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University College London, or UCL at it is more commonly known, is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK. It is consistently ranked in the UK Top 10 and its excellence is recognised across all academic disciplines. In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 it was named University of the Year.

UCL is a truly global university, with 40% of its academic staff and 38% of its students from overseas. Its main campus is located in upmarket Bloomsbury in central London, and it now has a further site at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

Key Facts


  • #6 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • #8 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  • #9 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2024
  • #22 of all universities globally in the Times Higher Education World rankings 2023
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 places UCL #1 for American Studies, Building and Information Systems and Management and #3 for Biological Sciences and Linguistics

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 21,700

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 23,000

Year founded

  • 1826

  • It is one of Europe’s most productive centres of medical and life sciences research, with links to London’s major hospitals.
  • The University’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is the UK's largest and leading multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment.
  • 29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to UCL students or staff, including William Ramsay, who won it for his discovery of the noble gases. 
  • There has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901.
  • Around 90% of UCL graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduating (Higher Education survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).
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