Our Vision

Innovation characterises the University of London. We were the first University in the UK to open degree programmes to women, to encourage students of all beliefs and faiths, and to welcome ordinary working people to participate in a previously closed education system.

Since we were established by Royal Charter in 1836, our vision has been to enable people to learn wherever they are, and give them the opportunity to improve their own lives and the societies in which they live.

Today, more than 50,000 students in over 180 countries are studying for a University of London degree, making us one of the largest, most diverse and inclusive universities in the world.

The School of Advanced Study and its highly acclaimed specialist Institutes play a collaborative role in promoting and facilitating research in the humanities in the UK, while Senate House Library offers students and researchers access to the University’s outstanding humanities and social science collections. We also support more than 120,000 students across London through the unique University of London partnership with independent member institutions of outstanding world-class reputation.

Our mission to provide access to education is as relevant today as it was in 1836, and is reflected in the three core aims for the University’s future plans and activities, which are to:

  • Deliver academic excellence through research and teaching
  • Widen global access to a world-class education
  • Create a collaborative programme of engagement for the public benefit.

We will expand our leading global access mission by creating new programmes that are delivered in a way fit for learning in the 21st century. We will provide more support to enable access and inclusion to higher education irrespective of location, background or financial means.

We will throw open the doors of our dynamic Institutes and libraries to allow more people to benefit from our exceptional collections and exemplary research and teaching, so that we can make an active contribution to society.

We will continue to work for the public benefit and to widen access to education and knowledge. Fundamental to our success is our ability to collaborate with everyone connected to the University of London, whether with the member institutions in London and our international partners, with our staff, our students, alumni and our friends throughout the world.