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 £474 million.

With over 19,000 undergraduates, 7,000 postgraduates and over 4,600 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. Queen Mary's students and staff come from more than 160 different nationalities and cultures, 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.