University College London

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Group.png University College London  
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MottoCuncti adsint meritaeque expectent praemia palmae
HeadquartersLondon, UK
TypePublic research university
Sponsor ofThe Vaccine Confidence Project
Sponsored byBill & Melinda Gates Foundation

University College London, officially known as UCL since 2005, is a public research university located in London. It is the third largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrolment, and the largest by postgraduate enrolment.


UCL is a member of numerous academic organisations, including the Russell Group and the League of European Research Universities, and is part of UCL Partners, the world's largest academic health science centre, and the "golden triangle" of research-intensive English universities.

UCL is a major centre for biomedical research. It produced the highest number of highly cited publications of any institution, with 12,672 (compared to second-placed Oxford University with 9,952).


In 2016, UCL had a total income (excluding share of joint ventures) of £1.36 billion (2014/15 – £1.26 billion) and a total expenditure of £1.23 billion.

Key sources of income included £530.4 million from research grants and contracts, £421.1 million from tuition fees and education contracts, £192.1 million from funding body grants and £25.1 million from donations and endowments. At year end UCL had endowments of £100.9 million and total net assets of £1.19 billion.

In 2014/15, UCL had the third-highest total income of any British university (after the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford), and the third-highest income from research grants and contracts (after the University of Oxford and Imperial College London). For the 2015/16 academic year, UCL was allocated a total of £171.37 million for teaching and research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the highest amount allocated to any English university, of which £39.76 million is for teaching and £131.61 million is for research.

UCL launched a 10-year, £300 million fundraising appeal in October 2004, at the time the largest appeal target set by a university in the United Kingdom. UCL launched a new £600 million fundraising campaign in September 2016 titled "It's All Academic – The Campaign for UCL".

In April 2016, UCL signed a £280 million 30-year loan with the European Investment Bank, the largest loan ever borrowed by a UK university and largest ever loan by the EIB to a university.

UCL has significant commercial activities and in 2014/15 these generated around £155 million in revenues. UCL's principal commercial activities. UCL has also participated in a number of commercial joint ventures, including EuroTempest Ltd and Imanova Ltd (now part of Invicro)


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