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About Membership

Who Can Become a Member?

Membership of the Institute of Making is freely available to all UCL staff and students. On a day-to-day basis, we bring together students and staff from across UCL, hosting them in our Materials Library and multi-materials workshop spaces to make, break, fix, create, research, invent and investigate. 


UCL Staff & Students

If you are a student or member of staff at UCL with a valid ID card, you can register as a member of the Institute of Making. After completing a New Member Induction, you will be able to use our workshop facilities, browse our Materials Library, consult our technicians and join our members events – all for free. We welcome every making project, whether it’s related to your studies or not.

Register as a member

UCL Alumni & Public

If you are a member of the public or a UCL alumnus, you won’t be able to join as a member at this point in time. However, you can sign up to our mailing list to hear about our free public events, activities and material extravaganzas.

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A group of people are using tools to make things out of wood. In the foreground, one person is adjusting the legs of a stool.

Why Become a Member?

Over the years, we’ve heard many reasons why our members love being a part of the Institute of Making. These include:

  • The joy of exploring hands-on making in an encouraging and experimental environment.
  • The day-to-day drop-in access to our multi-materials workshops.
  • The freedom to make whatever you want to: whether members use our spaces to pursue hobbies, make presents for loved ones or prototype mechanisms for research, every project is welcome and important to us.
  • The support our members receive from our friendly and knowledgeable technicians.
  • The training sessions members can book, to learn how to use tools such as sewing machines, 3D printers, pottery wheels, and laser cutters.
  • The opportunity to take part in one-of-a-kind masterclasses by expert makers in areas as diverse as blacksmithing, kintsugi, embroidery, woodwork and fermentation.
  • The ability to browse and draw inspiration from our Materials Library.
  • Access to progression opportunities through our paid internship scheme and our public engagement volunteer roles.
  • The fun and supportive UCL maker community that members are welcomed into.