University College London – OPAL partner in England

University College London (UCL) led OPAL's Water Centre and the development of the third national survey.

aquatic biomonitoring gallery

About UCL

University College London was founded in 1826 and was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine.

It is among the world's top universities, as reflected by its performance in a range of international rankings and tables.


The OPAL Water Centre, led by OPAL's team at University College London, inspired people of all ages to become interested in the aquatic world, and acquire the skills to observe changes in water quality through the identification of key plants and animals.

As well as running two public surveys – the OPAL water survey and
the metals survey – UCL led two research projects to learn more
about the lakes and ponds in England and to help in their conservation:

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