Golden triangle

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    • The "golden triangle" is a group of elite universities located in the southern English cities of Cambridge, London and Oxford.

      The corners of the triangle are formed by the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and to the south-east, Imperial College London and three constituent colleges of the University of London granted degree-awarding powers: the London School of Economics, King's College London and University College London. The members of the triangle have among the highest research incomes of all British universities and collaborate closely through initiatives such as the G5, SES-5, Global Medical Excellence Cluster (GMEC) and MedCity. The term, originally coined to describe a group of universities with a large research income, is now also used as a short-hand for the members' perceived prestige and reputation.

      The term can be used to refer not just to the universities, but to a resulting wider culture of research and innovation in the three cities.