Prof. Dr. Maria Rosa Lastra
Queen Mary’s character has been built from the commitment to the progressive and inclusive values of education and research embodied in its predecessors – the People’s Palace (1887), Westfield College (1882), St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College (1822) and England’s first medical school at the London Hospital (1785). These values underpin our approach to research today.
Our values and aims with regard to research are simple – our mission depends on the freedom of our staff and students to pursue and share knowledge within the context of promoting an open, enquiring, educated and tolerant society, recognizing that this fosters the progress of research and benefits society as a whole. We are dedicated to hiring the best and the brightest, and giving them the support and resources that they need. Finally, we are committed to developing our researchers’ careers and to promoting equality and diversity at all levels.
Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. With 21,187 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £300m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges. Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. We have invested in this principle by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. The results of the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – have confirmed our place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK.
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