university college london
University College London
(UCL) is a university institution and constituent college
of the University of London based primarily in London, England,
United Kingdom. It was founded in 1826, as London University,
and was the first university institution to be founded in
London, the first British university to be established on
an entirely secular basis, and the first British university
to admit students regardless of their religion and gender.
In 1836, London
University, together with the recently established King's College
London, formed an association under a new Royal Charter to establish
the University of London, and at this point UCL acquired its
Although UCL voluntarily remains a constituent
college of the University of London, it is in many ways comparable
with free-standing, self-governing and independently funded
universities, awarding its own degrees. Today, with over 8,000
staff and 22,000 students, UCL is larger than most other universities
in the United Kingdom.
UCL is a member of the elite Russell Group of
Universities, a part of the 'G5' sub-group of super-elite UK
universities, and a part of the Golden Triangle.
In 2008, UCL had an annual turnover of £635
million and fixed assets worth 581£ million.The current
Provost and President of UCL is Professor Malcolm Grant.