About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. The College's 20,000 students and 8,000 staff are working to solve the biggest challenges in science, medicine, engineering and business.

Imperial is the world’s fifth most international university, according to Times Higher Education, with academic ties to more than 150 countries. Reuters named the College as the UK's most innovative university because of its exceptional entrepreneurial culture and ties to industry. 

Imperial staff, students and alumni are working round-the-clock to combat COVID-19. Imperial is at the forefront of coronavirus epidemiology, virology, vaccine development and diagnostics.


Imperial has over 20,000 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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  • Read about Enterprise, the division that manages corporate partnerships, commercialisation and consultancy.
  • Imperial Consultants works to establish consultancy arrangements between the College and external parties.