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 [email protected]

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

Further measures (12 months to Nov 2016)











Current grants held excl. Tommy's funding

(total value of grants)









Tommy's funding (annual) 400 400 400 500
Estimated % of annual research centre spend 9 18 6 6


Staff Composition

London No. staff % staff Manchester
No. staff
% staff Edinburgh
No. staff
% staff Birmingham/ Warwick/ London
Principle Investigators 10 10% 18 18% 4 15% N/A
PhD and MSc students 26 26% 36 37% 4 15% N/A
Other staff 63 64% 44 45% 19 70% N/A
 Total 99   98   27    


Date of last peer review audit

London Manchester Edinburgh Birmingham/Warwick/London
  June 2016 June 2016 June 2016 N/A


Number of peer reviewed scientific papers (12 months)

London No. % total Manchester No. % total Edinburgh No. % total Birmingham/Warwick/London No. % total
Impact factor greater than 7 13 14% 6 9% 10 19% 9 13%
Impact factor between 3 and 7 44 48% 25 36% 30 58% 37 54%
Impact factor up to 3 35 38%  38 55% 12 23% 22 33%
TOTAL 92   69   52   68  


Highly cited paper (2012 - 2014)

London Manchester Edinburgh Birmingham/Warwick/London
>50 citations 16 10 4 N/A


Leverage obtained









Additional funding leveraged as a result of Tommy's grants 1,432 3,044 2,000 N/A

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. Around 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year. Tommy’s research is helping to change this.

  • Nurse monitoring premature baby in hospital

    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK. These babies are vulnerable – they are born before they have grown to cope with the outside world. Tommy’s is saving lives by researching how we can prevent premature births by finding those at risk early on.

  • Clinical researcher looking at test tube

    Research into miscarriage

    1 in 4 women experience miscarriage in their lifetimes, and 1 in 100 have 3 or more miscarriages in a row. We want to change this so that women no longer have to suffer the trauma of losing their babies.

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