The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading school for education and social science. Founded in 1902, the Institute of Education currently has over 7,000 students and 1,000 staff. The Institute is active in every continent. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings, the Institute of Education was ranked number one for education worldwide. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of the Institute's research was judged to be world class, reaffirming the IOE as the UK’s leader in education research. The findings of the IOE high-quality research have influenced government activity and policy in areas from early years to higher education and workplace learning. The Institute also specialises in study and research in health, psychology and longitudinal studies, among other areas of social science. IOE undertakes around a quarter of the education research carried out in UK universities and is also one of the highest recipients of social science research funding among higher education institutions. The work of the Institute has been taken right across the world through dissemination activities and consultancies undertaken by its staff. At any one time, staff at the IOE are engaged in over 250 research and consultancy projects, including many evaluation projects, funded by research councils, charities, government departments and international agencies and it is usual for the IOE to be working with over 100 countries on a broad range of teaching, research, development and consultancy activities. The IOE has extensive experience in recent years of providing consultancy services for major projects commissioned by a wide range of funding agencies, such as the World Bank, EU, OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and bilateral agencies (e.g. DfID, British Council).
The Institute is experienced in administering projects and grants and administers over 250 grants per annum funded by Research Councils, government departments, charities and public bodies from within the UK and overseas. Projects vary in size from £1,000 to £10 million. The IOE has a comprehensive financial and research support structure which operates according to agreed policies and procedures. The IOE’s committee structure ensures these are ratified and monitored appropriately. Research administrators manage projects at both departmental level and centrally to ensure appropriate provision of specialist support.
On 2 December 2014, the Institute became a single-faculty school of UCL, called the UCL Institute of Education. www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe