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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


Reflections on COP28: how our partner universities are inspiring a green revolution 

Universities and the ground-breaking research from their dedicated teams have long influenced the conversations and change connected to COP. Here are highlights from some of our members’ COP-related research and activities. 

Students at UCL credit: Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez

SES members to play a leading role in training future scientists and engineers

Some 4,000 students will benefit from a £1bn investment in doctoral training centres for engineering and physical sciences, with SES members lead partners in almost a third of them.

Infographic showing impact of university of Cambridge

The economic and social impact of the University of Cambridge

Almost half of the identifiable regional-based impact generated by the University of Cambridge occurred outside the east of England, a report by independent consultants reveals.


Discovering positive research initiatives at SES universities

Our partner universities are at the cutting edge of research. They constantly strive to create environments where new ideas can flourish, and innovation is second nature.


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.

Anne Ferguson-Smith

Anne Ferguson-Smith

Executive Board Member