University College London

The Institute of Education was founded in October 1902 by Sidney Webb, the celebrated social reformer, as the London Day Training College (LDTC), under the joint auspices of the University of London and of the London County Council. After occupying various premises in central London, in 1977 the Institute moved to its permanent home, 20 Bedford Way, an iconic, Grade II* listed building of the British Modernist movement designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. Today, it is unique amongst faculties of education in its scale and in the depth and breadth of its expertise, unparalleled both in its impact nationally and in its work with education systems overseas. In the 2016 QS rankings, the Institute was placed first in the world for education for the third year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Melbourne.

On 2 December 2014 the Institute and UCL merged to create a new institution with over 35,000 students, the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. The IOE joined UCL as a single Faculty School, and became known as the UCL Institute of Education.
The merger has secured the Institute's lasting influence and mission. It provides the opportunity to extend our global influence further, to work with traditional stakeholders in schools and colleges in new and more imaginative ways, and the chance to build cross-disciplinary work across the full range of higher education.

Our research addresses society's most important challenges and our teaching inspires our students by providing them with first-hand experience of leading-edge research and knowledge creation. We play an important global role, contributing to international academic and policy-related arenas and networks developing the fields of education and social science worldwide.

The UCL Institute of Education works across 100 countries. Our research, consultancy and collaborative partnerships shape policy in every continent - for governments, international and national agencies, charities and the private sector.

Our global engagement commits us to research and scholarship that has a global perspective; international partnerships that bring mutual benefit; with partners to find ways to reduce global inequalities through education; encouraging an international orientation in our staff and students; responsible and sustainable international student recruitment; an internationalised curriculum; and a strong international network of alumni.