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Investing in a strong and sustainable research base and STEM skills pipeline.

Key facts

  • 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