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The Principal

A message from the Principal

Principal and President Rick Trainor at the King's Lifetime Awards 2010King’s is one of the world’s leading universities with a distinguished history. The College is at the centre of a wide range of leading edge research and top quality teaching and learning.

For over 180 years King’s has made an extraordinary contribution to modern life, particularly in the areas of science, medicine, healthcare, social science, education, law and the arts. Pioneering research at the College continues to help shape the world in which we live.

Although the College has five campuses in London, we are nevertheless an integrated community of more than 25,000 students and more than 6,500 staff and there are many tens of thousands of former students and staff around the world whom we view as part of the King’s 'family'. Indeed, I am particularly proud that King’s maintains its reputation for friendliness and inclusiveness, and continues to emphasise its tradition of working 'in the service of society'.

Whether you are an existing student or member of staff, or hope to become one, or whether you want to know more about the research, education or enterprise opportunities at the College, I hope you will find plenty to interest you.

Rick Trainor
Principal and President of King's College London

Office of the Principal

The office of the Principal is established by the Charter of the College as 'the chief academic and administrative officer of the College' and the College Statutes require the Principal to have the general responsibility to the Council for 'ensuring that the objects of the College are fulfilled and for maintaining and promoting the efficiency, discipline and good order of the College'.

The Principal is the Accounting Officer responsible to the Higher Education Funding Council of England for the proper expenditure of moneys made available by the Council, and by other agencies and contracting parties.

Subject to Statute, students are admitted and their registration terminated on academic or disciplinary grounds, staff are suspended and persons may be excluded from the premises of the College in the name of the Principal. The Principal may delegate many of these powers and the duties devolving from them, and does so, principally to Vice-Principals and Heads of School.

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