Top 21 innovative universities in the UK

Top of the list, according to a study by Market Inspector, is Imperial College London

Market Inspector has conducted a study to identify the most innovative British universities. Two metrics were taken into account: the number of successful (granted) patents calculated as a yearly average per 1000 students; and the seed funds raised by startups established by graduates of the particular universities, calculated as average funds raised per startup.

The top three innovators are calculated to be:

  1. Imperial College London Ranks first for granted patents, with a yearly average of 1.23 per 1000 students. Average funds raised by startups are £11,873,278
  2. University of Oxford Has a yearly average of 1.13 successful patents per 1000 students, with average funds raised by startups standing at £13,500,450
  3. Queen Mary University of London A yearly average of 0.33 granted patents per 1000 students does not rank highly. However, it is the indisputable number one for successful startups, with average funds raised amounting to £28,352,835

Top 5 universities by patents and startup success rate

When solely taking into account the patents granted between 2011-2016, calculated as a yearly average per 1000 students, the highest scoring universities are: Imperial College London (1.23) , University of Oxford (1.13), University of St Andrews (0.92), University of Cambridge (0.89), and University College London (0.46).

When looking at the patent distribution between 2011-2016 within all 21 top innovative universities, the leading industry is pharma & biotech with 534 registered patents. It is followed by chemicals (249 patents), medical devices and healthcare (199 patents), and agriculture, forestry & food (172 patents).

Besides Queen Mary University of London, other notable institutions raising a significant amount of seed funding are: University of Edinburgh (£18,856,321), University of Warwick (£16,401,962), University of Manchester (£16,131,366), and University of Cambridge (£15,802,363).

2019 will be the ‘Year of Female Innovative Students’

By 2019, according to a study conducted by Reuters, 15 of the 21 top innovative British universities will be dominated by women. The proportions between female and male students will be as follows:

University

Female Students

Male Students

King’s College London, University of Dundee

62%

38%

University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds

60%

40%

University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, Cardiff University

58%

42%

University College London

57%

43%

University of Birmingham

56%

44%

Queen Mary University of London, University of Nottingham

54%

46%

University of Manchester, University of Leicester,
University of Surrey

53%

47%

University of Southampton

52%

48%