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The Ƶ is a unique federation of seventeen independent higher education institutions, delivering world-leading education and research across all disciplines.

Our federation in numbers

Federation members


Number of students




Courses to study


Benefits for members

As a student or member of staff at one of our federation members, you have access to a range of resources and facilities through the Ƶ.

History of the Ƶ federation

The Ƶ federation began in its earliest form in 1836, after the University was awarded its first Royal Charter. At that time, the Ƶ acted as a degree-awarding examination board for students from two colleges - University College Ƶ and King’s College Ƶ - but in 1900 was reconstituted into the federal structure we recognise today.

Over the past two centuries, the Ƶ federation has grown and changed, but the core purpose of collaboration and delivering some of the UK’s best higher education and research has remained the same. Our federation members are all independent institutions in their own right and vary widely in size and subject, but all offer the world-leading education that the Ƶ federation is known for.

Collectively, the federation’s impact on Ƶ is great. Located across the city, our members are embedded in their communities, shaping local areas and contributing to local economies through their focus on civic engagement.

Today, the Ƶ federation represents one of the largest and most diverse student bodies in the world, with over 250,000 students from 190 countries.

Federation map

The map depicting the University colleges was created in 1937 by Donald Gill, brother of Eric Gill, and includes all the federation members that made up the Ƶ at that time.

Federation members

Contact us

  • Address

    Senate House Malet Street
    WC1E 7HU
    United Kingdom