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. 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 there are plans to open a further campus on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Park in east London.

Key Facts


  • #8 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • #10 in the Complete University Guide 2021
  • #14 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2021
  • #18 of all universities globally in the Times Higher Education World rankings 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 20,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 20,000

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).
Areas of recognition

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 places UCL 2nd for Business Studies and for Law, 4th for Anthropology, Art and Design and for Architecture, 5th for Building and for Psychology, 6th for Archaeology and Forensic Science, for Economics, for Politics and for Classics and Ancient History, 7th for Anatomy and Physiology, for History and for Geography and Environmental Sciences and 8th for Linguistics.

Kings alumni at University College London

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