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As London’s global university, UCL is committed to applying its distinctive cross-disciplinary approach to address the world’s most pressing challenges and significant questions. Building on our founding values and history of academic excellence, UCL continues to nurture and celebrate a culture of expertise and collaboration that delivers benefits to society.   

 UCL is committed to working in partnership to maximise the impact of our activities locally, nationally and globally. From working towards improving air quality in our home borough of Camden through the Camden Clean Air Partnership, to developing the Ventura breathing aid with industry partners that has treated 10,000 COVID-19 patients in 130 NHS hospitals across the UK, and in India where 600 devices are being shipped to treat patients affected by the recent surge in cases.   

Our staff and students address societal challenges facing us today – developing national health programmes to support 700,000 smokers to quit – and tomorrow – working with the tech industry to understand how AI might alter society. As we approach our bicentenary, UCL will continue to develop ways to improve people’s lives in London, the UK and around the world.  

Member stories

Students at UCL credit: Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez

SES members to play a leading role in training future scientists and engineers

Some 4,000 students will benefit from a £1bn investment in doctoral training centres for engineering and physical sciences, with SES members lead partners in almost a third of them.


Discovering positive research initiatives at SES universities

Our partner universities are at the cutting edge of research. They constantly strive to create environments where new ideas can flourish, and innovation is second nature.


The spin-outs changing our world

Spin-outs have the potential to redefine how research, patient care and product development is handled in the future. Find out about SES members’ spin-out activities.

Farmland in North Wales © Mary Hinkley

Showing our impact – REF 2021

Looking beyond SES members’ excellent performance in REF 2021 to their case studies reveals the positive impact their research is having. Here are some examples.

University College London, North West WingPhotographer: Mary Hinkley Copyright: © UCL Digital Media

The economic and social impact of UCL

UCL’s social and economic impact is £9.9bn per year and is felt across the whole UK, according to an independent report.

(Credit: Advanced Research Computing UCL)

Research technology professionals – adding value to research teams

When research technology professionals work with your team it makes for ‘happy researchers’ delegates at a SES event heard last month.

Geraint Rees UCL

Professor Geraint Rees

Executive Board Member

University College London

Matt Davis UCL

Dr Matt Davis

Operational lead

University College London