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Imperial College London
Imperial College London crest.svg
Motto Scientia imperii decus et tutamen[1]
Motto in English
Scientific knowledge is the adornment and protection of the Empire
Type Public research university
Established 1845 (1907 by Royal Charter)[2]
Endowment £141.7 million (as of 31 July 2017)[3]
Budget £983.2 million (2016-2017)[3]
President Alice Gast
Provost James Stirling
Visitor The Lord President of the Council ex officio
Academic staff
3,765[4] (2016-2017)
Administrative staff
3,940[4] (2016-2017)
Students 17,565[4] (2016-2017)
Undergraduates 9,583[4] (2016-2017)
Postgraduates 7,982[4] (2016-2017)
Location London, United Kingdom
Colours
Affiliations ACU
AMBA
EUA
G5
Global Alliance of Technological Universities
Golden Triangle
LERU
MedCity
Russell Group
SES
Website www.imperial.ac.uk
Logo of Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Its founder, Prince Albert, envisioned an area composed of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and the Imperial Institute.[5][6] His wife, Queen Victoria, laid the foundation stone for the Imperial Institute in 1888.[7] Imperial College London was granted royal charter in 1907. In the same year, the college joined the University of London, before leaving it a century later.[8] Through merging with several historic medical schools, the curriculum expanded to include medicine. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Imperial College Business School.[7]

The main campus is located in South Kensington, with an innovation campus in White City. Imperial is organised through faculties of science, engineering, medicine, and business. The university's emphasis is on technology and its practical application.

Imperial is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. In 2017-18, it is ranked 8th in both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings and 27th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The medical school is ranked 4th in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[9] Imperial was ranked by Reuters as the most innovative university in Europe.[10] Staff and alumni include 15 Nobel laureates, 3 Fields Medalists, 74 Fellows of the Royal Society, 84 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and 85 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.[11]

History[edit]

Great Exhibition[edit]

The Great Exhibition in 1851 was organised by Prince Albert, Henry Cole, Francis Fuller and other members of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The Great Exhibition made a surplus of £186,000 used in creating an area in the South of Kensington encouraging art and science for everyone. Prince Albert's vision developed a cultural area composed of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Geological Museum, Royal College of Science, Royal College of Art, Royal School of Mines, Royal College of Music, Royal College of Organists, Royal School of Needlework, Royal Geographical Society, Institute of Recorded Sound, Royal Horticultural Gardens, Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial Institute.[12][13] Several royal colleges and the Imperial Institute merged to form what is now Imperial College London.[14][15][16]

Royal Colleges[edit]

The Royal College of Chemistry was established in 1845 by subscription as a necessary national resource for industrial and technical development. Royal patronage came from Prince Albert, who was President of the Council. The founders, John Lloyd Bullock and John Gardner appointed August Wilhelm Hofmann as the first Professor. He held the post until returning to Germany in 1865.

The Royal School of Mines was established by Sir Henry de la Beche in 1851, developing from the Museum of Economic Geology, a collection of minerals, maps and mining equipment.[12] De la Beche created a school which laid the foundations for the teaching of science in Britain. Prince Albert was a patron and supporter of the later developments in science teaching, which led to the Royal College of Chemistry becoming part of the Royal School of Mines, and to the creation of the Royal College of Science and eventually to these institutions becoming part of his plan for South Kensington being an educational region.[12]

The Royal College of Science, established in 1881, was a higher education institution located in South Kensington; it was a constituent college of Imperial College London from 1907 until it was wholly absorbed by Imperial in 2002. Famous alumni include H. G. Wells and are distinguishable by the letters ARCS (Associate of the Royal College of Science) after their name. Organisations linked with the college include the Royal College of Science Union and the Royal College of Science Association.[12]

Imperial Institute[edit]

The Imperial Institute was created in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee to promote research in support of industry throughout the British Empire. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone in 1888 and opened the building in 1893. It was administered by a Governing body with the then Prince of Wales as President. The Imperial Institute was designed by Thomas Edward Collcutt in the neo-renaissance style. It was 700 feet long with a central tower (the Queen's Tower). It contained a library, laboratories, conference rooms and exhibition galleries with gardens at the rear.

20th century[edit]

In 1907, the Board of Education found that greater capacity for higher technical education was needed and a proposal to merge the Royal School of Mines, the Royal College of Science, and City and Guilds College, was approved and passed, creating The Imperial College of Science and Technology as a constituent college of the University of London. Imperial's Royal Charter, granted by Edward VII, was officially signed on 8 July 1907. The main campus of Imperial College was constructed beside the buildings of the Imperial Institute in South Kensington.

Imperial acquired Silwood Park in 1947, to provide a site for research and teaching in those aspects of biology not well suited for the main London campus. On 29 January 1950, the government announced that it was intended that Imperial should expand to meet the scientific and technological challenges of the 20th century and a major expansion of the college followed over the next decade. In 1959 the Wolfson Foundation donated £350,000 for the establishment of a new Biochemistry Department.[17] A special relationship between Imperial and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi was established in 1963.[18]

The Department of Management Science was created in 1971 and the Associated Studies Department was established in 1972. The Humanities Department was opened in 1980, formed from the Associated Studies and History of Science departments.

In 1988, Imperial merged with St Mary's Hospital Medical School, becoming The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. In 1995, Imperial launched its own academic publishing house, Imperial College Press, in partnership with World Scientific.[19] Imperial merged with the National Heart and Lung Institute in 1995 and the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) and the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1997. In the same year the Imperial College School of Medicine was formally established and all of the property of Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, the National Heart and Lung Institute and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School were transferred to Imperial as the result of the Imperial College Act 1997. In 1998, the Sir Alexander Fleming Building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II to provide a headquarters for the college's medical and biomedical research.

21st century[edit]

In 2000, Imperial merged with both the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and Wye College, the University of London's agricultural college in Wye, Kent, which later closed.

In 2003 Imperial was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right by the Privy Council. The London Centre for Nanotechnology was established in the same year as a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London.[20][21]

In 2004 the Tanaka Business School and a new Main Entrance on Exhibition Road were opened by Queen Elizabeth II. The UK Energy Research Centre was also established in 2004 and opened its headquarters at Imperial. In 2008, the Tanaka Business School was renamed the Imperial College Business School.[22]

In November 2005 the Faculties of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences merged to become the Faculty of Natural Sciences. On 9 December 2005, Imperial announced that it would commence negotiations to secede from the University of London.[23] Imperial became fully independent of the University of London in July 2007.[24][25] In July 2008 the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics was opened in the Materials department.

In April 2011, Imperial and King's College London joined the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) as partners with a commitment of £40 million each to the project. The centre was later renamed the Francis Crick Institute and opened on 9 November 2016. It the largest single biomedical laboratory in Europe.[26] In 2014 the Dyson School of Design Engineering was opened following a £12m donation by the James Dyson Foundation, along with courses such as the MEng in Design Engineering.[27]

Campuses[edit]

South Kensington[edit]

Imperial's main campus is located in the South Kensington area of central London.

South Kensington is home to a high concentration of cultural institutions: Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Albert Hall. Its location is also next to attractions: Kensington Palace and Gardens, National Art Library, Harrods Mall, and the Brompton Oratory.

The Imperial Institute was created in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee with the intention of it being a scientific research institution exploring and developing the raw materials of the Empire countries. The building was constructed in South Kensington between 1888 and 1893. The expansion of the South Kensington campus in the 1950s & 1960s absorbed the former Imperial Institute, designed by Thomas Collcutt, of which only the Queen's Tower remains among the more modern buildings.[28][29]

White City[edit]

A second major campus is under construction in the White City area of London. The White City Campus innovation hub will house new research facilities, space for spin-off entrepreneurial companies as well as student accommodation.[30]

Other campuses[edit]

In addition to its original South Kensington campus, Imperial has six other campuses across London and a campus in the village of Sunninghill near Ascot:

Charing Cross Campus, Hammersmith

A medical teaching and research campus based around Charing Cross Hospital. Facilities include a campus library, cafe and fitness gym.

Chelsea and Westminster Campus

A medical teaching and research campus based around Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Facilities include a campus library.

Hammersmith Campus, East Acton
A medical teaching and research campus based around Hammersmith Hospital. Facilities include a campus library, catering outlets and sports facilities.

Royal Brompton Campus, Chelsea

A medical teaching and research campus based around the Royal Brompton Hospital. Facilities include a campus library.

St Mary's Campus, Paddington
A medical teaching and research campus based around St. Mary's Hospital. Facilities include a campus library and sports facilities.

Silwood Park
A postgraduate campus of Imperial located in the village of Sunninghill near Ascot in Berkshire. The Silwood Park campus includes a centre for research and teaching in ecology, evolution, and conservation set in 100 ha of parkland where ecological field experiments are conducted.

Organisation and administration[edit]

Faculties and departments[edit]

53 Princes Gate

Imperial is organised through a network of faculties and departments:

Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Natural Sciences Imperial College Business School
Aeronautics Engineering Medicine Centre for Environmental Policy Finance
Bioengineering Surgery and Cancer Chemistry Innovation and Entrepreneruship
Chemical Engineering Institute of Clinical Sciences Life Sciences Management
Civil and Environmental Engineering National Heart and Lung Institute Mathematics Social and Economic Studies
Computing School of Public Health Physics
Design engineering
Earth Science and Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Materials
Mechanical Engineering

Global institutes[edit]

Imperial hosts cross-departmental centres that have been established to promote inter-disciplinary work.

Governance[edit]

The highest academic official of Imperial College London is the President and Rector. The Rector is the chief executive, elected by the Council of the college and Chairman of the Senate.[31] The position has been held by Alice Gast, an American chemical engineer, since September 2014.[32]

In 2012, the additional post of Provost was created. James Stirling became the first Provost of Imperial College London in August 2013.[33]

The council is the governing body of Imperial, it consists of 23 members including the Chairman, the President, the Provost, the President of the Imperial College Union, 4 members of senior staff, and between 9 and 13 lay members who are not employees of Imperial. The current Chair is Sir Philip Dilley.[34]

Finances and endowment[edit]

In 2016/17, Imperial had a total income of £991.2 million. It has the eighth largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, and the second largest of the universities in London.[3] The college's endowment is sub-divided into three distinct portfolios: (i) Unitised Scheme – a unit trust vehicle for college, Faculties and Departments to invest endowments and unfettered income to produce returns for the long term; (ii) Non-Core Property – a portfolio containing around 120 operational and developmental properties which college has determined are not core to the academic mission; and (iii) Strategic Asset Investments – containing college’s shareholding in Imperial Innovations and other restricted equity holdings.[3]

Affiliations and partnerships[edit]

Imperial 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. It is a founding member of the Imperial College academic health sciences centre, the Francis Crick Institute and MedCity.

Academic profile[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Rankings
ARWU[35]
(2017, national)
4
ARWU[36]
(2017, world)
27
QS[37]
(2018, national)
4
QS[38]
(2018, world)
8
THE[39]
(2018, national)
3
THE[40]
(2018, world)
8
Complete[41]
(2018, national)
5
The Guardian[42]
(2018, national)
6
Times/Sunday Times[43]
(2018, national)
4
Teaching Excellence Framework[44] Gold

World

Imperial regularly places in the top 10 universities worldwide including in the 2017 QS World Universities Rankings and the Times Higher Education Ranking.[45] Imperial places 9th worldwide in The Ranking of Rankings (2017), which is a compilation of the results of the five most influential world university rankings: THE, QS, US News, ARWU, and Reuters World Top 100 Innovative Universities.[46]

Europe

In 2017, Imperial placed 5th best university in Europe in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 4th in Europe in the QS World University Rankings, and 3rd in Europe in both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the US News & World Report Global Rankings.[47][48] Imperial is ranked 4th in the world (and 1st in Europe) in the 2017 Round University Ranking.[49]

Subject

In The World's Most Innovative Universities Rankings by Reuters, Businessweek, and the Financial Times, Imperial ranks 1st in innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe.[10][50][51][52]

In Times Higher Education World University Subject tables it is ranked 2nd in Europe, 3rd in the world for clinical and health,[53] 3rd in Europe, 7th in the world for engineering and technology,[54] 3rd in Europe, 9th in the world for life sciences[55] and 4th in Europe, 13th in the world for physical sciences.[56]

In the QS World University Subject Rankings of 2017, Imperial is ranked 12th in the world for life sciences and medicine. 6th for engineering, technology and computer sciences and 10th for natural sciences and mathematics.[57]

Imperial ranks in the U.S. News & World Report world's best universities for the following subjects: 12th for Immunology and Engineering, 13th for Clinical Medicine, 15th for Microbiology, 16th for Physics, 18th for Social Sciences and Public Health, 19th for Environment/Ecology, Materials Science, and Mathematics.[48] U.S. News & World Report ranks Imperial 1st in engineering in Europe.[58]

The Complete University Guide, (UK) ranked the following subjects in 2nd place in 2016 and 2017: Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.[59]

National

Blue Cube

Imperial consistently scores strongly in the UK university rankings and is ranked 4th in the 2016 Times Higher Education "Table of Tables" which combines the results of the 3 main domestic league tables.[60] In the 2016 Complete University Guide, all 14 of the subjects offered by Imperial were ranked top 10 nationally meaning it was one of only two mainstream universities (along with the University of Cambridge) in the UK to have all subjects ranked in the top 10.[61]

Imperial ranked 1st in London and 3rd in the UK in the US News & World Report Global Rankings.[48]

Career

According to both the 2016 Guardian University Guide and the Complete University Guide, students were ranked as having the top employment prospects among UK universities.[62][63] As of 2014 the average starting salary of a graduate was the highest of any UK university.[64] The New York Times ranked Imperial College as one of the top 10 most-welcomed universities by the global job market.[65]

Research[edit]

Imperial submitted a total of 1,257 staff across 14 units of assessment to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment.[66] This found that 91% of Imperial's research is “world-leading” (46% achieved the highest possible 4* score) or “internationally excellent” (44% achieved 3*), giving an overall GPA of 3.36[67] In rankings produced by Times Higher Education based upon the REF results Imperial was ranked 2nd overall.[67]

Imperial actively encourages its staff to commercialise their research and as a result has given rise to a large number of spin-out companies based on academic research.[68][69] Imperial has a dedicated technology transfer company known as Imperial Innovations.

For its research on Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis, Imperial hosts the largest brain bank in the world consisting of 296 brains.[70][71]

In 2016, Imperial received £2 million to establish a DNA Synthesis and Construction Foundry to accelerate developments in new synthetic biology technologies.[72]

Admissions[edit]

UCAS Admission Statistics
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Applications[73] 20,395 19,200 18,205 16,570 15,315
Offer Rate (%)[74] 43.6 46.2 50.7 53.6 54.4
Enrols[75] 2,715 2,545 2,630 2,515 2,425
Yield (%) 30.5 28.7 28.5 28.3 29.1
Applicant/Enrolled Ratio 7.51 7.54 6.92 6.59 6.32
Average Entry Tariff[41] n/a n/a 552 567 566

For 2016 entry, the acceptance rate was 13.0% for undergraduates and 16.2% for postgraduates.[76] At undergraduate level, there is roughly 1 place for 8 candidates. For 2016 entry, the domain with the lowest acceptance rate was Mechanical Engineering (11.5:1 ratio). The highest was Bioengineering (3.7:1).[76] By way of example, acceptance ratio in Mathematics was of 9.3:1, in Medicine 8.6:1, in Chemical Engineering 8.3:1 and in Physics 6.7:1.[76]

Imperial is one of the most international universities in the United Kingdom, with 50% of students from the UK, 16% of students from the EU, and 34% of students from outside the UK or EU.[77][78] The student body is 39% female and 61% male.[78] 36.5% of Imperial's undergraduates are privately educated, the fourth highest proportion amongst mainstream British universities.[79]

Medicine[edit]

The Imperial Faculty of Medicine was formed through mergers between Imperial and the St Mary's, Charing Cross and Westminster, and Royal Postgraduate medical schools and has six teaching hospitals. It accepts more than 300 undergraduate medical students per year and has around 321 taught and 700 research full-time equivalent postgraduate students.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was formed on 1 October 2007 by the merger of Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust (Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital) and St Mary's NHS Trust (St. Mary's Hospital and Western Eye Hospital) with Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine.[80] It is an academic health science centre and manages five hospitals: Charing Cross Hospital, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, and Western Eye Hospital. The Trust is currently one of the largest in the UK and in 2012/13 had a turnover of £971.3 million, employed approximately 9,770 people and treated almost 1.2 million patients.[81]

Other (non-academic health science centres) hospitals affiliated with Imperial College include Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital, Mount Vernon Hospital, Harefield Hospital, Ealing Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, St. Mark's Hospital, St Charles' Hospital and St Peter's Hospital.[82]

Controversies[edit]

Wye campus sale[edit]

Wye College, an agricultural college in Wye, Kent (closed in 2004)

Imperial acquired Wye College in 2000, which is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was rapidly dismantled, causing controversy, particularly a plan for substantial redevelopment in the area, with adverse environmental implications. A local campaign secured the overthrow of the scheme, following which the Wye campus was closed in September 2009.[83] The Wye campus, some of it dating back to the 15th century, is currently vacant and available for sale or rent.

Accusations of bullying[edit]

In 2003, it was reported that one third of female academics "believe that discrimination or bullying by managers has held back their careers".[84] It was said then that "A spokesman for Imperial said the college was acting on the recommendations and had already made changes". Nevertheless, allegations of bullying have continued. In 2007, concerns were raised about the methods that were being used to fire people in the Faculty of Medicine.[85][86] In 2014, Stefan Grimm, of the Department of Medicine, was found dead after being threatened with dismissal for failure to raise enough grant money.[87] Grimm's last email accused his employers of bullying by demanding that he should get grants worth at least £200,000 per year.[88][89] The College announced an internal inquiry into Stefan Grimm's death, and found that the performance metrics for his position were unreasonable, with new metrics for performance being needed.[90]

Student life[edit]

Student body[edit]

For the 2015/16 academic year, Imperial had a total full-time student body of 17,035, consisting of 9,240 undergraduate students and 7,795 postgraduates.[91] 50.7% of the student body is from outside of the UK.[92] 32% of all full-time students came from outside the European Union in 2013-14,[93] and around 13% of the International students had Chinese nationality in 2007-08.[94]

Imperial's male–female ratio for undergraduate students is uneven at approximately 64:36 overall[94] and 5:1 or higher in some engineering courses. However, medicine has an approximate 1:1 ratio with biology degrees tending to be higher.[95]

Queen's Lawn at South Kensington Campus

Imperial College Union[edit]

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. The Union is given a large subvention by the university, much of which is spent on maintaining around 300 clubs, projects and societies.[96] Examples of notable student groups and projects are Project Nepal which sends Imperial College students to work on educational development programmes in rural Nepal[97] and the El Salvador Project, a construction based project in Central America.[98] The Union also hosts sports-related clubs such as Imperial College Boat Club and Imperial College Gliding Club.

The Union operates on two sites; Beit Hall, South Kensington and Reynold's, Hammersmith.

Facilities[edit]

58 Prince's Gate

Sports facilities at Imperial's London campuses include four gyms, two swimming pools and two sports halls.[99] Imperial has additional sports facilities at the Heston and Harlington sports grounds.

On the South Kensington campus, there are a total of six music practice rooms which consist of upright pianos for usage by people of any grade, and grand pianos which are exclusively for people who have achieved Grade 8 or above.[100]

There are two student bars on the South Kensington campus, one at the Imperial College Union and one at Eastside.[101]

The central library is open all hours, except between Friday at 23:00 and Saturday at 10:00.[102] Imperial College London began refurbishment works for two floors of the central library in 2017 to improve the cooling and ventilation systems.[103]

Student activities[edit]

Imperial College Radio
Imperial College Radio (or ICRadio) 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. It now broadcasts from the West Basement of Beit Quad over the internet.[104]

Imperial College TV

Imperial College TV (ICTV) is Imperial College Union's TV station, founded in 1969 and operated from a small TV studio in the Electrical Engineering block. The department had bought an early AMPEX Type A 1-inch videotape recorder and this was used to produce an occasional short news programme which was then played to students by simply moving the VTR and a monitor into a common room. A cable link to the Southside halls of residence was laid in a tunnel under Exhibition Road in 1972. Besides the news, early productions included a film of the Queen opening what was then called College Block.

Felix Newspaper

Felix is weekly student newspaper, first released on 9 December 1949.[105] In addition to news, Felix also carries comic strips, features, opinions, puzzles and reviews, plus reports of trips and Imperial College sporting events.

Imperial College Boat Club

Ethos Gym

The Imperial College Boat Club is the rowing club of Imperial and was founded on 12 December 1919. The club has a number of notable accolades, such as three alumni of the college in the gold medal winning GB 8+ at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, along with their coach Martin McElroy. The club has been highly successful, with many wins at Henley Royal Regatta.

Exploration Club

Imperial's Exploration Board was established in 1957 to assist students with a desire for exploration. Trips have included Afghanistan, Alaska, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Fiji, the Himalayas, Iran, Morocco, Norway, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, and the Yukon.[106]

Dramatic Society
The Imperial College Dramatic Society (ICDS or DramSoc) is one of two major theatrical arts societies, with the other being the Musical Theatre Society, and it was founded in 1912.[107] The society puts on three major plays each year, in addition to several smaller fringe productions. It is additionally one the London-based dramatic societies to participate in the London Student Drama Festival,[108] and regularly attends the Edinburgh Fringe. ICDS is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the Union's theatrical space, the Union Concert Hall.

Bars and Pubs
There are a number of popular pubs and bars on campus and also surrounding the campus, which become a popular social activity for Imperial's students. The Pewter tankard collection at Imperial College Union is the largest in Europe, with the majority of clubs and societies having tankards associated with their clubs.[109]

Student housing[edit]

Imperial College owns and manages twenty one halls of residence in Inner London, Ealing, Ascot and Wye. Over three thousand rooms are available, guaranteeing first year undergraduates a place in College residences.

The majority of halls offer single or twin accommodation with some rooms having en suite facilities. Study bedrooms are provided with basic furniture and with access to shared kitchens and bathrooms. The majority of rooms come with internet access and access to the Imperial network. Most of them are considered among the newest student halls at London universities.

Most students in college or university accommodation are first-year undergraduates, since they are granted a room once they have selected Imperial as their firm offer at UCAS. The majority of older students and postgraduates find accommodation in the private sector, help for which is provided by the college private housing office. However a handful of students may continue to live in halls in later years if they take the position of a "hall senior". Some students also live in International Students House, London.

List of Halls of Residence:

  • South Kensington Village
    • Beit Hall
    • Garden Hall
    • Weeks Hall
    • Eastside
      • Linstead Hall
      • Gabor Hall
      • Wilkinson Hall
    • Southside
      • Falmouth Hall
      • Selkirk Hall
      • Tizard Hall
      • Keogh Hall
  • Evelyn Gardens
  • Wilson House
  • Boathouse
  • Orient House
  • Parsons House
  • Pembridge Hall
  • Woodward
  • Xenia

Notable alumni, faculty and staff[edit]

Nobel laureates: (medicine) Sir Alexander Fleming, Sir Ernst Boris Chain, Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley, Rodney Robert Porter, (physics) Abdus Salam, Sir George Paget Thomson, Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett, Dennis Gabor, Peter Higgs, (chemistry) Sir Norman Haworth, Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Sir Derek Barton, Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, Sir George Porter.[11]

Academic affiliations include: Sir Tom Kibble, co-discoverer of Higgs Boson;[110] Sir Tejinder Virdee, experimental particle physicist;[111] Sir John Pendry, theoretical solid state physicist;[112] Sir Christopher Kelk Ingold, physical organic chemistry pioneer;[113] Sir William Henry Perkin, discoverer of the first synthetic organic chemical dye mauveine;[114] Sir Edward Frankland, originator of the theory of chemical valency;[115] Sir William Crookes, discoverer of thallium;[116] Sir Alan Fersht, chemist;[117] David Phillips, chemist;[118] Harold Hopkins, contributed to the theory and design of optical instruments;[119] Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher;[120] Steven Cowley, physicist and president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford;[121] and Sir John Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the vacuum tube.[122]

In biology and medicine; Thomas Huxley, advocate of the theory of evolution; Wendy Barclay, virologist; Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England;[123] David Livingstone, medical missionary. In engineering; Dame Julia Higgins, polymer scientist;[124] Dame Judith Hackitt, former Chair of the Health and Safety Executive;[125] Dudley Maurice Newitt, scientific director of the Special Operations Executive;[126] Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, engineer and Member of the House of Lords.[127]

Non-academic affiliations include: H. G. Wells, author;[128] Nicholas Tombazis, chief car designer at McLaren and Ferrari; Ralph Robins, CEO of Rolls-Royce;[129] Brian May, guitarist of rock band Queen;[130] Chew Choon Seng, CEO of Singapore Airlines; Sir Julius Vogel, former Prime Minister of New Zealand;[131] Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India;[132] Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore; Huw Thomas, Physician to the Queen;[133] Sir Roger Bannister, ran the first four-minute mile;[134] Andreas Mogensen, first Danish astronaut; David Pearson, software engineer; Winston Wong, entrepreneur; Alan Howard, hedge fund manager and philanthropist; Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, former chairman of the Tata Group;[135] Michael Birch, entrepreneur; Henry Charles Stephens, politician; Sir Michael Uren, businessman and philanthropist; Ian Read, CEO of Pfizer.

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