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Founded in 1826 as the London University, in 1836 it became one of the two founding Colleges of the University of London and received a Royal Charter in the same year. It remains a constituent College of the University of London today. In 1878, UCL was the first university in the UK to admit women on an equal level as men. It also claims to be the first university to admit students regardless of class or religion.

A member of the Russell Group, UCL ranks significantly higher in all of the league tables compared to the average ranking for its fellow members of the Group. In the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, UCL came in at number seven.

Based on the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, UCL is the top university in the UK for research strength. It also has the largest amount of academic research activity in STEM subjects. Furthermore, looking at its ‘grade point average’, it scored 3.54 out of 4 on the real-world impact of its research, which put it among the top universities rated by the REF 2014.

Connected to the significant focus on research is the proportion of undergraduates and postgraduates: more than half (53%) of UCL’s total student population are postgraduates. It is also the largest postgraduate institution in the UK based on its enrollment figures. In addition to these figures, nearly half (43%) of its students are from abroad, with 13% of this figure coming from the European Union.

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