University College London or UCL is a public research university in London and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It has long been considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world and ranks highly both nationally and internationally. The university started out life as the London University in 1826 and was the first university to be founded in the capital as well the first to be entirely secular, admitting students regardless of their religion. It continued to grow through mergers including the Institute of Neurology in 1997 and the School of Pharmacy in 2012. It is also responsible for a number of museums including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. UCL is a part of three of the eleven biomedical research centres established by the National Health Service around the country and is a founding member of both the Francis Crick Institute and the UCL Partners, the largest academic health science centre in the world.
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