The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a well-recognised education school of University College London (UCL). This is the institution which specialises well in postgraduate study and research in the field of education. It is even regarded as one among the 11 constituent faculties of the University of London. With around 700 research students in doctoral school, this institution serves as the largest education research body in the UK. It was established in the year 1826 and is located in the heart of London. This is a leading multidisciplinary university of London with 13,000 plus staff and 42,000 students from about 150 different countries. The students of the university are directly involved in research that further equips them for the future. In the 2017 QS World University Rankings, the university was ranked first in the world for education.
UCL’s main campus is located in Bloomsbury, which is said to be a fascinating place to visit in central London. A campus tour of the institution introduces students with a sense of what makes this university special and preferable among students worldwide. Be it in terms of its wide range of facilities, pioneering history, an excellent reputation, students and staff, this is the university that stands out well in all respects. The Newsam Library of the university is said to be the largest in its field in Europe as it contains 300,000 plus volumes and about 2,000 periodicals. In the UK, the UCL Institute of Education has the largest portfolio of postgraduate programmes in education with around 4,000 students taking master level programmes and over 1,200 students on PGCE teacher-training courses. At any one time, the university hosts about 100 research projects that are funded by government departments, Research Councils and other agencies. It leads the field across 11 faculties and offers a range of disciplines for the students to choose from. Some of these include Engineering Sciences, Laws, Brain Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences and Social & Historical Sciences.
The alumni network of the university boasts 250,000 alumni in 190 countries. Some of the distinguished members of its alumni network who have significantly contributed in their respective fields include Philosopher Max Black, Statistician Harvey Goldstein, Sociologist Karl Mannheim, Psychologist Philip E. Vernon, first PM of Independent Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa, Zimbabwean Novelist Balewa Irene Sabatini and Poet U. A. Fanthorpe