University College London
OverviewUCL has a global reputation for excellence in research and is committed to delivering impact and innovations that enhance the lives of people in the UK, across Europe and around the world. Based on a research strategy that is oriented around a series of ambitious “Grand Challenges”, including the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction, UCL nurtures thriving and engaged communities of world-leading academics across the entire research and innovation spectrum, from arts and humanities to the basic and applied sciences and healthcare.
UCL is consistently placed in the global top 20 across a wide range of university rankings (currently 4th in the QS World University Rankings with a score of 98.9). Furthermore, the Thomson Scientific Citation Index shows that UCL is the 2nd most highly cited European university and 14th in the world.
UCL’s total competitively awarded research income annually stands at an impressive € 530 million, of which 10% is European funded research & innovation. UCL is one of the leading recipients of European Framework Programme grants, with over 700 projects funded during the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) including more than 100 prestigious European Research Council awards. In line with UCL’s position as Europe’s 6th most active Higher Education organisation in FP7, UCL has expanded its European Research and Innovation Office as a dedicated central support and project assurance service for all Horizon 2020 projects in which it participates. This service includes a specialist European Project Management section employing five full-time members of staff, who are currently successfully managing a total of 24 concurrent FP7 projects with a total combined budget of over €148 million. UCL now intends to build on this success and aims to successfully coordinate more Horizon 2020 projects than any other organisation in the world.
Complementing its leading research and innovation portfolio, UCL is also internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for science communication. This has been recognized through UCL’s selection as one of six national Beacons for Public Engagement in the UK, funded by the UK government to deliver a step change in science outreach and impact activities.
Last but not least, in line with Horizon 2020’s policy on Open Access, UCL’s Publications Policy continues to ensure that the standard ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ model is made common practice across the organisation.
- Mutlu Cukurova
- Manolis Mavrikis
- Kaśka Porayska-Pomsta
Relevant PublicationsLuckin, R. (2016) Mainstreaming Innovation in Educational Technology. Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Volume 2, Number 2. http://tlc.unisim.edu.sg/research/advsotl-2016/luckin.html
Hansen, A., Mavrikis, M., & Geraniou, E. (2016). Supporting teachers’ technological pedagogical content knowledge of fractions through co-designing a virtual manipulative. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 19 (2-3), 205-226. doi:10.1007/s10857-016-9344-0
Cukurova, M., Hanley, P., & Lewis, A. (2016). An international rapid evidence assessment (REA) of practical work science policy and practice. London: Springer.