Research & Skills
Investing in a strong and sustainable research base and STEM skills pipeline.
- Imperial has a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK university and is ranked as the most innovative university in the UK and second in Europe (REF 2021, Reuters 2019).
- 97% of our graduates are in highly-skilled employment fifteen months after graduation – the highest figure for any major UK university (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19).
- The Imperial College London Mathematics School, scheduled to open in Autumn 2023, will accept sixth form students taking maths and further maths, with a focus on attracting more female, BAME and other underrepresented students in STEM.
The government has commited to increase R&D spend to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 - this sustained investment will enable expansion of Imperial's ambitious research, education and innovation projects that will make substantial contributions to the government’s science and innovation vision and lay the groundwork for future technologies and health resilience.
Research-intensive universities like Imperial provide a rigorous, evidence-based, inclusive educational experience that provides skilled graduates and lifelong learning opportunities for the UK labour force. Growing and sustainably funding the STEM skills pipeline is essential, especially given the essential role skilled graduates play in technology transfer.
Throughout the pandemic, we accelerated digital transformation of our education to deliver world-class, interactive teaching. We will build on these innovations to broaden our reach, developing new educational formats, engaging in lifelong learning, CPD and continually enhancing our outreach programmes.
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Transition to Zero Pollution
Transition to Zero Pollution is our pioneering programme in research, education and innovation to help society ‘transition to zero pollution’. It will inspire fundamental changes in areas such as the way materials are used in manufacturing, how we produce food and energy, and will help mitigate the impact of air pollution on people's health.
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Imperial’s enterprising culture is integral to our education and research community. Learn more about our Enterprise Lab, home to our flagship student entrepreneurship support programmes, which help students develop business ideas through masterclasses and coaching, culminating in showcases in which finalists are invited to bid for a share of a prize fund.
Learning and Teaching Strategy
Find out more about our innovative Learning and Teaching Strategy which redesigned 102 undergraduate programmes to become more interactive, aided by digital technology. Since the start of the pandemic, we have made further innovations to continue to deliver world-class, interactive teaching to equip students with the skills employers need.
Our students can join Imperial's Advanced Hackspace based in the Invention Rooms at the White City campus to get support and equipment to develop their ideas into real-world solutions. Learn more about the community bringing together inventive minds from all backgrounds, disciplines and levels of expertise to collaborate, experiment and innovate.