Our research found that between 2001 and 2006, more than 1,900 military projects were conducted in the 26 UK universities covered by the report.
In terms of income to these universities, we have estimated the total value of these projects to be a minimum of £725 million.
Out of the 26 UK universities, those conducting the largest number of military projects were, in descending rank order: Cambridge, Loughborough, Oxford, Southampton and University College, London.
Three powerful multinational companies were involved as the sponsors/ partners of over two-thirds of identified military projects: Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and QinetiQ.
The UK government’s military research establishment – including Ministry of Defence (MoD), Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA) and Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) - was involved in a quarter of all military projects at the 26 UK universities.
Over half of all military projects are conducted in university engineering departments, with the rest spread over other science and technology departments.