Who we are and what we do

Legal framework

The University was incorporated originally by Royal Charter in 1836 and is at present, incorporated by Royal Charter granted in 1863. It is now governed by the University of London Act 1994 , and by the Statutes made under it. The governing body of the University is the Board of Trustees and the principal officer is the Vice-Chancellor.

How the institution is organised

You can find a detailed description of how the University is organised at the Structure of the University page. This includes the management structure and details of the institutes and departments,  the Board of Trustees and the Collegiate Council.

Our contact details, as well as a link to the Colleges, Institutes and departments attached to the University, can be found by following the links at the top of this page.

Organisations which the university has responsibility for and those it works in partnership with, those it sponsors and companies wholly owned by it

The University of London is a federation of 17 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation, together with a number of acclaimed Central Academic Bodies and Activities. Teaching and research is carried out by the Colleges and Central Academic Bodies. The University offers a wide range of academic and commercial services, from careers advice and IT services to conference venues and printing. Many of these are available to use not only by members of the University community but by the public in general.
Student activities

The University provides a wide range of student services.