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Published on 26 February 2019

Participant 5, University College London

UCL is a multi-faculty university with 72 departments and covers all areas (many coursecombinations with over 250 different degree programmes to choose from). UCL hosts the largest biomedical research centre in Europe.

UCl has 36,000 students, 52% doing graduate studies (52% women and 48% men). 36% of UK students come from minority ethnic groups, 11,250 are international students from outside the EU (150 countries). Overall the staff to student ratio is 1:9.

UCL is a university at the forefront of teaching and research: approximately £430M research income annually – consistently ranked in the top 10-20 universities world-wide. 29 Nobel Prize winners were student or staff alumni of UCL.

UCL’s Astrophysics Group (, within the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is one of the largest in the UK, with research covering cosmology, galaxy formationvand evolution, star formation, stellar evolution, planetary science and instrumentation. With its 20vacademic staff members, 24 postdocs and senior fellows, 36 PhD students and 13 (technical andvadministrative) support staff, the Group carries out forefront research in many fields, while our strong instrumentation programme plays a key part in the technologies that makes our science outcomes possible.

Role in ExoplANETS_A: UCL will participate in WPs 3 and 5. G. Tinetti will coordinate and manage EXOPLANETS_A activities at UCL, and will lead WP5.