UCL University College London
UCL has been named the Sunday Times by the world-class intellectual generator of ideas. The UCL has given the world 26 Nobel laureates and every decade since the creation of the Nobel Prize in 1901, this figure has been growing. Traditionally, the university occupies the highest lines of world university rankings.
University College London (UCL), founded in 1826 and becoming the first university in London, was known for accepting students on the basis of democratic principles, regardless of their religion or gender. Throughout its history, UCL has been distinguished by advanced scientific works and achievements – it was here that the first Faculty of Economics in England was opened, and the study of English as a separate discipline was introduced.
Many graduates of University College London have left a noticeable mark on history. Famous UCL alumni include scientists such as Alexander Bel (creator of the telephone), Francis Crick (co-researcher of DNA structure) and John Fleming (inventor of the electron tube). Many graduates have made successful careers in business; among them is the founder of the renowned consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Edwin Waterhouse. Also, many graduates have achieved significant heights in music and journalism: three students subsequently became chief editors of the influential journal The Economist. There are many internationally prominent political figures among the graduates, including the prime ministers of Japan, Kenya and China, as well as the former president of Israel.
Year established1826. Location Southeast of England. Number of students 19,400. Student satisfaction 88%.
There are ten faculties at UCL University, on the basis of which more than a hundred different departments are represented. More than four thousand academic staff work at the university, among which the largest number of professors compared to other universities in England. In the latest ranking of research projects of universities in the UK, UCL took first place in the number of grants received: 174 awards with a total value of more than 81 million pounds. The university takes care of young scientists – now more than three thousand students receive a PhD degree.