Building an exciting future on the firm foundations of our past
Launched in 1826 as London University, UCL was the first such institution to be established in the Capital, the first in England to be entirely secular and the first to admit women. Today, it’s one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research universities, ranking highly in national and international league tables.
There are at least 29 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields medalists amongst our alumni and current and former staff.
Our roots in medicine, healthcare and medical technology go deep. Our academics have played key roles in many important breakthroughs, from the discovery of the structure of DNA to the discovery of hormones. In addition, as part of UCLPartners, we’re integral to the world’s largest academic health science centre.
We bring together ideas, innovations and industry
UCL’s first technology transfer company was founded in 1993, becoming UCL Business (UCLB) in 2006 to provide a link between the university’s academics and entrepreneurs beyond.
‘As drivers of innovation, we use our expertise to commercialise the exceptional ideas of UCL researchers, to benefit society and the economy.’
This supports UCL’s Grand Challenges of increasing our positive impact on and contribution to Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.
Our mission is not an empty philosophy but one we’ve proven in practice. That’s why we’ve become renowned for aiding the development of commercially valuable technologies arising from UCL’s faculties, particularly in the field of biomedical research.