Strategy 2020-25

Mission and Values

Pioneering Education

The University of London – pioneering unique forms of education and research that transform lives and society.

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Mission and Values

Pioneering Education

The University of London – pioneering unique forms of education and research that transform lives and society.

The University of London is Unique

We are a federation of 17 world-leading universities

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • City, University of London
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • The Institute of Cancer Research
  • King's College London
  • London Business School
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • St George's, University of London
  • SOAS, University of London
  • UCL


Our History

We were the first university to admit students regardless of their gender, race or religion, the first to admit women to degree programme special examinations and, in 1865, the first to give students the opportunity to study our degrees anywhere across the globe.

Find out more about our history.

Our mission

  • To transform people’s lives through education, driven by a commitment to diversity, inclusion and access and a belief in their power to create new ways of knowing.

  • To deliver innovative training and postgraduate education for the new world of research and work.

  • To realise the benefits of the humanities and social sciences for society, to advocate for their importance, and to provide the intellectual infrastructure to enable new discoveries.

  • To draw on the expertise of our Member Institutions, leveraging our collective power and enabling us all to reach new constituencies and tackle new problems.

  • To strengthen bonds across regional, national, cultural, economic and political boundaries.

Our values

  • Enabling social good – societal advancement is in our heritage and our DNA. We are enablers of public and social good through the promotion of deeper, shared understanding.

  • The power of collaboration – harnessing the firepower of our network, connecting across our collective in, for and from London. 

  • Reaching for new horizons – actively learning from our progressive past, encouraging individuals to realise their potential.

Our students

  • An inclusive and diverse community of 48,000 students in 190 countries; Campuses in London and Paris; over 100 Recognised Teaching Centres in 44 countries; studying face-to-face and online; over 1 million alumni.

  • A network supported by our staff and alumni who help them develop their study skills and deepen their learning; develop their employability skills and look after their health and wellbeing. We continue to offer bursaries and forms of financial support and support them in volunteering and giving back.

  • Over 3,500 students in intercollegiate halls in London, from across Member Institutions, enjoying the best pastoral care and personal development programmes to help prepare students for independent life.