Our Founding Partners

The founding partners of GDI Hub are; University College London (UCL), the Mayor of London (through the London Legacy Development Corporation), London College of Fashion UAL (LCF), Loughborough University London (LUL), the V&A Museum, Sadler’s Wells, Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre (LCD), the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the Royal College of Art and the local communities and businesses who helped to make 2012 a success by creating new models of disability innovation.

UCL is a world-leading multidisciplinary university based in Bloomsbury in central London. However, UCL are expanding East, to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. UCL is at Here East where they host GDI Hub, and will develop a new UCL East Campus from 2021. UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men; this spirit of diversity and inclusion permeates all that UCL does.

Loughborough University opened a new campus, Loughborough University London on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2015, offering taught postgraduate and research degrees. Comprised of seven institutes, LUL offers a collaborative, innovative and inspiring environment for quality teaching and research.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is the Mayoral Development Corporation responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the former site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. LLDC delivered the 2012 Paralympic Legacy programme that ultimately led to the creation of GDI Hub.

LCF is the only college in the UK to specialise in fashion education, research, and consultancy. LCF believe in using the subject of fashion, together with its industrial importance, to shape lives and drive economic and social transformation. In 2022 LCF will move to a single site on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Sadler’s Wells is a registered charity and a leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With its main theatre in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells is expanding East with a new theatre and dance studios being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The V&A is a leading museum of art and design in London’s South Kensington museum district. Expanding East, the V&A is building a new outpost on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The V&A holds many of the UK’s national collections as well as huge resources for the study of art and design.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design undertakes research and projects that contribute to improving people's lives. HHCD take an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach, working in three research areas; Age & Diversity, Healthcare and Social & Global. It is the longest-running centre for design research at the Royal College of Art

Leonard Cheshire is a charity that supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, Leonard Cheshire provide support to disability communities around the world.