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University College London

University College London

UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with approximately 11,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class, religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. Our expertise in health includes: population and public health, neuroscience, mental health, drug discovery, life sciences, health inequalities, health psychology and behavior change, global health, women’s and children’s health, environment and health, ophthalmology and audiology, biomedical engineering, and e-health. Through the UCL Public Policy initiative, UCL is committed to bringing our academic expertise to bear on pressing public policy challenges by integrating knowledge and evidence from across disciplines to inform policy and supporting engagement between academics and public policy.

UCL hosts the Department of Health-funded Children’s Policy Research Unit, which provides evidence for policy and practice for the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. CPRU considers health in its broadest sense and focuses on what works, how, for whom and in what circumstances, and how families can best be supported in promoting children’s health and well-being.

The UCL Institute of Education hosts CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources), a collaboration of eight UK social and biomedical longitudinal studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service. There are currently eight studies in the CLOSER Partnership, comprising four national and three regional birth cohort studies and Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Study).

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