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I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

John Bader
9th June, 2022

We can confidently say that 2022 has already been a great year for Imperial!

Imperial College London ranked 6th best university in the world in the QS World University Ranking for 2023. This puts the college one place higher than last year’s ranking, as well as third in the UK and top in London. This world leading ranking is the result of the collective efforts of students and faculty members that were commended and recognised with honourable awards over the past year.

“These results reaffirm that Imperial is one of the best universities in the world. Our success is rooted in our global outlook, our diverse community and the spirit of collaboration that runs through everything we do,” said Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London. 

Among the numerous awards collected over the past year is the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest national honour awarded in UK further and higher education. The award recognises outstanding work that benefits the public and wider world. Imperial College was particularly commended for its exceptional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Earlier this year, the college ranked top in the UK for research in UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF), an expert panel that assesses research quality and output among UK higher education institutions. Imperial College ranked top in the UK for research output, research environment and research impact among Russel Group universities. The results of the assessment are the highest-ever achieved by the College, showing unceasing improvement and dedication to its academic mission.  

“I am very proud of all the incredible people who have helped Imperial to achieve this success through their creativity, ingenuity and perseverance. The ideas they explore and the impact they deliver is at the heart of Imperial’s ethos. Their dedication to our academic mission continues to attract students and researchers from around the world!”

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost of Imperial College London, acknowledging the remarkable contributions of Imperial’s students and faculty members. 

QS World University Ranking takes a wide range of criteria into account, including research output and contributions, as well as diversity and inclusivity. These awards, among multiple others, have resulted in an excellent QS score of 97, putting Imperial College among the world’s top leading universities. 


Light up Queen’s Tower, the celebrations are about to begin… and keep up the great work!  


John Bader is the News Editor for I,Science and is studying an MSc in Science Media Production at Imperial College London