Eight new partners have joined London’s Knowledge Quarter (KQ) today, bringing the number of organisations involved to 73. The total number of partners is now more than double the number involved at the initial launch of the partnership.
Befitting to the Knowledge Quarter, the new partners are diverse and innovative; new and old. They include the Working Men’s College, Europe’s oldest extant centre for adult education and start-up Stratified Medical Ltd which uses artificial intelligence to help discover new drugs.
The new partners are:
- City University London
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
- International Students House
- Islington Council
- Mind in Camden
- Stratified Medical Ltd
- The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
- WMC – The Camden College
The KQ is a partnership of academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations within a one-mile radius comprising of King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and Euston, who all have within their purpose the creation and dissemination of knowledge.
The KQ’s partners range from internationally significant research institutes to emerging organisations in the creative industries. Partners include the British Museum, the University of the Arts London, Google, Poet in the City, the Digital Catapult, Wellcome Trust, the Guardian and the British Library.
Jodie Eastwood, Project Manager, Knowledge Quarter said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome such an incredible mixture of organisations to the Knowledge Quarter. From new start-ups and research institutes to important community organisations and education providers.
In only a year, the Knowledge Quarter has doubled in size, increasing the number of connections, collaborations and opportunities available to our partners. More and more organisations are choosing to locate and establish themselves in the Knowledge Quarter to be part of what we believe to be the world’s greatest cluster.
In particular, the addition of City University London and the Working Men’s College means that the Knowledge Quarter now represents eight higher education institutions and two further education institutions which collectively have within them 580 groups, centres and institutes, 13,700 academics and 98,500 students. It is difficult to imagine an area which such a concentration of research, students and academics anywhere else in the world.”
With over 17,000 students and 2,000 members of staff, City University London is a leading international University and the only university in London to be both committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. It plays a crucial part in the London region’s knowledge economy and, by extension, in the world.
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is a membership organisation for qualified and practising mathematicians. It has a membership of around 5,000 comprising of mathematicians from all sectors, as well as those with an interest in mathematics. It exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good.
International Students House is a charity dedicated to providing accommodation and welfare support to overseas students in London. It is a diverse community, being a ‘home away from home’ for around 600 residents from over 100 different countries. It was founded as a residential site in 1965 with the aim of improving international understanding and friendship. Today International Students House is a modern enterprise which provides unique opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange between residents, alumni, non-resident members and the local community.
Islington Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Islington in Greater London. Its vision is to make Islington fairer and to create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the same opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life. It is responsible for key services such as social care for children and adults, youth services, housing, planning, public health, community safety, environmental services, leisure, arts and Culture.
Mind in Camden has a track record of over 25 years of successfully delivering community mental health services. It as independent charity affiliated to national Mind. Its mission is to work alongside people with lived experience of mental health, to promote and provide for the well-being, interests and rights of people experiencing mental health issues. It achieves this through supporting organisations through training and development work as well as facilitating a wide range of direct service provision.
Stratified Medical Ltd is a London-based drug development company that uses artificial intelligence to change the way knowledge is created, connected, and applied. Founded in 2013, it uses deep judgment and applied machine intelligence combined with pharmaceutical expertise to accelerate the process by which new medicines are discovered and developed.
The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research seeks to carry out research to improve health and healthcare using data from electronic health records, genetics, imaging and wearables. It is comprised of four nodes distributed across the UK. In London, the institute is collaboration between UCL, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary University of London, the National Health Service organisations in UCL Partners and Public Health England.
WMC-The Camden College (Working Men’s College) is the oldest surviving Adult Education institute in Europe and was founded in 1854. Its mission is to “provide diverse, enriching and enjoyable lifelong learning including skills for work, in a supportive environment, for adults in Camden and the local area.” It delivers a diverse range of full and part-time courses to over 6,000 learners; half of which are Camden residents.
About the Knowledge Quarter
The Knowledge Quarter is a partnership of 73 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations within a one-mile radius comprising of King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and Euston, who all have within their purpose the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Since its launch in December 2014, it has welcome a further 39 organisations as partners including the Alan Turing Institute, the Arts Catalyst and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The Knowledge Quarter fosters knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff and users of cross-disciplinary communities to exchange ideas, expertise and evidence.
The Knowledge Quarter partners collectively represent:
- 8 higher education institutions.
- 17 cultural institutions.
- 22 museums and galleries.
- 29 libraries and archives.
- 73 partner organisations.
- 580 research groups, centres and institutes.
- 3,000 scientists.
- 13,700 academics.
- 57,000 staff.
- 98,500 students.
- 10,000,0000 annual visitors.
- 180,000,000 catalogued items.