Universities in South West London
of London [map] is one of the oldest and largest
universities in the UK drawing people from across the
globe who flock here to take advantage of this huge
seat of learning.
The university is a federation of 19 distinct, separate
and, in many cases, multi-faculty colleges, together with
numerous smaller specialist Institutes and the External
Programme. The University of London has an outstanding
international reputation founded on the quality of its
teaching and research.
Almost every subject covered in any university curriculum
can be studied at the University of London through its
Colleges and Institutes. These subjects can be studied
at various levels and lead to the award of foundation,
undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research degrees,
or diplomas or certificates. Most courses are offered
on a full-time basis, but there are also many opportunities
to study part-time for a degree, diploma or certificate,
or study at home by distance learning.
Colleges located in the South West of London are listed
Imperial College of Science, Technology and
Medicine [map] is an independent constituent part
of the University of London.
Imperial College was established in 1907 in London’s
scientific and cultural heartland in South Kensington,
as a merger of the Royal College of Science,
the City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines.
St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the National Heart and Lung Institute merged with the College in 1988 and 1995 respectively.
Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School merged with the College on 1 August 1997 to form, with
the existing departments on the St Mary’s and
Royal Brompton campuses, the Imperial College School
of Medicine (ICSM).
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is
located at Royal Brompton.
The Institute of Cancer Research [map] was
established in 1909 to investigate the causes of cancer
and develop new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis,
treatment and cure.
The Institute is now a centre of excellence employing
some of the world’s leading scientists working
on cutting edge research.
Significant achievements of The Institute of Cancer Research
The Institute of Cancer Research is located on Old
Brompton Road, SW3.
- The discovery that the basic cause of many cancers
is DNA malfunction
- The identification of the suspected link between
smoking and lung cancer
- The isolation of the breast cancer gene, BRCA2,
enabling families with a history of the disease to
be tested to eliminate the need for treatment for
those not at risk
- The characterisation of the melanoma gene, BRAF,
- The isolation of more cancer-related genes than
any other organisation in the world
- Being ranked third in the world for institutions
publishing research papers in molecular biology and
genetics research with the biggest impact on science
between 1990 and 1998