality of graduates according to recruiters from the UK's major companies.

COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

UCL has significant commercial activities and in 2014/15 these generated around £155 million in revenues. UCL's principal commercial activities include UCL Business , UCL Consultants, and catering and accommodation services. UCL also participates in a number of commercial joint ventures, including EuroTempest Ltd and Imanova Ltd.

UCL BUSINESS

Main article: UCL Business

UCL Business (UCLB) is a technology transfer company which is wholly owned by UCL. It has three main activities: licensing technologies, creating spin-out companies, and project management. UCLB supports spin-out companies in areas including discovery disclosure, commercialisation, business plan development, contractual advice, incubation support, recruitment of management teams and identification of investors. In the area of licensing technoloiges, UCLB provides commercial, legal and administrative advice to help companies broker licensing agreements. UCLB also provides UCL departments and institutes with project management services for single or multi-party collaborative industry projects.

UCLB had a turnover of £8 million in 2014/15 and as at 31 July 2015 had equity holdings in 61 companies.

UCL CONSULTANTS

UCL Consultants (UCLC) is an academic consultancy services company which is wholly owned by UCL. It provides four main service offerings: Academic Consultancy, Testing & Analysis, Expert Witness, and Training "> Performers at the 2014 UCL summer ball

STUDENT BODY

In the 2014/15 academic year UCL had a total of 35,615 students, of whom 16,830 were undergraduate and 18,785 were postgraduate. In that year, UCL had the third-largest total number of students of any university in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(after the Open University
Open University
and the University of Manchester), and the largest number of postgraduate students.

In 2013/14 87% of UCL's students were full-time and 13% part-time, and 54% were female and 46% male. In 2013/14, 12,330 UCL students were from outside the UK (43% of the total number of students in that year), of whom 5,504 were from Asia, 3,679 from the European Union
European Union
ex. the United Kingdom, 1,195 from North America, 516 from the Middle East, 398 from Africa, 254 from Central and South America, and 166 from Australasia.

As of 31 July 2015, UCL had around 220,000 alumni across 190 countries, of whom around 137,000 were based in the United Kingdom (and approximately 60,000 were based in London). The largest alumni communities outside of the UK are in the United States, Greece and China.

UCL UNION

The main UCL Union building situated on Gordon Street Main article: University College London
London
Union

Founded in 1893, the UCL Union is one of the oldest students' unions in England, although postdating the Liverpool Guild of Students which formed a student representative council in 1892. UCL Union operates both as the representative voice for UCL students, and as a provider of a wide range of services. It is democratically controlled through General Meetings and referendums, and is run by elected student officers. The Union has provided a prominent platform for political campaigning of all kinds in recent years. It also supports a range of services, including numerous clubs and societies, sports facilities, an advice service, and a number of bars, cafes and shops. The union is also responsible for the organisation of a number of events, including, amongst others, the college's annual summer ball.

There are currently over 150 clubs and societies under the umbrella of the UCL Union, including: Pi Media (responsible for _ Pi Magazine _ and _Pi Newspaper_, UCL's official student publications); UCL Union Debating Society, UCL's oldest and the third oldest student society in the UK; UCL Union Film Society, one of the country's oldest film societies with past members including Christopher Nolan; University College London
London
Dramatic Society; and _ The Cheese Grater
The Cheese Grater
_ (a student magazine containing a mix of news investigations and humorous items).

SPORT

UCL Union runs over 50 sports clubs, including UCL Cricket Club (Men's and Women's as well as Medical School clubs), UCL Boat Club (Men's and Women's clubs), UCL Cross Country and Athletics Club and UCL Rugby Club (Men's and Women's as well as Medical School clubs).

UCL clubs compete in inter-university fixtures in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition in a range of sports, including basketball, cricket, fencing, football, hockey, netball, rugby union and tennis. In the 2014/15 season, UCL finished in 24th position in the final BUCS rankings of 151 participating higher education institutions.

UCL sports facilities include a fitness centre at the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury, a sports centre in Somers Town and a 90-acre athletics ground in Shenley.

MASCOT

UCL mascot is Phineas Maclino, or Phineas, a wooden tobacconist's sign of a kilted Jacobite Highlander stolen from outside a shop in Tottenham Court Road during the celebrations of the relief of Ladysmith , part of the Second Boer War , in March 1900. This establishment of mascots at both UCL and King's saw the beginning of mascotry, where Phineas would be kidnapped by King's and then this act would be revenged by UCL. In 1922, Phineas was briefly stolen by King's, and later during the 1927 rag the King's mascot 'Reggie the Lion' was captured by UCL students and his body filled with rotten apples. In 1993, the university's centenary year, Phineas was placed in the third floor bar of 25 Gordon Street and the bar named after him.

RIVALRY WITH KING\'S COLLEGE LONDON

UCL's Tom Brocket attacks in his team's 2014 Varsity victory. UCL's traditional rivalry with King's College is nowadays most noticeable at the annual varsity rugby game Main article: King\'s College London
London
and UCL rivalry

UCL has a long-running, mostly friendly rivalry with King\'s College London
London
, which has historically been known as "Rags". UCL students have been referred to by students from King's as the "Godless Scum of Gower Street", in reference to a comment made at the founding of King's, which was based on Christian principles. UCL students in turn referred to King's as "Strand Polytechnic".

The King's' mascot, Reggie the Lion , went missing in the 1990s and was recovered after being found dumped in a field. It was restored at the cost of around £15,000 and then placed on display in the students' union. It is in a glass case and filled with concrete to prevent theft, particularly by UCL students who once castrated it. In turn, King's' students are also believed to have once stolen Phineas, a UCL mascot. It is often claimed that King's' students played football with the embalmed head of Jeremy Bentham . Although the head was indeed stolen, the football story is a myth or legend which is unsupported by official UCL documentation about Bentham available next to his display case (his auto-icon) in the UCL cloisters. The head is now kept in the UCL vaults.

STUDENT CAMPAIGNS

Student campaigns at UCL have included: UCLU Free Education Campaign (a campaign for the return of free and non-marketised higher education); the London
London
Living wage Campaign (a campaign for a basic minimum wage for all UCL staff); Disarm UCL (a campaign which successfully persuaded UCL not to invest in defence companies); and Save UCL (this name has been used by two campaigns: one in 2006 which opposed a merger between UCL and Imperial College London
London
in 2006, and a more recent one against education cuts).

As part of the protests against the UK Government\'s plans to increase student fees , around 200 students occupied the Jeremy Bentham Room and part of the Slade School of Fine Art for over two weeks during November and December 2010. The university successfully obtained a court order to evict the students but stated that it did not intend to enforce the order if possible.

STUDENT HOUSING

Frances Gardner House Main article: Halls of residence at University College London
London

All first-year undergraduate students and overseas first-year postgraduates at UCL are guaranteed university accommodation. The majority of second- and third-year undergraduate students and graduate students find their own accommodation in the private sector; graduate students may apply for accommodation but places are limited.

UCL students are eligible to apply for places in the University of London
London
intercollegiate halls of residence. The halls are: Canterbury Hall, Commonwealth Hall, College Hall, Connaught Hall , Hughes Parry Hall and International Hall near Russell Square in Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
; Lillian Penson Hall (postgraduates only) in Paddington
Paddington
; and Nutford House in Marble Arch . Some students are also selected to live in International Students House .

In 2013, a new student accommodation building on Caledonian Road was awarded the Carbuncle Cup and named the country's worst new building by Building Design Magazine, with the comment "this is a building that the jury struggled to see as remotely fit for human occupation". Islington Council had originally turned down planning permission for the building, but this had been overturned on appeal.

NOTABLE PEOPLE

Main article: List of people associated with University College London
London
See also: List of Nobel laureates affiliated with University College London
London
, List of University College London
London
people in the Law , School of Slavonic and East European Studies § Notable alumni and staff , and Slade School of Fine Art § Notable alumni

UCL alumni include Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
(leader of the Indian independence movement ), Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell
(inventor of the telephone), Francis Crick (co-discoverer of the structure of DNA), William Stanley Jevons (early pioneer of modern Economics), Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta
("Father of the Nation" of Kenya), Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah
(founder of Ghana and "Father of African Nationalism") and Charles K. Kao
Charles K. Kao
("Godfather of broadband "). Notable former staff include Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
("Father of the Nation" of Czechoslovakia"), Peter Higgs (proposer of the Higgs mechanism which predicted the existence of the Higgs boson ), Lucien Freud (artist) and Sir William Ramsay (discoverer of all of the naturally occurring noble gases).

Nobel Prizes have been awarded to at least 29 UCL academics and students (18 of which were in Physiology
Physiology
">

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
*

Francis Crick *

John Stuart Mill *

A. E. Housman *

William Stanley Jevons *

Marie Stopes *

Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore
*

Gustav Holst *

Joseph Lister *

Otto Hahn *

Peter Higgs *

Charles K. Kao
Charles K. Kao
*

Christopher Nolan *

Chris Martin *

Ricky Gervais

NOTABLE FACULTY AND STAFF

Notable former UCL faculty and staff include Jocelyn Bell Burnell (co-discoverer of radio pulsars ), A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt
(writer), Ronald Dworkin (legal philosopher and scholar of constitutional law), John Austin (legal philosopher, founder of analytical jurisprudence ), Sir A.J. Ayer
A.J. Ayer
(philosopher), Sir Ambrose Fleming (inventor of the first thermionic valve, the fundamental building block of electronics), Lucian Freud (painter), Andrew J Goldberg OBE (Chairman of Medical Futures), Peter Higgs (the proposer of the Higgs mechanism , which predicted the existence of the Higgs boson ), Andrew Huxley (physiologist and biophysicist ), William Stanley Jevons (economist), Sir Frank Kermode (literary critic), A. E. Housman (classical scholar), Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
(first President of Czechoslovakia and "Father of the Nation"), John Stuart Mill (philosopher), Peter Kirstein CBE (computer scientist, significant role in the creation of the Internet), George R. Price (population geneticist ), Edward Teller ("Father of the Hydrogen Bomb
Hydrogen Bomb
"), David Kemp (the first scientist to demonstrate the existence of the otoacoustic emissions ) and Dadabhai Naoroji (Indian Parsi leader, the first Asian to be elected to UK House of Commons). William Bayliss , co-discoverer of Secretin , the first identified hormone

All five of the naturally occurring noble gases were discovered at UCL by Professor of Chemistry Sir William Ramsay , after whom Ramsay Hall is named.

Hormones were first discovered at UCL by William Bayliss and Ernest Starling , the former also an alumnus of UCL.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Notable UCL alumni include:

– artists including Sir William Coldstream (realist painter), Wyndham Lewis (vorticist painter), Antony Gormley (sculptor), Augustus John (painter, draughtsman and etcher), Gerry Judah (artist and designer), Ben Nicholson
Ben Nicholson
(abstract painter), Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (sculptor and artist) and Ibrahim el-Salahi (artist painter and former diplomat);

– authors including Edith Clara Batho , Raymond Briggs , Robert Browning , G. K. Chesterton , David Crystal , Stella Gibbons , Clive Sansom , Sean Thomas , Marie Stopes , Helen MacInnes , Rabindranath Tagore and Demetrius Vikelas
Demetrius Vikelas
(who was also the first President of the International Olympic Committee );

– businesspeople including Colin Chapman (founder of Lotus Cars ), Demis Hassabis (co-founder and CEO of DeepMind ), Lord Digby Jones (former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry ) and Edwin Waterhouse (founding partner of the professional services firm PwC
PwC
);

– doctors and surgeons including Archie Cochrane (medic, researcher, and pioneer of evidence-based medicine), Jane Dacre (current President of the Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians
), Jeremy Farrar (current Director of the Wellcome Trust ), Clare Gerada (previous President of the Royal College of General Practitioners ), Joseph Lister (pioneer of antiseptic surgery) and Clare Marx (current President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
England
); Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell

– engineers and scientists including Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone), Francis Crick (co-discoverer of the structure of DNA), Hans Eysenck (psychologist who created the modern scientific theory of personality), John Ambrose Fleming (inventor of the vacuum tube), Jaroslav Heyrovský (father of the electroanalytical method) and Charles Kuen Kao (pioneer of the use of fibre optics in telecommunications);

– entertainers, musicians, composers and filmmakers including Ken Adam (designer famous for set designs for the James Bond films ), Brett Anderson (lead singer of the band Suede ), Justine Frischmann (lead singer of the band Elastica ), Ricky Gervais (comedian and actor), Gustav Holst (composer), all of the members of the band Coldplay
Coldplay
( Chris Martin , Jonny Buckland , Guy Berryman
Guy Berryman
and Will Champion ), Christopher Nolan (director of films including _The Dark Knight saga_), Franny Armstrong (director), Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes (members of the band Keane ), and Jonathan Ross (television presenter);

– journalists and commentators including A. A. Gill (columnist), three former editors of _ The Economist _, most notably Walter Bagehot , two editors of _ The Times Literary Supplement _, Jonathan Dimbleby (television and radio current affairs presenter), Tom Dyckhoff (architecture critic and TV presenter), former ITN Home Affairs Correspondent Sarah Cullen and Simon Inglis (architectural historian and sports writer);

– politicians including Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
(leader of the Indian independence movement), Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta
(first Prime Minister, first President and "Father of the Nation" of Kenya), Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah
(first Prime Minister, President and "Founder" of Ghana and "Father" of African Nationalism), Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (first Prime Minister and "Father of the Nation" of Mauritius), Chaim Herzog (former President of Israel
President of Israel
), Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (first Prime Minister of Nigeria), Itō Hirobumi (first Prime Minister of Japan ), Junichiro Koizumi (former Prime Minister of Japan), Wu Tingfang (Acting Premier during the early years of the Republic of China), and Sir Stafford Cripps
Sir Stafford Cripps
(former Chancellor of the Exchequer );

– lawyers including a Lord Chancellor ( Lord Herschell ); Chief Justices of England
England
( Lord Woolf ), Hong Kong (Sir William Meigh Goodman and Sir Yang Ti-liang ), the British Supreme Court for China and Japan (Sir Nicholas John Hannen ), India ( A. S. Anand ), Malaysia ( Arifin Zakaria ), Nigeria ( Samuel Eson Johnson Ecoma ), Ghana (Samuel Azu Crabbe ), The Straits Settlements (Sir G. Aubrey Goodman ) and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Rt. Hon. Sir Vincent Floissac ); two Masters of the Rolls (Lord Cozens-Hardy and Sir George Jessel ); and Attorneys-General of England
England
( Lord Goldsmith and Baroness Scotland ), Singapore ( Tan Boon Teik and Chao Hick Tin ), Hong Kong (Thomas Chisholm Anstey ) and Gambia ( Hassan Bubacar Jallow );

– sports people including David Gower (former captain of the England
England
cricket team), Patrick Head (co-founder of the Williams Formula One team) and Christine Ohuruogu (Olympic and World 400 metres gold medalist); and

– statisticians including Karl Pearson (founder of the world's first university statistics department at UCL) and Kirstine Smith (credited with the creation of optimal design of experiments).

HEADS OF STATE, GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS

*

Itō Hirobumi *

Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta
*

Junichiro Koizumi *

Tomáš G. Masaryk *

Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah

STATE/GOVERNMENT INDIVIDUAL OFFICE

_ Barbados_ Sir Elliott Belgrave Governor-General (2011–)

_ Barbados_ Sir Bernard St. John Prime Minister (1985–1986)

_Commonwealth of Nations_ Baroness Patricia Scotland Secretary General (2016–)

_ Council of Europe_ Terry Davis Secretary General (2004–2009)

_ Cyprus_ Nicos Anastasiades (Νίκος Αναστασιάδης) President (2013–)

_ Czechoslovakia_ Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
First President (1918–1935)

_ Ghana_ Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah
First Prime Minister of the Gold Coast , first Prime Minister , first President (1952–1966)

_ Israel_ Chaim Herzog (חיים הרצוג) President (1983–1993)

_ Japan_ Itō Hirobumi (伊藤 博文) First Prime Minister (1885–1888, 1892–1896, 1898, 1900–1901)

_ Japan_ Junichiro Koizumi (小泉純一郎) Prime Minister (2001–2006)

_ Kenya_ Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta
First Prime Minister , first President (1963–1978)

_ Mauritius_ Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Chief Minister of British Mauritius , first Prime Minister (1961–1982), Governor-General (1983–1985)

_ Nigeria_ Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa First Prime Minister (1960–1966)

__ _Queensland_ Sir Charles Lilley Premier (1868–1870)

__ _Republic of China_ Wu Tingfang (伍廷芳) Premier (1917)

_ Romania_ Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu Prime Minister (2012)

_ Saint Lucia_ Sir Vincent Floissac Governor-General (1987–1988)

_ Trinidad and Tobago_ Sir Ellis Clarke Governor-General , first President (1972–1987)

_ Turks and Caicos Islands_ Martin Bourke Governor (1993–1996)

_ Uganda_ Benedicto Kiwanuka Chief Minister of the Uganda Protectorate (1961–1962), first Prime Minister (1962)

_ United Nations_ Angie Brooks President of the United Nations General Assembly (1969–1970)

NOTES

* ^ The title of third-oldest university in England
England
is claimed by three institutions: Durham University as the third-oldest officially recognised university (1832) and the third to confer degrees (1837), the University of London
University of London
as the third university to be granted a Royal Charter (1836), and University College London
London
as it was founded as London
London
University (1826) and was the third-oldest university institution to start teaching (1828). A fourth institution, King's College London, officially claims to be the fourth-oldest university in England; it was the third university institution to receive a Royal Charter (1829) and some claim it as third oldest on that basis. Deciding which is the "third oldest university" depends largely on the definition of university status. * ^ The University of Bristol
University of Bristol
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* Bellot, H. Hale (1929). _University College, London
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