With its roots in four historic colleges in the east of London, Queen Mary University of London has become one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, with an annual turnover of over £375 million.

With almost 11,400 undergraduates, 4,600 postgraduates and over 4,000 staff, Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges of the federal University of London. It has awarded its own degrees since 2012.

Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research, investing in cutting-edge facilities and recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. Thirty-three percent of its student body and 41% of its academics are from overseas, and in the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, 34% of its research was rated world-class, with a further 52% rated internationally excellent.

The university teaches and researches across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, Queen Mary has had a long-standing commitment to the creation and expansion of knowledge through public engagement. The university prides itself on the diversity of its student body and its support for the local community, including work to improve school education and reduce poverty across London.