Imperial College London is a public research university in the United Kingdom. Its royal patron and founder, Prince Albert, envisioned a public educational area composed of the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial Institute. The Imperial Institute was opened by Queen Victoria, his wife, who laid the first brick. The college was soon established by Royal Charter granted by King Edward VII as a constituent college of the University of London specializing in Science and Technology. The college expanded its curriculum to medicine through mergers with medical schools such as St Mary’s Hospital. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York opened the Imperial College Business School. Imperial became independent of the University of London during its centennial celebration.
Imperial is organised into four faculties of science, engineering, medicine and business. The main campus is located in South Kensington. The university is a major biomedical research centre and formed the first academic health science centre in the United Kingdom. Imperial is a member of the Russell Group, G5, Association of Commonwealth Universities, League of European Research Universities, and the “Golden Triangle” of British universities.
The College has over 3,000 academic and research staff and approximately 15,500 students from over 125 different countries. Our reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students and staff of the highest international calibre. Staff at Imperial are frequently consulted by governments and act as members of professional bodies, advise industry and offer informed comment to the media. Imperial has three faculties: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Medicine; the Imperial College Business School; and the Centre for Co-Curricular Studies. Interdisciplinary research is promoted through several Institutes, for example the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Energy Futures Lab. We provide postgraduate teaching in all branches of science, engineering and medicine. The Graduate School provides training in a broader range of transferable skills.
Imperial College was formed in 1907, when the Royal College of Science, the Royal School of Mines and the City & Guilds College were merged. Today, Imperial is home to 14,700 students and 8,000 staff. The college attracts undergraduates from more than 125 countries and awards 6100 degrees every year.
The College boasts, 14 Nobel laureates and two Fields Medallists as alumni. To its credit, Imperial is a progressive college; it holds a Silver Athena Swan award, which recognizes advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in academia.
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