University College London (UCL) is one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK with a turnover of more than £1.2 billion a year. Based in the heart of London, it has become a research and teaching powerhouse since its foundation in 1826.

UCL was one of the best-performing universities in the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, with 43% of its research rated world-leading and a further 39% rated internationally excellent. In 2014 the neuroscientist Professor John O’Keefe was a recipient of both a Kavli Prize in Neuroscience and a Nobel Prize for his discovery of specialised brain cells that allow humans and other animals to orient themselves.

Almost 17,000 undergraduates and nearly 19,000 postgraduates fill its tightly-knit campus in Bloomsbury in central London. The university has plans to open a second campus on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Park in east London in 2019.

UCL is a truly global university, with 40% of its academic staff and 38% of its students from overseas. Its excellence lies across all academic disciplines, from The Bartlett, its world-renowned centre for architecture, to the Institute of Education - which won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015. It is also one of Europe’s most productive centres of medical and life sciences research, with links to London’s major hospitals.