University College London (UCL)

United Kingdom (UK)

UCL is London's Global University, a modern, outward-looking institution with more than 5,000 academic and research staff. At its establishment in 1826, UCL was radical and responsive to the needs of society, and this ethos – that excellence should go hand-in-hand with enriching society – continues today.

UCL’s excellence extends across all the breadth of disciplines; from one of Europe’s largest and most productive hubs for biomedical science interacting with several leading London hospitals, to world-renowned centres for the built environment (UCL Bartlett) and fine art (UCL Slade School).

UCL’s staff and former students have included 29 Nobel Laureates. It is a truly international community: more than a quarter of our students and nearly a third of staff are from outside the UK. Around 45% of the nearly 29,000-strong student community is engaged in graduate studies, with more than a third of these graduate students pursuing research degrees.

In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, UCL was rated the best university in the UK on the basis of ‘research power’ (grade point average x full-time equivalent researchers submitted), as well as the highest ‘power’ ratings for Research Outputs, Research Environment and Research Impact. The REF confirmed UCL’s multidisciplinary strength, with outstanding results achieved across the subjects, ranging from biomedicine, science and engineering and the built environment to education, laws, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

UCL is independently ranked as the most productive research university in Europe (SIR). The Thomson Scientific Citation Index – which catalogues journal articles and citations in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities – shows that UCL is the second most cited European university.

The mission in UCL's 20-year institutional strategy is that of a diverse intellectual community, engaged with the wider world and committed to changing it for the better; recognised for our radical and critical thinking and its widespread influence; with an outstanding ability to integrate our education, research, innovation and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity.

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1 March 2018 - 28 February 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University College London (UCL) published between 1 March 2018 - 28 February 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

884 213.85

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 124 29.97
Physical Sciences 209 49.51
Life Sciences 536 131.39
Earth & Environmental Sciences 89 19.45

Highlight of the month

Fool me once…

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© Squaredpixels/E+/Getty

A new study lends scientific support to the old adage that small lies lead to larger ones.

Researchers at University College London devised a game in which participants estimated how many pennies were in a jar, based on a picture. They were led to believe that their estimate was being recorded by a fictitious second player. By varying who would be rewarded for accurate guesses or overestimates, the researchers manipulated the participant’s incentive to deceive their fictitious partner.

The lies grew bigger when participants were rewarded for lying. A fMRI analysis showed that the response of a brain region known as the amygdala decreased with each self-serving lie. The reduction in amygdala response also reliably predicted the scale of the next lie. Since the amygdala is associated with emotions, the increase in dishonesty may result from declining guilt about lying. Understanding the biological mechanism behind this slippery slope may help policymakers design deterrents to reduce deceit.

Supported content

  1. Nature Neuroscience 19, 1727–1732 (2016). doi: 10.1038/nn.4426

View the article on the Nature Index

1 March 2018 - 28 February 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 36.35% Domestic
  • 63.65% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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