Imperial College London is one of the world’s greatest universities, renowned for its ground-breaking research, talented community of staff, students and alumni and its international reach.
With a mission to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society, the College was founded in 1907 in South Kensington, bringing together nineteenth-century institutions including the Royal College of Science, the Royal School of Mines and City and Guilds College. Today Imperial collaborates extensively with neighbouring institutions, including the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music.
From its location in this great cultural quarter, Imperial provides one of the world’s best educations in STEM subjects for more than 19,000 students, over half of whom come from overseas, reflecting its status as the UK’s most international university. Its alumni and members also include 14 Nobel laureates and three Fields Medallists.
Throughout its history, the College has been involved in many major breakthroughs, including the discovery of penicillin and the creation of the hologram. This tradition has continued with recent innovations such as wirelessly transferring power to drones in flight, the discovery of a new form of light and major new research in climate change, amongst much else.
Imperial has four academic faculties – Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences, and the Imperial College Business School – as well as a significant number of interdisciplinary research centres focusing on challenging world problems.
The College’s mission is supported by 8,500 highly diverse staff, who collaborate widely in the UK and internationally, often across disciplines. In 2019-2020, the College had a total turnover of £1.026 billion, of which £452 million directly supported research through grants and contracts.
The College’s 2020-2025 Strategy is built on underpinning foundations that make Imperial a great academic institution and the talented, diverse and inspirational people who help make up our university community. The College’s success is recognised all over the world, and is evidenced by daily coverage of Imperial discoveries and innovations in the international media.