Whether it's winning scores of Oscars, BAFTAs and Turner Prizes, or simply producing genius alumni that have revolutionised our world - here are just 24 reasons why UAL is the world's best.

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  • Reason #24

    Raymond Briggs, a Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL alumnus, created the iconic illustrated book The Snowman.

  • Reason #23

    MIND THE GAP: Harry Beck, designer of the original London Underground tube map studied and taught at London College of Printing, now London College of Communication, UAL.

  • Reason #22

    7...creative behaviours that globally-renowned artists and designers say you need for success in new UAL book, The Creative Stance: Rigour, Risk, Resilience, Agency, Imagination, Ambiguity, Provocation

  • Reason #21

    The creator of The Wombles was inspired by the students of Wimbledon College of Arts, searching the Common for items to use on their course projects.

  • Reason #20

    Not Just Frocks. London College of Fashion, UAL teaches a huge range of fashion-focused courses.

  • Reason #19

    Jarvis Cocker met the Greek girl who had 'a thirst of for knowledge' while studying at Central Saint Martins, UAL - inspiring Pulp's hit Common People in 1995.

  • Reason #18

    London College of Fashion, UAL is using fashion to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live.

  • Reason #17

    Alexander McQueen graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL in 1992. He went on to change the face of British fashion. Here, we celebrate the genius that was Alexander McQueen.

  • Reason #16

    From the Oscars to the Turner Prize, UAL alumni dominate the shortlists and podiums for all of the world's creative awards

  • Reason #15

    Camberwell College of Arts alumna Kate Moross founded 'Studio Moross' which has created work for global brands and famous names including Beyoncé and Drake

  • Reason #14

    We believe in creativity at UAL, and ensure there are 9 'creative attributes' embedded in our teaching to equip our students to graduate and change the world

  • Reason #13

    Central Saint Martins has won the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize twice - for its contribution to fashion and for its product innovation

  • Reason #12

    UAL is a leader in creative arts education and known worldwide for its six prestigious colleges, but the University began life amidst politically turbulent times 30 years ago in 1986

  • Reason #11

    Jefferson Hack founded Dazed & Confused with photographer Rankin whilst studying at London College of Printing, now London College of Communication

  • Reason #10

    We give leading arts figures honorary awards every year - here are just some of the creative geniuses we've honoured at UAL

  • Reason #9

    Which house would the Sorting Hat put you into? Both Snape (Alan Rickman) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) studied at Chelsea College of Arts, or should that be Slytherin College of Arts...

  • Reason #8

    The Stanley Kubrick Archive, based at London College of Communication, is over 800m long - that's 2.5 times higher than The Shard

  • Reason #7

    Central Saint Martins is consistently named the world's No.1 Fashion Design School of the year by Business of Fashion.

  • Reason #6

    London College of Fashion's Pigeons & Peacocks magazine landed in 2008 and is sold in 18 countries worldwide.

  • Reason #5

    There is an estimated 22,000 universities in the world, and UAL is ranked in the global top 5 for art and design.

  • Reason #4

    UAL is proud of its international reputation, and is home to nearly 19,000 students from more than 130 countries

  • Reason #3

    The mavericks. The trend-setters. The game-changers. UAL's alumni can genuinely claim to have changed the world

  • Reason #2

    'UAL is the world's biggest factory for trouble' - Grayson Perry, UAL Chancellor and Turner Prize winning artist

  • Reason #1

    We are UAL: Throughout the 2016/17 academic year we will be celebrating 30 years since our colleges first came together.