South Bank Innovation

Our mission

We cultivate Research and Innovation that enhances teaching and tackles global and civic challenges, generates critical insights, and sustainable solutions to transform the lives of individuals, communities, businesses and society.

LSBU was established in 1892 with a mission to provide education and services that improve access to opportunity for the people of south London, and applied research and enterprise activity that advances their businesses. 

Our mission remains the same today. We drive impact and knowledge exchange through South Bank Innovation - a team of 50+ experts passionate about enabling both our academic and student communities to engage with innovation and generate economic and societal benefits at the local, national and international levels. 

SBI shows a truly entrepreneurial approach to its pivotal role in community and academic endeavours

Our history

Delivering impact at local, national and international level


The Borough Polytechnic Institute is launched to improve the mental and bodily health and social happiness of the people in one of the poorest parts of south London

Old image of Borough Road building


The institute supports the war efforts in by manufacturing parts and supplies for the army

1939 - 45

Despite 13000 square feet of the campus being destroyed during the blitz the polytechnic runs classes for servicemen and women to produce jigs and machine components for the war effort including the ‘mend and make do’ classes.

Old lsbu laboratory

The Polytechnic merges with local colleges which sparks the development of new courses in architecture, chemical engineering and business studies.


The Polytechnic celebrates its centenary and is awarded University status becoming South Bank University

LSBU Clarence Centre of Enterprise and Innovation

Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation opens and becomes the home for Research, Enterprise and Innovation, sharing the space with over 60 local startups.


LSBU opens The Passmore Centre, a new hub for professional and technical education, to provide local people and employers with access to high quality apprenticeships

LSBU Croydon Campus

LSBU Croydon campus launches, opening its doors to students and businesses in South London

office bases


Although we've moved to a hybrid approach in recent years, we still have two fixed locations where our team works and activity is delivered.

LSBU Southwark

Clarence Centre
Clarence Centre,
6 St.George's Circus,
London, SE1 6FE

LSBU Croydon

LSBU Croydon
Electric House,
Wellesley Road,
Croydon, CR0 1LB