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New Student Centre


There may be rubble ahead. Work has already begun on the site, an undeveloped area of the campus next to the Bloomsbury Theatre.

No excuses. The new Student Centre, designed in consultation with students, will have 1,000 study spaces when it opens in 2018.

Do it your way.Students will be able to find their own place where they like to work in their own particular way, enriching the more formal teaching and learning.

World leaders. The vision is to make UCL the most exciting university in the world to study and work.

Putting students first. Other additions to the student-focussed centre will include student enquiry services and IT clusters.

Eat your heart out. A dazzling new café will ensure students are able to feed their bodies as well as their minds.


Dr Celia Caulcott has been appointed Vice-Provost (Enterprise), leaving her post as Executive Director, Innovation and Skills at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and succeeding Professor David Price.

Dr Caulcott will be responsible for delivering UCL’s Enterprise agenda to create the greatest economic and societal impact, and says she is “looking forward to building on the well-established enterprise and innovation foundations laid at UCL.”


The number of short courses offered by UCL Life learning could soon burst through the 200 mark, as its popularity continues to increase.

Life Learning (www.ucl.ac.uk/lifelearning) brings together all UCL’s short courses, providing personal learning through things such as intensive summer schools, continuing professional education or executive education. Courses are delivered both face to face – through single-day or intensive blocks – or online.


A new £18.5m project to develop Bentham House is underway, designed to connect UCL’s past with its future.

The new development will include: a large reception area, linking directly to a bright and spacious central café and social hub; cutting-edge teaching and event spaces; and new offices and meeting spaces. It will also incorporate green features including bio-diverse roofs with photovoltaic arrays, in support of UCL’s sustainability agenda.

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