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Imperial College London is setting up four cross-cutting “schools of convergence science” to encourage staff to work with researchers in different disciplines on grand challenges.

Under a new institutional strategy unveiled on 5 March, Imperial’s staff will join one of four newly created academic schools focused on climate, energy and sustainability; human and artificial intelligence; health, medtech and robotics, and space; and security science and telecommunications – while also retaining their affiliation to their respective departments.

The new structures are designed to improve interdisciplinary research and lead to more cross-disciplinary taught master’s programmes.

Speaking to Times Higher Education, Imperial’s president, Hugh Brady, said the new schools would lead to “cross-cutting research at an unprecedented scale”.

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