Our Influences

Our heritage shapes the aims and ambitions we have today. The University’s strategic vision is to make a unique contribution to learning and research through an unrivalled network of member institutions, global reach and reputation, and high-quality, innovative academic services and infrastructure.

Our work is influenced by four underpinning themes that define who we are.

London and the World

London is a global hub for academic excellence. Recognised worldwide as being at the intellectual heart of the city, the University of London and the independent member institutions play a key role in the promotion of learning and knowledge  thanks to our national and international reach.

Our research and teaching is globally renowned, and across the world, the University of London plays a significant role as an ambassador for the UK’s academic endeavours.

Access and the Student Experience

Widening access to education and knowledge creation, promotion and facilitation, have been at the heart of our mission since our foundation.

The University of London International Programmes provide access to a world-class, yet flexible, education to students in over 180 countries. The School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library have a unique national remit in Humanities Research Promotion and Facilitation (RPF), while the federal University plays a vital role in enhancing student life through high quality services and facilities that provide excellent learning environments, careers advice, housing, welfare and other essential services.

The University of London is well placed to enhance the student experience through our distinctive combination of academic activity, services and facilities.

Public Benefit

The University was founded for the purpose of public benefit. That mission continues to shape our activities, not least in the provision of affordable higher education around the world delivered by the University of London International Programmes.

We contribute to our local community through public engagement projects and access to our facilities. Many of our research seminars and events are open to the public and available online, helping us to promote learning and scholarship more widely.


The relationship between the University and the independent member institutions is fundamental to our success. It is a focal point for networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration, enabling each institution to fulfil its own distinctive activities, yet where appropriate, to act together for mutual benefit, creating a potency that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The development of our work will be complementary to the activities of the
independent member institutions, and there will be an underlying principle that
University of London membership is recognised in our academic development,
service offer and property strategy.

This strategy reflects an increasingly transparent and mature relationship of
equals with a good balance of shared risk and reward. Flexibility and innovation are core attributes of this partnership, and the nature of how the University engages with its member institutions will necessarily change over time.

Contact Us

Development Office
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street