King's College London
King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs.
King's professors played a major part in nineteenth-century science and in extending higher education to women and working men through evening classes.
The university has grown and developed through mergers with several institutions each with their own distinguished histories. These include:
United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals
Queen Elizabeth College
Institute of Psychiatry.
Our vision is to make the world a better place.
Since our foundation in 1829, our students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society.
Our Strategic Vision, launched in January 2017 takes us to our 200th anniversary in 2029 and builds upon our history of making a full contribution to society.
We will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world.
We will continue to expand the huge contribution King’s makes to London and through that a national contribution within the UK, and beyond that to an international community that serves the world.
At the heart of our vision for internationalisation are two core values: cultural competency & having a global problem solving mindset.
We define cultural competency as the ability to see the world through the lens of others – in all their diversity. This includes people from different nations and regions, socio-economic backgrounds, races, genders, ages, religions and abilities.
Students and staff at King’s develop their cultural competency at home, abroad and online. Our own diversity, curriculum, interdisciplinarity, London location, dedication in service to society and global reach all combine to make this possible.
We are committed to developing successful students, staff and alumni who can contribute to building a better, fairer world around them. The best minds with a clear sense of mission and world changing ideas come to King’s and are helped to develop and implement these ideas.
We are an international community that serves the world.
one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
the fourth oldest university in England
research-led and based in the heart of London.
King’s has over 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and over 8,500 employees.
King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research:
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings
Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*)
The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of just over £778 million.
King’s has a distinguished reputation in:
the sciences, including health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry
social sciences, including international affairs.
King's is in The Complete University Guide's Top Ten (2018/19) for:
Business & Management Studies
King’s has influenced many of the advances that shape modern life, such as:
the discovery of the structure of DNA
research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar
medicine and healthcare, including antiseptic surgery and palliative care. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe.
King’s Health Partners
King’s, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King’s Health Partners. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration. For more information, visit the King's Health Partners' website.
Francis Crick Institute
King’s is a founder member of the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical discovery institute bringing together six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations to understand the fundamental biology underlying health and disease and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat major illnesses.
King's Strategic Vision 2029
King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.
The Vision demonstrates how King’s will continue to inspire future generations, through a rounded education, to be the critical thinkers, problem solvers and change-makers the world needs. Through the highest quality disciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations, King’s staff and students will contribute insights into and solutions for the world’s many diverse challenges. As a community of staff, students, partners and collaborators, King’s will serve the needs and aspirations of society both locally and across the globe.
Ranking / Awards
One of the world's top research institutions
King’s is one of the top 25 universities in the world, 2016-17 QS international world rankings
Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*) in REF 2014
Outstanding REF 2014 Results
Ranked King's 7th in the UK for Quality
King's ranked 4th amongst multi-faculty universities for research Impact
71% of King's submitted staff were in Units of Assessment with a top decile ranking
92% of King's submitted staff were in Units of Assessment with a top quartile ranking
40% of the overall work submitted was considered world leading (4*)
12 Nobel Prize Laureates
Twelve people who have worked or studied at King's and its constituent institutions have been awarded the Nobel Prize including the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Professor Peter Higgs, Mario Vargas Llosa and Sir James Black.
As part of King’s commitment to advancing gender equality, we’ve been held a bronze Athena SWAN award since 2016, and hold 20 silver and bronze awards across our nine faculties.
HR Excellence in Research Award
King's is delighted to have retained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award at the four year stage.The award is made in recognition of a demonstrated commitment to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
The Concordat outlines a set of key principles which underpin the working conditions and career development opportunities that should be offered to research staff and define responsibilities of researchers in achieving their own potential.
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