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King's College London is a research-led university with an outstanding reputation for driving cutting-edge research across Arts & Sciences and Health. King’s experts advance science, inform policy, shape industry, pursue cultural enquiry and engage communities - in Britain and throughout the world. 

The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and was recognised as a world-leading research institution in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). King’s was ranked nationally as 6th in the ‘power’ ranking, 7th in the ‘quality’ ranking and 4th for ‘research impact’. Overall, 84 per cent of the King’s research submitted for the 2014 REF was deemed 3* and 4* (up from 61 per cent in RAE 2008), meaning that the university’s research is regarded as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

King’s is particularly renowned for its work in Arts & Humanities and is home to world-class and internationally excellent arts and cultural research across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from Music and English to Film Studies to emerging fields such as Digital Humanities. The Culture, Media & Creative Industries department was rated first in the UK for ‘power’ in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and 99% of the Faculty’s research was deemed as having an outstanding or significant impact outside of academia. Examples of this research in action include Professor Ben Quash's landmark collaboration with London's National Gallery, which saw an overhaul in how the institution presents its priceless collection, or the collaboration between the Department of Digital Humanities and the Royal Opera House, which sought to put affordable mobile technologies within reach of arts and cultural organisations, regardless of their size.

Increasingly, Faculties across King’s are collaborating with cultural organisations to pursue research interests. Post-doctoral researchers from the King’s Dental Institute have recently worked with Attitude is Everything – a group that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music – and the Courtauld Institute of Art to test how augmented reality technology can help increase the accessibility of cultural spaces. Academics from the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences have collaborated with The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance to produce a new performance that explores the emerging possibilities for relationships between human behaviour and intelligent environments.

The London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is a doctoral training centre across King’s, UCL, the School of Advanced Studies and Queen Mary University of London. The 2015 summer programme brought together 80 doctoral students from across the arts and humanities disciplines with speakers and facilitators from a range of our cultural partners, including the V&A, Tate, the National Gallery, literary agents AM Heath, the British Library, Routledge, the National Theatre and Lambeth Palace Library, in a series of behind-the-scenes talks, workshops, dialogues, ideas labs and tours. The programme not only provided resources for the students’ own research but also enhanced their practical skills as arts and humanities researchers.

Research collaborations with the cultural sector are brokered by the university’s Cultural Institute.

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