UCL was also the first to admit women on equal terms with men. Today, UCL is an inspiring university in which to work and study and it continues to thrive on the diversity and creativity of its community. UCL is committed to using its vast range of expertise to help resolve the global problems faced by the world today and improve humanity’s circumstances through the UCL Grand Challenges programme. The underlying philosophy of the programme is that solutions to complex and systemic problems emerge only when different kinds of expertise and methodologies are brought together.
As an academic institution that is committed to promoting real change and addressing key challenges that the world is facing today, UCL aims to contribute to the transition to a circular economy and embed circular economy principles in taught courses and research activities across different disciplines. UCL has created a network of academics to develop projects in the area of the circular economy and launched the UCL circular economy lab (CircEL) as a cross-disciplinary research and teaching hub to assist business and other key stakeholders with the challenges in the transition towards more circular systems (www.ucl.ac.uk/circular-economy- lab).
UCL is committed to developing the scientific and socio-economic understanding and technological basis for design and implementation of systems, processes and policy that will support the transition to a circular economy. With access to the full width and depth of UCL expertise, CircEL has capability of tackling circular economy related problems of any size or stage of development through integration of material, engineering, design and policy and socio-economic approaches. CircEL’s aim is to ensure that research and technology development are driven by the real needs of the industrial community and aims to work in partnership with businesses and other stakeholders in tackling the complex challenges of the transition to circular models. Collaborative research at CircEL covers a wide variety of areas from technology development, design, material expertise to policy analysis. CircEL is currently seeking dialogue with businesses to help prioritise research goals based on industrial relevance and commercial potential.