27 Facts About Imperial College London


Imperial College London is a public research university in London, United Kingdom.

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In 1907, Imperial College was established by a royal charter, which unified the Royal College of Science, Royal School of Mines, and City and Guilds of London Institute.

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The Central Institution of the City and Guilds of Imperial College London Institute, was opened as a technical education school on Exhibition Road by the Prince of Wales in early 1885.

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The main campus of Imperial College was constructed beside the buildings of the Imperial Institute, the new building for the Royal College of Science having opened across from it in 1906, and the foundation stone for the Royal School of Mines building being laid by King Edward VII in July 1909.

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The University Grants Committee strongly opposed however, and so a compromise was reached in 1953, where Imperial College London would remain within the university, but double in size over the next ten years.

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In 1988, Imperial merged with St Mary's Hospital Medical School under the Imperial College Act 1988.

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In 2003, Imperial College London was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right by the Privy Council.

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On 9 December 2005, Imperial announced that it would commence negotiations to secede from the University of London.

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Imperial College London has a new second major campus in White City providing a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Imperial has teaching hospitals across London which are used by the School of Medicine for undergraduate clinical teaching and medical research.

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Imperial College London libraries are located on each campus, including the Fleming library at St Mary's.

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Imperial College London is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, European University Association, Global Alliance of Technological Universities, League of European Research Universities and the Russell Group.

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Imperial College London is a long-term partner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the first formal large-scale collaboration agreement dating back to 1944 as part of the World War II scientific effort.

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Imperial College London was ranked 1st overall in rankings produced by Times Higher Education based upon the Research Excellence Framework results 2021.

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Imperial College London is widely known to have been a critical contributor of the discovery of penicillin, and the invention of fiber optics.

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Imperial College has a long-term partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that dates back from World War II.

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In October 2018, Imperial College launched the Imperial Cancer Research UK Center, a research collaboration that aims to find innovative ways to improve the precision of cancer treatments, inaugurated by former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden as part of his Biden Cancer Initiative.

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InSight's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, developed at Imperial College London, measured the first likely marsquake reading in April 2019.

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Imperial College London has since won the Athena SWAN Award, which recognises employment practices that are supportive of the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Issue of bullying within the staff at Imperial College London resurfaced in November 2020 when Alex Sobel, the Labour MP for Leeds North West asked the Secretary of State for Education in a written question on 24 November what steps the Office for Students had taken in response to a report by Jane McNeill QC dated 25 August which found that bullying had taken place at Imperial College London under the President and the Chief Financial Officer.

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Imperial College Union is the students' union and is run by five full-time sabbatical officers elected from the student body for a tenure of one year, and a number of permanent members of staff.

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Sports facilities at Imperial's London campuses include four gyms, including the main Ethos gym at the South Kensington Campus, two swimming pools and two sports halls.

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Imperial College London has additional sports facilities at the Heston and Harlington sports grounds.

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Imperial College Radio was founded in November 1975 with the intention of broadcasting to the student halls of residence from a studio under Southside, actually commencing broadcasts in late 1976.

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Imperial College has over 60 sports clubs, of which many participate in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Association leagues such as American Football, Rugby, Badminton, Lacrosse, Football, Ice Hockey, and many others.

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Techtonics are an all-male a cappella group from Imperial College London, and are a part of the Imperial College A Cappella Society.

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Imperial College owns and manages twenty-three halls of residence in Inner London, Acton, and Ascot.

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