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EDUCATION SECTOR: IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

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CONSISTENTLY RATED AMONGST THE WORLD'S BEST UNIVERSITIES, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON IS A SCIENCE-BASED INSTITUTION WITH A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND RESEARCH.

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EDUCATION SECTOR: IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON onsistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the college explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial's contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackling climate change, developing sustainable sources of energy and addressing security challenges.

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tial global partners in business, industry and academia to co-locate on the campus. Sir Keith O’Nions, President & Rector of Imperial College London, said: “We have presented a bold vision for Imperial West and the new land will allow us to undertake research, translation and commercialisation with partner organisations on an unprecedented scale for London and the UK. We are interested in attracting academic and business partners to work alongside Imperial at the new campus.” The first buildings at Imperial West, providing accommodation for 606 postgraduate students and early-career researchers, are already in use. Design work is underway for the £150 million Research and Translation Hub, which will provide facilities for 1,000 scientists and engineers and space that could accommodate 50 or more spin out companies. Construction of the Hub, which is funded by investor Voreda and a £35 million award from

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Imperial's main campus is located in the South Kensington area of Central London, with additional campuses in Chelsea, Hammersmith, Paddington and Silwood Park. This forms one of the largest estates of any higher education institution in the UK. However, the college continues to expand to serve the needs of its faculty and students. Significantly, it purchased 11.5 acres in White City to expand its new campus, Imperial West. Combined with the land which Imperial bought from the BBC, the college’s total landholding for its new campus will increase to 22.75 acres. The plots form one contiguous site adjacent to the A40. The investment in additional land will allow the college to increase its capacity for delivering its vision for research and translation activities at Imperial West. At the launch event in March 2013 attended by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, the College invited proposals from poten-

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HEFCE, in addition to the college’s investment, is on course for completion in 2015. The new Imperial West campus is a major boost to the regeneration of the White City area. Existing plans include homes, publicly accessible green space, pedestrian subways and leisure and retail facilities, alongside the creation of thousands of jobs. This new facility adds to the major new research centre the college opened in 2012. The £73 million Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine (ICTEM) combines laboratory space for up to 450 scientists with a dedicated facility for evaluating and developing new medical treatments through clinical trials. The six-storey building is located on Imperial’s Hammersmith Campus, alongside Hammersmith Hospital. It is 500 metres from the college’s new campus, Imperial West, which is being developed to grow Imperial’s research and education activities in west London. The upper floors of the building constitute one of the largest cardiovascular research facilities in Europe, including the headquarters of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Imperial. One of the areas of focus in this unit is to develop stem cell treatments to help the heart repair itself after a heart attack. The second floor, occupied by teams from the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, houses next-generation gene sequencing machines, which are helping researchers to develop improved methods for preventing, diagnosing and treating common health problems such as heart disease and raised cholesterol. The building is also home to the Imperial Cancer Research Centre, which brings together chemists, biologists and engineers who are working on new ways of tackling cancer, such as molecular imaging techniques that help doctors match treatments to patients and methods to reduce the toxicity of radiotherapy.

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EDUCATION SECTOR: IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON Sir Keith O’Nions said: “The Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine is a physical manifestation of our commitment to bring benefits to society through the application of knowledge. It is our Academic Health Science Centre in action. Under one roof, next to a major hospital, hundreds of scientists are dedicated to making new discoveries. Their mission is to find new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases that blight the lives of millions across the world. In doing so they will not only improve people’s health. They will also bring benefits for the economic health of the country, driving drug discovery work and interacting closely with the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The impact of the centre’s work will be felt by populations locally, nationally and internationally.” www.imperial.ac.uk Tel: 020 7589 5111

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On the ground floor of the building the Wellcome Trust–McMichael Clinical Research Facility incorporates two wards where patients and healthy volunteers can work with researchers to evaluate new treatments. The opening of the centre, built over four years with support from the British Heart Foundation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust, marks the fruition of the college’s largest ever investment in research facilities. ICTEM is a flagship facility for the Academic Health Science Centre, the college’s partnership with Imperial College Healthcare established in 2007, which aims to ensure that new discoveries and technologies are translated into new therapies as quickly as possible. Researchers in the new building will work closely with engineers and scientists across Imperial to generate innovative solutions to health problems.

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