London, Imperial College
Consistently rated as one of the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution, whose reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students (13,000) and staff (8,200) of the highest international quality.
Innovative research at Imperial explores the interfaces between science, medicine, engineering and business to deliver practical solutions for improving the quality of life and the environment, underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. Imperial staff are frequently consulted by government and departmental committees at both national and international levels. They also act as members of professional bodies, advise industry, and regularly work with the media to improve public awareness and understanding about Imperial’s research and its impact on society.
Imperial's critical mass of expertise within its Engineering, Natural Sciences and Medicine Faculties and its Business School will help us take significant steps towards providing solutions to global problems. The high level of interaction between research areas creates a unique multidisciplinary research environment where collaborations within Imperial and with external organisations can flourish.
Since its foundation, Imperial has made several significant contributions to society, including the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. Our commitment to applying research for everyone's benefit continues today, with a particular investment in multidisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop clean and sustainable sources of energy, and increase safety and security throughout society.
Imperial nurtures a ‘can-do’ entrepreneurial culture and, as a result, has an enormous amount of intellectual capital. Our knowledge transfer activities lead to substantial licensing and industry-relevant opportunities, including about 70 spin-out companies to date, with an average of two new ones each month.
Imperial’s strong links with industry mean that it receives more research income from industry than any other UK university, with a large proportion of its total research funding (>£250 million) coming from industrial partners. In addition, Imperial receives significant funding from private and charitable foundations, such as the generous donation in February 2007 from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment to found the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.
Imperial College London was established by Royal Charter in 1907, bringing together the Royal College of Science, the City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines in London’s cultural heartland of South Kensington. Between 1988 and 2000 several London medical institutions merged with Imperial to form one of the largest medical schools in the UK. Imperial now has seven campuses in London and one in Berkshire. In July 2007, Imperial celebrated its Centenary and left the University of London to become an independent university institution.