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UCL was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. Its founding principles of academic excellence and research aimed at addressing real-world problems, inform the university’s ethos to this day.

More than 6,000 academic and research staff are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 29 former academics and graduates and UCL ranks consistently amongst the most-cited universities in the world.

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As London’s Global University, UCL has the opportunity and the obligation to use the breadth of its intellectual expertise to help resolve some of the world’s major problems. We are seizing this opportunity to develop an innovative cross-disciplinary research agenda, which will enable us to understand and address significant issues in their full complexity. Our vision extends beyond the common understanding of what a university is; we aim not just to generate knowledge, but to deliver a culture of wisdom – that is, an academic environment committed to the judicious application of knowledge for the good of humanity.

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Bidonville en France, sous le Pont des Poissonniers, Paris XVIIIᵉ, mars 2017. André Feigeles/Wikimedia

Bidonvilles : les failles du discours Nord-Sud

Le bidonville est un phénomène de plus en plus répandu au Nord et au Sud de la planète. Dans quelle mesure peut-il être considéré comme une dimension constitutive de l’urbanisation ?
Collecting the family allowance in 1946: the Beveridge report influenced the creation of Britain’s welfare state. PA Archive/PA Images

An end to ‘want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness’: why the Beveridge report flew off the shelves in 1942

Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
Is chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, betting on tech utopia with plans to see autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2021? EU2016SK

Budget 2017: UK’s driverless cars stuck on testing roundabout

It's going to be difficult for UK government-backed autonomous vehicle projects to compete with Silicon Valley – unless they have something neat under the bonnet.

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