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Today, the University of London is addressing the challenges of an ever-changing national and international landscape in higher education; and responding to the shifting needs of students and researchers across the world.

The People's University

In 1859, the magazine 'All the Year Round', edited by Charles Dickens, described us as 'The People’s University', which would 'extend her hand even to the young shoemaker who studies in his garret'.

This idea is as true today as it was almost 160 years ago.

Our visions are reflected in the core aims for our future plans and activities, which are to:

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

Read more about our vision and aims in our brochure 'Supporting Global Access and Innovation'.

It is only with the support of individuals and organisations like yourself that we can continue to deliver the world-class research and teaching which has characterised us for nearly 200 years.