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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).

Our location

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’

King’s ranked 11th in THE ‘most international’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’

£130 million funding for health research

£130 million funding for health researchHealth 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

UK Quality Mark for King's College London

UK Quality Mark for King's College LondonThe 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 retains HR Excellence in Research Award for fourth year
HR Excellence in Research Award

King’s is one of 14 institutions to have retained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission after their four year review.

The news comes ahead of the autumn launch of the new Centre for Research Staff Development, which will grow support for King’s research staff.

Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal (Research & Innovation) said:

"Retaining the HR Excellence Award demonstrates the College’s commitment to supporting our research staff."


Further information:  King's retains HR Excellence in Research
Award for fourth year

Times Higher Award for King's Sierra Leone Partnership

Times Higher Award for Sierra Leone PartnershipKing'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 awarded outstanding by Ofsted

King's awarded outstanding by OfstedTrainee teachers at King's College London receive an outstanding training according to the latest Ofsted Initial Teacher Education Inspection Report.

A team of six Ofsted inspectors observed 15 lessons taught by King's trainee teachers and 12 lessons led by newly qualified teachers in 24 schools in London and the South East and concluded that there was 'Outstanding leadership at all levels'.

Further information: King's awarded outstanding by Ofsted
and King's PGCE programme

Impact of King's research work is in top 20

Impact of King's research work is in top 20Research work undertaken at King's by the Conflict & Security Development Group has been named as one of the 20 most impressive examples of research contributing to global development in the UK by the UK Collaborative on Development Science.

The work by King's researchers has helped the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) take major steps in becoming a safe and peaceful region, putting an end to decades of unrest that has killed, injured or displaced thousands.

Further information: Impact of King's research work is in top 20

King's rises 13 places in THE World Rankings

King's rises 13 places in THE World RankingsKing'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 rises to 55th in Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings

King's rises to 55th in Shanghai Jiao Tong World RankingsKing'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
World Rankings

King's is recognised for its race equality work

Race Equality Charter Bronze AwardKing'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 'most improved' in Academic Reputation Survey

King's 'most improved' in Academic Reputation SurveyKing's College London and New York University (NYU) have been identified by Thomson Reuters as the 'most improved' global universities in terms of their academic reputation during 2010-2014.

The Thomson Reuters Academic Reputation Survey reveals shifts in reputation over five years, based on the opinions of over 65,000 academics at 6,500 universities worldwide and across 105 subject areas.

Further information: King's 'most improved' in Academic Reputation Survey

King's team wins Guardian prize for work in Sierra Leone

Kings Health Partners - An Academic Health Services Centre for London. Pioneering better health for allA pioneering team from King's Health Partners have won a top prize at the national Guardian University Awards 2015 for their work fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The King's Sierra Leone Partnership is an initiative of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, an innovative partnership between King's College London and three of London's leading NHS foundation trusts – Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley.

Further information:  King's team wins Guardian prize for
work in Sierra Leone

King's rises in THE Reputation Rankings
Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

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

King's confirmed as world-leading for research
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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

Athena SWAN Bronze Award given to King's
Athena SWAN

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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