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University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s top ten leading universities, with a rich history of radical thinking dating back to 1209.

Its mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.  

Cambridge research spans almost every discipline, from science, technology, engineering and medicine through to the arts, humanities and social sciences, with multi-disciplinary teams working to address major global challenges. Through institutes and initiatives such as Cambridge Zerothe Whittle LabCambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Centre for Science and Policy, it is applying blue-sky, inter-disciplinary thinking and cutting-edge technologies to the global climate emergency and helping shape the political, policy and business response. It is a key partner in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, where academia, industry, research and the NHS collaborate to tackle some of the significant healthcare challenges facing the world today. 

The university is at the heart of Europe’s most successful innovation ecosystem, supporting the development of new technologies, businesses and social enterprises: the Cambridge Cluster is home to more than 5,300 knowledge-intensive firms, employs more than 67,000 people and generates more than £18bn in turnover. 

You can view Cambridge’s online research impact maps on the university website

Member stories


The spin-outs changing our world

Spin-outs have the potential to redefine how research, patient care and product development is handled in the future. Find out about SES members’ spin-out activities.

Farmland in North Wales © Mary Hinkley

Showing our impact – REF 2021

Looking beyond SES members’ excellent performance in REF 2021 to their case studies reveals the positive impact their research is having. Here are some examples.

(Credit: Advanced Research Computing UCL)

Research technology professionals – adding value to research teams

When research technology professionals work with your team it makes for ‘happy researchers’ delegates at a SES event heard last month.

A researcher snaps a photograph of the recently assembled LUX-ZEPLIN xenon detector in the Surface Assembly Lab cleanroom at Sanford Underground Research Facility on July 26, 2019. Photo by Nick Hubbard.

SES members to receive £24m for particle physics research

Six SES members to receive a share of a £60m investment, which supports the next generation of particle physicists.

credit: UCL Creative Media Services

Apprenticeships: uncovering technical talent

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we look at some of the technical talent recruited to our universities through apprenticeships.


Bringing academia and industry together

Each year, NCUB celebrates collaborations between universities and industry in a report highlighting trends in innovation. This year, activities at two SES members are featured.

Anne Ferguson-Smith

Anne Ferguson-Smith

Executive Board Member