Imperial has over 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is one of the world’s leading universities, offering degrees in the fields of science, engineering, medicine and business.

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In 2014, the UK Research Excellence Framework found 91 per cent of research at Imperial to be of a ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ standard. Imperial’s research was also ranked as first in the country for its impact.

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  • To find out more about research at Imperial and its impact, visit the Research and Innovation webpages, or the College’s News site.
  • Check the spelling section for the approved spelling of some terms relating to research.

Translation, partnership, consultancy and commercialisation

Partnership with business, academia, non-profit and healthcare organisations and government is a key priority for the College.

  • ‘Translation’ is a term used to describe the conversion of research outcomes into significant technologies.
  • A ‘corporate partnership’ is any relationship between an academic or an academic team and an industry partner, established to further research or education aims and to benefit wider society.
  • ‘Consultancy’ allows external parties to access the expertise, facilities and/or equipment available at Imperial.
  • ‘Commercialisation’ refers to the process by which successful businesses emerge out of academic research, often through technology transfer, intellectual property licensing and protection, company incubation and investment.

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