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The University of Toronto and the United Kingdom

  • U of T’s relationship with the United Kingdom goes back to 1827 when King’s College, the precursor to U of T, was granted its royal charter by King George IV. Nearly two centuries later, the UK is a hub of research and student mobility activity for U of T. The exchange partnerships with University College London, King’s College London, the University of Glasgow, the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh are among the most active at U of T. Additionally, U of T’s students are regularly selected as Rhodes Scholars at Oxford University. Since the inception of the prestigious scholarship in 1902, U of T has sent 89 Scholars.

    The UK is U of T’s 2nd largest research partner by number of co-authored publications. Top areas for joint publication include medicine, astronomy and physics, biochemistry, earth and planetary sciences, and neuroscience. U of T’s Faculty of Medicine has over 100 funded research ties with UK institutions and outside of Medicine, U of T maintains formal partnerships with 21 UK institutions. These include 13 of the 24 members of the Russell Group of Universities, an association of the leading UK higher education institutions committed to maintaining the best in research and teaching.

    Please note: The country and institutional pages on this website provide but a snapshot of the rich and deep relationships that the U of T community enjoys with many countries, institutions, communities and partners around the world.

    • The University of Toronto and Oxford University are the two founding institutions behind the Structural Genomics Consortium, a not-for-profit organization that supports the discovery of new medicines through open access research. SGC’s key funding partners include Genome Canada, the Ontario government, and the Wellcome Trust, UK’s largest charity and the second largest medical research charity in the world.
    • The UK Regenerative Medicine Platform is one of the inaugural international partners for U of T’s Medicine by Design initiative, undertaking transformative research and clinical translation in regenerative medicine. U of T was awarded the largest research grant in its history, $114 million from the federal government, to focus on discovering new therapies based on the design and manufacture of molecules, cells, tissues and organs that can be used to safely and effectively treat degenerative diseases.
    • Since 2001, over 1,200 students have enjoyed the experience of studying British culture and history while immersed in the UK on the Summer Abroad Program in England. The program is hosted by Worcester College, University of Oxford.

Degree students

(Fall 2015)

Student mobility

Inbound & Outbound


(Jul. 2016)

Joint publications

Co-authored Research