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Imperial College London
Motto Scientia imperii decus et tutamen (Latin)
Motto in English
Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire
Type Public research university
Established 1907 by Royal Charter (1823 earliest medical school)
Endowment £157.1 million (as of 31 July 2017)
Budget £1.027 billion (2017–2018)
President Alice Gast
Provost Ian Walmsley
Visitor The Lord President of the Council ex officio
Academic staff
3,765 (2016–2017)
Administrative staff
3,940 (2016–2017)
Students 17,035 (2015/16)
Undergraduates 9,520 (2015/16)
Postgraduates 8,170 (2015/16)
United Kingdom
Colours Imperial Blue      
Affiliations ACU
Global Alliance of Technological Universities
Golden Triangle
Russell Group
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Imperial College London (IC) is a large university in central London. It specialises in business, engineering, medicine and science.

Imperial College was a constituent college of the University of London. It became fully independent in 2007, the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Imperial is among the best universities. It ranks 2nd in the 2015 QS World University Rankings and 9th in the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Imperial ranked 22 in the 2014 Shanghai world rankings.

Imperial's faculty and alumni include 15 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 70 Fellows of the Royal Society, 82 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 78 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.


Imperial's main campus is in the South Kensington area of Central London. It is on the boundary between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. Its main entrance is on Exhibition Road.

IC has a number of other campuses in Central London. With 525,233 square metres, it has the largest working estate of any higher education institution in the UK.

Imperial has around 14,700 full-time students and 3,330 academic and research staff. It had a total income of £694 million in 2009/10, of which £297 million was from research grants and contracts.

Imperial is ranked 26th in the world (and 5th in Europe) in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities, 7th in the world (and 4th in Europe) in the 2010 QS World University Rankings, and 9th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

There are currently 14 Nobel Prize winners and two Fields Medal winners amongst Imperial's alumni and current and former faculty.

Imperial is a member of the G5, the League of European Research Universities, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Russell Group. It forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of British universities.


Imperial was formed indirectly by Prince Albert. Under his guidance, the Crown bought land in South Kensington to establish educational and cultural institutions. The area was referred to as "Albertopolis" by sceptics. The area included the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial Institute. The Imperial Institute was opened by Queen Victoria, who laid the first brick.

  • Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14. Imperial College London. [1]


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