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UCL East Bank campus open from Autumn 2022

It’s an exciting time for Stratford, celebrating 10 years since the Olympic Games came to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and looking forward to the development of East Bank into London’s largest cultural and educational district. One piece of the puzzle was completed in Autumn 2022 – University College London’s new East Bank campus.

In the biggest development in the university’s nearly 200-year history, the UCL East campus now offers innovative degrees to help the brightest minds tackle some of the biggest challenges facing people and the planet today. And it is perfectly placed to partner with other world-leading organisations in the east.


Innovative opportunities for students

As the first university in England to welcome women and students of any religious or social background to university, it’s clear that UCL lives and breathes diversity and inclusivity – and its approach to the new campus is no different.

Designed for collaboration and cooperation with the local community, this new chapter of University College London aims to embody its founding principles: “to better understand global challenges by bringing together diverse viewpoints”. 

The university prides itself on teaching students how to think, rather than what to think. And the new UCL East Bank campus is doing just that by welcoming around 60 new degree programmes allowing for research into innovative fields such as biodiversity, robotics, artificial intelligence, disability and accessibility, heritage and culture, and more.

The campus features homes for over 500 students as well as state-of-the-art research laboratories, public art installations, and a unique urban room for public engagement. The first building to open its doors was One Pool Street, a ten-minute walk from Westfield shopping centre and within easy reach of Hackney Wick’s bars and restaurants.

Just a short walk from open green spaces around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; adjacent to the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games; and in a unique position to collaborate with local businesses and communities, the exciting new UCL East Bank campus gives students from all backgrounds an opportunity to help change the world.

Visit the University College London website to find out more about the cutting edge courses that are now available to students in the new UCL East campus from Autumn 2022.


Collaboration with local organisations

Once the UCL East Bank campus is fully opened, it will bring around 260 members of staff and 4,000 new students to the area, with a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer. This will provide a unique opportunity within the new East Bank development for the educational institution to collaborate with local businesses, offering fresh talent and new perspectives to enrich intern programmes, graduate schemes and the workforce as a whole.

UCL East will be offering consultancies and placement opportunities to develop relationships with organisations in the east, creating opportunities for students to undertake research within interdisciplinary teams, whilst offering businesses the chance to get involved with cutting edge research programmes.

The new campus will be accessible and open to the public, with collaborative workspaces that will inspire, as well as exhibitions and public art on display for anyone looking for some arts and culture just a stone’s throw from the office.

University College London are a founding partner of the East Bank development, which is predicted to generate around 2,500 new jobs and £1.5 billion in economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area. Read more about other organisations joining UCL at East Bank.