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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.

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The University is entering a new phase of its development and will continue to innovate and evolve towards its second centenary

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 three core aims for our 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.

Read more about our vision and aims in our brochure Access to Education.

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.