University College London

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University College London (UCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom and the largest constituent college of the federal University of London.[2] Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university institution to be founded in London and the first in England to be established on an entirely secular basis, to admit students regardless of their religion and to admit women on equal terms with men.[3] UCL became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836.

UCL is organised into eight constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL's main campus is located in the Bloomsbury area of Central London, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals located elsewhere in Central London. The UCL School of Energy and Resources is based in Adelaide, Australia. UCL is a major centre for biomedical research; it is part of three of the 12 biomedical research centres established by the NHS in England and is a founding member of UCL Partners, the largest academic health science centre in Europe.[4] For the period 1999 to 2009 it was the 13th most-cited university in the world (and the most-cited university in Europe).[5] UCL had a total income of £714 million in 2008/09, of which £249 million was from research grants and contracts.[6]

UCL has over 4,000 academic and research staff and 648 professors, the highest number of any British university.[7] There are currently 36 Fellows of the Royal Society, 26 Fellows of the British Academy, 10 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 78 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences amongst UCL academic and research staff.[8] There are 21 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields Medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff, the most recent being Sir Charles K. Kao, who received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2009. UCL is ranked 21st in the world (and 3rd in Europe) in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities,[9] 4th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) in the 2010 QS World University Rankings[10] and 22nd in the world (and 5th in Europe) in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[11]

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