Measuring our success

Tommy’s is committed to making pregnancy and birth safer for all. We believe that to do that we need to carefully monitor our research to make sure we're making progress towards that goal.

Our research centres are independently reviewed every two years by leading professors from around the world. 

In addition, each centre must report its own annual progress on key performance indicators. The key indicators are summarised below.

Each year the centres also report additional data on esteem indicators, grants that arose as a result of funding from Tommy's' grants, new tools for research, training and career development, as well as impact on health policy, new products and inventions. To view these reports, please email us at

To read about recent achievements on our research centres please click here.

Further measures (12 months to Nov 2015)








Current grants held excl. Tommy's funding

(total value of grants)







 Tommy's funding (annual)  400  400  400
 Estimated % of annual research centre spend  17  25  15


Staff composition

London  No staff % staff Manchester
No staff
% staff Edinburgh
No staff
% staff
Principle Investigators 12 13% 18 24% 8 21%
PhD and MSc students 24 25% 28 37% 6 16%
Other staff 59 62% 29 39% 23 63%
 Total 95   75   37  


Date of last peer review audit

London Manchester Edinburgh
  June 2016 June 2016 June 2016


Number of peer reviewed scientific papers

% total Manchester
% total Edinburgh
% total
Impact factor greater than 7 17 21% 3 5% 5 8%
Impact factor between 3 and 7 27 32% 27 44% 42 67%
Impact factor up to 3 39 47%  31  51%  16  25%
TOTAL  83    61    63  


Highly cited papers

London Manchester Edinburgh
>50 citations 9 4 4



London Manchester Edinburgh
Number of patents held/pending 1 1 1


Leverage obtained







Additional funding leveraged as a result of Tommy's grants 1,859 3,417 2,000

Read more about our research

  • Three pregnant women sitting in a row

    Research into health and wellbeing in pregnancy

    In addition to our core work on miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and pre-eclampsia, Tommy’s also funds projects that research the effects of lifestyle and well-being on pregnancy and on the later life of the child.

  • Team of researchers

    Research into stillbirth

    When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Incredibly, over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Tommy’s research is dedicated to improving these shocking statistics.

  • Nurse monitoring premature baby in hospital

    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK and many suffer lifelong consequences as a result. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.

  • Clinical researcher looking at test tube

    Research into miscarriage

    Miscarriage affects 200,000 couples every year in the UK, with 85% of miscarriages happening in the first 12 weeks. Often parents receive no answers to their questions. We want to change that.

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