Advantages of King's
Our teaching, research and innovation
King's College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning, in the service of society.
We are a multi-faculty institution, providing high-quality teaching, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences.
As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education.
King's is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe, and is home to four Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals (Guy's, St. Thomas' and King's College).
King's is working closely with Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, to bring about swifter and more effective improvements in health, and is bringing together research expertise to deliver breakthroughs to patients at the earliest possible opportunity.
King's is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings).
King's contributes an especially important role to the economic, social and cultural life of London. With four Thames-side campuses between the Houses of Parliament and London Bridge, we are London's most central university, and have links with many of the country's leading cultural and scientific institutions and societies.
The King's Walks show some of the interesting places to visit between the King's campuses.
Our mission and strategy
Our vision is to make the world a better place.
We have been making the world a better place for almost 200 years. Since our foundation in 1829, King’s students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society.
King’s 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. Students will be educated to become rounded critical thinkers, with the character and wisdom to make a difference in the world around them. Through the highest quality disciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations, our students and staff will develop insights and solutions for the many and diverse challenges faced around the globe. King’s will be the university that makes a significant and innovative contribution by serving the needs and aspirations of society and the wider world.
Some recent accolades
King’s ranked 11th in THE ‘most international’
£130 million funding for health research
King's has been placed 11th in the Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017 Rankings - a rise of nine places on last year.
Phil Baty, THE World University Rankings Editor said:
“King’s College London is an outstanding performer in the World University Rankings for a number of clear reasons: world class research and strong teaching, of course, but one major aspect fuelling excellence at King’s is a truly international outlook and a big global footprint.”
Professor Ed Byrne, AC, President and Principal of King’s said:
“This excellent result is testament to how our multi-disciplinary nature is enabling us to work closely with the best international partners – and also to the hard work of our staff to nurture and develop global collaborations with impact.
It demonstrates once again, the importance and benefits of combining our collective strengths and expertise in the pursuit of tackling pressing global issues together and making the world a better place.”
Dr Joanna Newman, Vice Principal (International) said the recognition reflected King’s drive to attract the best minds from around the world and also a desire for internationalisation to become the very fabric of King’s:
“King’s has made real strides to broaden its global reach by developing existing partnerships and creating new ones. This is increasingly a vital part of enriching the quality of our education experience and our research.”
Further information: King’s ranked 11th in THE ‘most international’
UK Quality Mark for King's College London
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced more than £130million funding for pioneering mental and physical health research in southeast London on a visit to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The funding has been awarded to the Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) at South London and Maudsley and Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trusts and their academic partner King’s College London, to continue their ground-breaking research into innovative new treatments for patients over the next five years.
Further information: £130 million funding for health research
and King's Health Partners, Academic Health Sciences Centre for London
King's retains HR Excellence in Research Award for fourth year
Times Higher Award for King's Sierra Leone Partnership
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at King's College London following its review in June 2016.
Tessa Harrison, Director, Students & Education, at King's College London said:
"We are delighted that the QAA outcome was so positive for King's and especially that our strengths in widening participation, student engagement with the King's research culture and the wide range of extracurricular activities supporting student employability were recognised by the QAA review team. We are looking forward to continue working with our amazing staff and students to further enhance our approach to quality assurance and enhancement."
Further information: UK Quality Mark for King's College London
King's awarded outstanding by Ofsted
Impact of King's research work is in top 20
King's rises 13 places in THE World Rankings
King's Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) has won a prestigious Times Higher Education Award in recognition of its work to support the development of sustainable health services in West Africa.
Dr Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International) at King's College London, said:
"This fantastic achievement goes to show how our expertise in global health and commitment to partnership working is having a profound impact on people around the world and on changing health policy which has the potential to save millions more lives."
Further information: Times Higher Award for Sierra Leone Partnership
and King's Centre for Global Health
King's rises to 55th in Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings
King's College London now ranks 27th in the world and 7th in the UK, having risen 13 places in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16.
Commenting on the rise, Professor Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal of King's, said:
"I'm delighted that King's has risen from 40th position internationally in 2014–15 to 27th position this year. This is a significant achievement and testament to the progress we continue to make towards being universally recognised as a world top 20 university."
Further information: King's rises 13 places in THE World Rankings
King's is recognised for its race equality work
King's College London has risen from 59th position in the world in 2014 to 55th in the 2015 international league table of higher education institutions produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. King’s remains in 7th position in the UK.
Further information: King's rises to 55th in Shanghai Jiao Tong
King's 'most improved' in Academic Reputation Survey
King's team wins Guardian prize for work in Sierra Leone
King's rises in THE Reputation Rankings
King's is one of the first universities to receive recognition for its race equality work. Addressing race equality for our staff and students is viewed as a key priority and an essential component in enabling us to achieve our world-class aspirations and excellence in teaching and research.
Further information: King's is recognised for its race equality work
King's confirmed as world-leading for research
King's College London has risen from 43rd to 31st place in the Times Higher Education world rankings of universities by reputation.
The reputation rankings are based on the considered expert judgement of senior, published academics from across the world, with 10,500 respondents from 142 countries.
The rankings highlight King's continued success in building global profile and reputation through international research, collaboration and partnerships.
Further information: King's rises in THE Reputation Rankings
Athena SWAN Bronze Award given to King's
King's has risen to 6th position* nationally in the 'power' ranking – up from 11th in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008. King's has also risen to 7th position* for quality – up from 22nd in 2008.
84 per cent of our research has been deemed 3* and 4* (up from 61 per cent in RAE 2008), meaning that it is regarded as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
*Times Higher Education REF rankings
Further information: King's confirmed as world-leading for research
King's has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2007 and gained its Bronze institutional award in 2008. The university's Bronze award was renewed in September 2013 for a further three years.
Athena SWAN is a Charter which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) subjects.
Further information: Athena SWAN Bronze Award given to King's
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