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The Dean

Why King's has a Dean

King's College London is unusual amongst British educational institutions, in that its Dean is an ordained person, responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff as well as fostering vocations amongst the worshipping community.

If you have any question relating to faith or religious provision please contact the Dean's office.

King's Anglican Foundation

When King's was founded in 1829 it was with the express purpose of ensuring that its students received an education that took seriously the religious dimension to life. Throughout the history of King's its Deans have been key people in ensuring this continues.

Sancte et sapienter

The College motto 'sancte et sapienter' (with holiness and with wisdom) reflects both the College's Anglican foundation and its continuing commitment to religious life and theological education. (For further information regarding the historic role of faith at King's, as well as our modern approach, please see the Dean's Inaugural Lecture.)

Modern-day King's

The modern-day King's includes members from a wide array of backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. Today the Dean is responsible for the College's provision for its diverse religious community.

Deans of King's

Arthur Headlam (1903–1913)

Alfred Caldecott (1913–1918)

Walter Matthews (1918–1931) 

Richard Hanson (1932–1945)

Eric Abbott (1945–1956) 

Sydney Evans (1956–1977) 

Ulrich Simon (1977–1980)

Richard Harries (1980–1987) 

Reginald Askew (1988–1993)

Richard Burridge (1993–present)

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