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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.
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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University College London (UCL) published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Outputs by subject (FC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||88||20.14|
Highlight of the month
Fool me once…
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.
- Nature Neuroscience 19, 1727–1732 (2016). doi: 10.1038/nn.4426
Top articles by Altmetric score in current window
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Phase 1 clinical study of an embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelium patch in age-related macular degeneration
1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018
International vs. domestic collaboration by FC
- 37.24% Domestic
- 62.76% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (264 total)
- University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK)
- Domestic institution
Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK)
King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK)
Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK)
University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)
Cancer Research UK (CRUK), United Kingdom (UK)
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK)
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK)
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK)
University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK)
Top 10 international collaborators by FC (1983 total)
- University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK)
- Foreign institution
Max Planck Society, Germany
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States of America (USA)
University of Toronto (U of T), Canada
Stanford University, United States of America (USA)
Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA)
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- ATF International Collaboration, Japan
- Alan Turing Institute, United Kingdom (UK)
- Alzheimer's Research UK UCL Drug Discovery Institute, United Kingdom (UK)
- BRIDGCE UK Network, United Kingdom (UK)
- Birkbeck-UCL Centre for NeuroImaging (BUCNI), United Kingdom (UK)
- CDF Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- COSMOS Consortium, United Kingdom (UK)
- Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases (CSGID), United States of America (USA)
- Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), United Kingdom (UK)
- Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET+), United Kingdom (UK)
- Collaborative Oncological Gene-Environment Study (COGS), Sweden
- DIAGRAM Consortium, United Kingdom (UK)
- Discoveries Centre for Regenerative and Precision Medicine, Portugal
- EPICURE Integrated Project, Italy
- EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility, United Kingdom (UK)
- Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium, United States of America (USA)
- European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA), Italy
- Expedition 302 Scientists, Sweden
- Future Circular Collider Design Study (FCC), Switzerland
- Genetic and Environmental Risk in Alzheimer's Disease (GERAD), United Kingdom (UK)
- Heliconius Genome Consortium, United Kingdom (UK)
- Human Brain Project (HBP), Switzerland
- Human Genetic Diversity in Ethiopia, Ethiopia
- Imanova Centre for Imaging Sciences, United Kingdom (UK)
- Imanova Limited, United Kingdom (UK)
- Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS), United Kingdom (UK)
- Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH), United Kingdom (UK)
- Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), United Kingdom (UK)
- Integrated Research on Developmental Determinants of Ageing and Longevity (IDEAL), Netherlands
- International Consortium for Blood Pressure (ICBP), United States of America (USA)
- International Joint Research Laboratory for Quantum Functional Materials of Henan, China
- International Schizophrenia Consortium (ISC), United States of America (USA)
- International Stroke Genetics Consortium (ISGC), United States of America (USA)
- KidneyGen Consortium, United Kingdom (UK)
- London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), United Kingdom (UK)
- Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, Germany
- Midwest Center for Structural Genomics (MCSG), United States of America (USA)
- NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in Stem Cells and Immunotherapies at University College London, United Kingdom (UK)
- NIHR School for Primary Care Research, United Kingdom (UK)
- NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, United Kingdom (UK)
- North American Brain Expression Consortium (NABEC), United States of America (USA)
- OXION Ion Channels and Disease Initiative, United Kingdom (UK)
- The 1000 Genomes Project, United States of America (USA)
- The AMD Gene Consortium, Germany
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
- The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK)
- The LUX Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- The Mechanisms of Severe Acute Influenza Consortium (MOSAIC) Project, United Kingdom (UK)
- The QT Interval International GWAS Consortium (QT-IGC), United States of America (USA)
- The ZEUS Collaboration, Germany
- Thomas Young Centre (TYC) - The London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials, United Kingdom (UK)
- Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), United States of America (USA)
- UCL Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology, United Kingdom (UK)
- UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health (IfWH), United Kingdom (UK)
- UCL Qatar, Qatar
- UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL (UK DRI UCL), United Kingdom (UK)
- UK10K Consortium, United Kingdom (UK)
- University of London, United Kingdom (UK)
- Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC), United Kingdom (UK)