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Our academic excellence

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is the top academic research centre in the UK. We came first in the Times Higher Education league table of university research quality compiled from the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

We were ranked the leading higher education institution in the UK for the impact of our research on society – thanks to our strategy of combining world-class basic cancer research with a relentless drive to take discoveries to patients.

We were also judged to have the greatest concentration of high-quality research in the UK, and ranked first for both biological sciences and clinical medicine.

Beyond REF 2014, other measures also demonstrate the quality of our academic research – and the success we have with The Royal Marsden in translating discoveries into new treatments for patients. Analysis by Thomson Reuters Evidence showed that our research has had unrivalled influence on our academic peers. Our research papers in both biological sciences and clinical medicine were more likely to be cited than those of any other higher education institution in the UK. Together with The Royal Marsden, we also rank in the top four centres in the world for cancer research and treatment.

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