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UCL Engineering

How a disparate university faculty became a powerful brand

The Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL was just an administrative unit for the 9 departments that formed it. We were asked to turn it into a brand.  After talking to people in each of the departments, we were able to tease out consistent themes which distilled into three words: Change the World.

This is the essence of what engineering at UCL is: the practical application of science to make a difference in the real world. With this message we had the foundation on which all the communications could be built.

We renamed the faculty UCL Engineering, developed a new logo, and created a coherent visual look and tone of voice to ensure a cumulative effect. This has provided the foundation for communications we have created across multiple channels, a selection of which you can see here.

All this has built a powerful brand from scratch, helping recruitment of staff and students, raising morale internally, and building awareness with research bodies and industry. The transformation has been so impactful that UCL Engineering is now the single biggest financial contributor to UCL’s bottom line – £65m this year – a £28m increase over the 6 years since the re-branding.