UCL Friends & Alumni Association

The UCL Friends & Alumni Association is a US non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and support for research, education and innovation at University College London (UCL). Additionally, the UCL Friends & Alumni Association works to connect talented American students with the opportunities offered at UCL, providing funding for Masters scholarships in global health, crime science and public policy.

UCL is committed to using its diverse intellectual community to engage with pressing global challenges made possible through generous philanthropic support. The work of the UCL Friends & Alumni Association allows alumni and supporters in the United States to effectively contribute to the ground-breaking projects and academic leadership for which UCL is renowned.

Philanthropy founded UCL as a home for disruptive thinkers. Nearly 200 years later, the UCL Friends & Alumni Association joins UCL in asking you to pledge your support to our campaign.

Join us at one of our upcoming events!

Washington D.C.

Patrick Steel (UCL Legal & Political Theory 1990), kindly invites you to join him and fellow alumni for an exclusive tour and networking opportunity at POLITICO. Following two terms in the Clinton Administration and a long career in investment banking, Patrick became Chief Executive Officer of POLITICO – an award-winning political and policy journalism organisation.

Thursday, 26 September from 5.30pm

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The UCL Boston Alumni Club is hosting an exclusive private tour of one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. The Athenaeum contains pieces of George Washington’s personal library, as well as the King’s Chapel Collection—the oldest remaining colonial library in Boston.

Monday, 30 September and Tuesday 1, October from 6.30pm

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New York

“Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? (And how to fix it.)” This question, which UCL psychologist Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic uses as the title of his new book, seems designed to provoke. But it’s a subtler matter than you might think…

The central message of his new book, though, is not to make a case for preferential treatment for women, but rather to “elevate the standards of leadership”. In his lecture, Tomas will explain how we can become better at detecting true leadership potential, become better leaders ourselves, and as a side-effect improve gender balance.

Thursday, 3 October from 6.30pm

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