Imperial is home to the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university
Explore just some of the ways Imperial research helps make the world a healthier, safer and cleaner place to live.
Bowel cancer screening
A national screening programme to detect the early stages of colorectal cancer will prevent 3,000 deaths a year.
Major construction endeavours have benefited from an to project management pioneered by Imperial College Business School.
A unique collaboration has allowed people around the world to view one of the finest pieces of seventeenth century Japanese art.
A new type of pile foundation to support deep water oil and gas platforms and offshore wind turbines is impacting safety and cost of these projects.
The misery of hay fever and pet allergies could soon be a thing of the past thanks to an Imperial biotech spin-out company now valued at nearly £600m
Conservation work at Imperial led to the saiga antelope being classified as critically endangered, helping the population rebound by almost 190%.
The promise of personalised medicine has become a reality in recent years with the work of an Imperial team's rapid digital diagnostic technologies.
Mobile phone tariffs have plummeted, thanks to regulatory decisions underpinned by Business School market research.
A clearer picture
People with suspected neurological conditions are getting clearer and earlier diagnoses thanks in part to a new MRI scanning method.
Clean up act
A mathematical model of ocean currents, covering nearly the entire globe, is being used to improve forecasts for shipping, fisheries and more.
First for impact
The REF’s new impact measure ranks Imperial’s research highest of any major university. Moreover, eight of Imperial’s 14 REF-assessed research areas are top or joint-top for “outstanding” or “very considerable” impact.
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- Imperial comes fourth out of major UK universities for 4* or “world-leading” research, behind the London School of Economics, Oxford and Cambridge, and just ahead of UCL
- 91% of Imperial research is classed as “world-leading” (46% achieved the highest possible 4* score) or “internationally excellent” (44% achieved 3*) – the highest proportion of any major university.
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Imperial research quality has improved significantly since the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. The proportion of 4* or 3* classified research has moved from 73% to 91%, and 4* graded research has increased from 26% to 46%, while we have maintained the proportion of eligible staff submitted for assessment (93% in RAE 2008; 92% in REF 2014).
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