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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


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.

A fibre laser cutting metal at the Zepler Institute. Fibre lasers use considerably less energy than traditional methods and are a key means of decarbonising manufacturing.

How QR funding supports innovation and jobs in our universities

Quality-related research funding has been described by the Russell Group of universities as “the invisible force holding up the UK’s research ecosystem”.


Accelerating pathways to climate neutral aviation

A research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge is building an interactive model to explore how aviation could transition to net-zero climate emissions.

Wind turbines in a field in North Wales. © UCL Media Services - University College London

How our universities are supporting COP26

COP26 in Glasgow is showcasing the innovation and research influencing policy makers’ decisions on climate change. Find out how SES member universities are contributing.

credit: Jason Hawkes

Our universities, transforming communities, industries and the economy

Celebrating the collective successes of Science and Engineering South member universities in the UK Knowledge Exchange Framework


Regional disparities in psychosis rates mapped in UCL-led project

Spending on mental health in England could be targeted better in future, thanks to a modelling tool developed by researchers from two Science and Engineering South institutions

Anne Ferguson-Smith

Anne Ferguson-Smith

Executive Board Member