Our Students and Research
With more than 19,000 students from over 119 countries (49 per cent of whom are from outside the UK, with an average of 30 per cent outside the UK and EU), 4,500 staff, and an annual budget of circa £260 million, the University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university. Our University not only awards more than 7,500 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees each year but also delivers short creative courses and executive education to over 20,000 students.
The University works to provide a bridge between the educational world and professional practice, and to serve the creative industries. It combines a pursuit of academic excellence with close engagement with its business, creative and cultural partners. The University has a vibrant research culture across its six Colleges, with eight University Research Centres and three new Institutes which lead innovative research and disseminate this through exhibitions, publications, conferences, festivals and workshops.
UAL performed well in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 83 per cent of the research submitted graded as “world-leading” and “internationally excellent”. This places UAL in the overall top 30 UK research institutions in the UK for the quality of research submitted. Occupying multiple sites across London, students and staff benefit from and contribute to the enormous range of stimuli provided by what is widely considered to be the creative capital of the world.
The University’s impact and engagement extends to the global stage through its international student body, affiliations and partnerships with other universities and creative organisations that share a passion for arts. The University is led by a ten-person Executive Board, chaired by the Vice- Chancellor Nigel Carrington, and governed by a 24-person Court of Governors, chaired by David Isaac.