Our Principles

Imperial College London embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, medicine and business, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare.

The College is diverse and international - it comprises academic staff, students and support staff of varied disciplines and backgrounds. It encourages collaboration, actively opposes discrimination and recognises the importance of making a positive impact in the wider community.

This document defines the guiding principles of the Imperial community. It was developed by academic and support staff in partnership with undergraduate and postgraduate students and will be reviewed annually.
Imperial will provide through its staff:

Our Principles

A world class education embedded in a research environment

The College provides a wide range of facilities and resources to support learning and research:

The College will ensure a high standard of teaching and research supervision is maintained through embedded internal Quality Assurance processes for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The College has also defined what attributes it expects all its graduates to have developed during their time with us.

Research will be conducted under the direction of supervisors who have the necessary expertise and knowledge, and in a laboratory or other setting that is appropriately equipped.

Advice, guidance and support

The College provides pastoral support and services to enhance student well-being:

The opportunity for students to contribute to the evaluation and development of programmes and services

Imperial makes constant efforts to improve the student experience. Student feedback directs this process. There are many ways for students to contribute feedback:

Clear programme information and assessment criteria

Programme information can be found in course handbooks, programme specifications and in the undergraduate prospectus and postgraduate prospectus.

Clear and fair academic regulations, policies and procedures

The following explain the key regulations for students:

The Registry holds information on the College’s

Further information may be obtained from course handbooks, the Registry or from course organisers.

Details of full course costs and financial support

The College provides full and transparent details of course costs:

There are various funding schemes available for prospective and current undergraduate and postgraduate students:

An appropriate and inclusive framework for study, learning and research

The College provides a wide range of facilities and resources to support learning and research:

The College will ensure a high standard of teaching and research supervision is maintained through embedded internal Quality Assurance processes for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The College has also defined what attributes it expects all its graduates to have developed during their time with us.

Research will be conducted under the direction of supervisors who have the necessary expertise and knowledge, and in a laboratory or other setting that is appropriately equipped.

Take responsibility for managing their own learning

Imperial students should be independent learners and researchers. To gain the most from their time at the College students should:

  • Explore their subject area beyond any prescribed curriculum or course materials.
  • Develop new knowledge or understanding through their research projects.
  • Submit work by stated deadlines.
  • Actively explore sources of academic and pastoral support if required.
  • Develop their non-academic interests and potential.
  • Consider what professional skills they need for employability.

Help and practical advice is available in:

Engage with the College to review and enhance provision

Imperial makes constant efforts to improve the student experience. Student feedback directs this process. There are many ways for students to contribute feedback:

Respect, and contribute to, the Imperial community

Support all students through the provision of independent academic and welfare assistance

  • Imperial College Union offers The Advice Centre where students can receive impartial advice on issues relating to academic life
  • The work of the Officer Trustees is dedicated to welfare and education.

Encourage student participation in all aspects of the College

Provide a range of clubs, societies, student-led projects and social activities throughout the year

There are around 340 clubs, societies and projects which students are able to join.

Represent the interests of students at local, national and international level

The Imperial College Union expresses the views of the Imperial student body on topics relevant to students such as the cost of tuition, early student loan repayment, widening access, fee waivers, student choice and quotas.