UCL is ranked seventh in the world’s top 10 universities in the 2015 QS World University Rankings, and was rated the top UK university for research strength in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. Based in central London, UCL has a global vision for its research and teaching. It has more than 6,000 academic and research staff, and around 36,000 students, a third of whom come from outside the UK.
UCL is a leader in open access, with a thriving repository, UCL Discovery. In 2015, UCL launched UCL Press, the first fully open access university press in the UK. UCL’s Open Access Team is dedicated to supporting researchers with making their work open access, and to implementing research funders’ open access requirements, including those of the Higher Education Funding Councils, the UK Research Councils, the COAF medical charities and the EU.
UCL Library Services has led a number of consortial projects in Open Access, including the London SHERPA-LEAP project, RIOJA and EPICURE, and has been responsible for work packages in the EuropeanaTravel, Europeana Libraries and Europeana Cloud projects. UCL Library Services runs the DART-Europe E-thesis Portal, which facilitates the discovery of open access research theses from hundreds of European universities. UCL Library Services is experienced at administering APC payments, and is a partner in OpenAIRE2020 Work Package 5, the FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot.