About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. Imperial'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 seventh most international university in 2023, according to Times Higher Education, with academic ties to more than 150 countries. Reuters named Imperial as the UK's most innovative university because of its exceptional entrepreneurial culture and ties to industry. 


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 2021, the UK Research Excellence Framework found Imperial has a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK university. The College ranks top in the UK overall – with a greater proportion of 4* “world-leading” research than any other UK university. Imperial ranks first in the UK for research outputs, first in the UK for research environment, and first for research impact among Russell Group universities.

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  • To find out more about research at Imperial and its impact, visit the Research and Innovation webpages, or Imperial'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 Imperial.

  • ‘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 Imperial and external parties.