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Serving London's communities


Through mutually beneficial relationships with London’s different communities, we serve the needs of society and aim to make the world a better place.

King’s was established to be distinctive by not simply serving our own concerns or those of our students, but by being committed to benefitting others in the wider world. Service is fiercely embraced and deeply embedded in the ethos of King’s. We ensure our students develop not just intellectually, but also personally, ethically and spiritually, with the character and wisdom to use their knowledge for the benefit of others. Our research portfolio has a demonstrable global impact on society. Institutionally, we continue to open up King’s so we are porous to new ideas, innovations and individuals.

Our partnerships with London bring our commitment to service to life: helping our students develop the values and experiences that will equip them to become the change-makers of tomorrow and our academics generate knowledge locally that has transnational impact; helping communities across London develop skills, capacity and talent; supporting the local communities of which we are a part; and ensuring that the knowledge generated within the university is informed by, and adds value to, the city around us. 

page_divider_685px_peagreenFeatured projects 

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Working with years 7-9 students in local boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster


Supporting under-represented students
to begin their university experience and
to fulfil their potential as undergraduate students

224x135px_chalkboard_mathMATHEMATICS SCHOOL
Providing highly motivated students aged 16-19 with high quality mathematics education in the heart of London.


Other projects

Centre For London - Commission on the Future of London's Roads and Streets

Centre for London is convening an independent, expert commission to examine how London can best manage the conflicting pressures on its roads and streets, and tackle problems of congestion, pollution, affordability and road safety besetting London’s surface transport system.

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Children and Young People's Health Partnership

The Children and Young People's Health Partnership is unique in the UK and across Europe in its cross‐organisational, system‐wide, transformative and academically rigorous approach to improving child health services. CYPHP is sponsored by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity. CYPHP's Partners include local children, young people, and families, Lambeth and Southwark CCGs, Lambeth and Southwark GPs, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Evelina London Children's Healthcare, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lambeth Council, Southwark Council, King's College London.

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Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation

The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care opened in May 2010, the result of a partnership between the King’s College London and the charity Cicely Saunders International. The Institute is the first purpose built centre for research into palliative care, offering palliative care courses and other resources relevant to palliative care.

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Cleaning up the Thames

Working with King's students and academics, artist Maria Arceo is conducting a year-long, whole river clean-up operation across all accessible foreshore beaches of the tidal Thames to both clean up the banks of the river and to raise awareness of the levels of plastic waste in our environment. The clean up operation is part of the wider programme, Thames memory & the exploration of future dust.

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Dentistry Outreach

The Dentistry Outreach Team at King's College London provides a range of free services for London state school students who are interested in pursuing a career in Dentistry. Our aim is to encourage students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education to apply for dentistry undergraduate programmes, and to provide them with support and guidance through the application process.

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Enactus KCL

A unique student-run organisation, Enactus KCL believes in the power of commercial and social projects to transform the lives of people in need in local and international communities.

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Health impact of air pollution in London

Working with researchers at King's College London, the GLA and Transport for London commissioned project, estimates, for the first time, the mortality burden of long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in London, as well as providing a new mortality burden estimate for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

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Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival

Just a few days before the referendum, Spitalfields celebrated its rich history - particularly in its Bengali, Jewish, Irish and Huguenot communities - and the family stories, textiles industry, music, architecture and faith communities that grew in it and from it. The festival was a joint initiative of the Swadhinata Trust, Sandys Row Synagogue and Huguenots of Spitalfelds, with the support of the City of London Corporation and Kings College London.

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King's Somaliland Partnership

Since their founding in 2000, the King’s Somaliland Partnership (KSP) has pursued a partnership approach to healthcare system strengthening. Aiming to build capacity by maximising the collaboration between health professionals and institutions in the UK and Somaliland, KSP is run from the King’s Centre for Global Health in London, amd is part of an Academic Health Science Centre that draws on the clinical, educational and research excellence of three leading NHS hospital trusts and a global top-20 university.

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London Age-friendly Cities

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy contributed to the London Age-friendly Cities research project as one of 33 projects in the World Health Organization’s global initiative.

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MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London, the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, and UCL Partners, and the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. Launched in April 2014 to promote and grow the world-leading life sciences cluster of England’s greater south east, it is promoting life sciences investment, entrepreneurship and industry in the region.

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Outreach for Medicine

Outreach for Medicine work with students from over 500 non-selective state schools in London. We run a series of free aspiration-raising events for students across Keystages 3, 4 and 5, aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in medicine and healthcare. Many of our events are kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Barbers.

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School Governor Network

The King’s College London School Governor Network is an exciting initiative which forms part of the university's widening participation strategy. We are looking to increase the numbers of university staff serving as governors in local schools and provide training to enhance their skills for the role.

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Shakespeare400 was a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London, together creating a season of events during 2016 to celebrate four hundred years of Shakespeare. The season included theatre, music, opera, dance, ballet, exhibitions and educational and widening-participation events, demonstrating the ongoing vibrancy of Shakespeare’s creative influence in national and global culture.

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SHINE Mentoring

SHINE Mentoring is a volunteer-led charity operating five mentoring programmes to primary schools in the London Boroughs of Southwark. The programmes have shown that providing university student mentors enhances the learning and development of children through proactive support and positive role models.

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SMILE Society

The KCL Smile Society is a non profitable charitable organisation run by dental students to improve knowledge of good dental health in the local community by volunteering in oral health workshops. The society runs interactive workshops for children in Key Stages 1-3 (age 5 to 14), and intend on providing advice sessions for older students, educating them on good oral health and disease prevention.

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Strandlines Digital Community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities. The site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

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Tooting Common Heritage Project

Tooting Common Heritage Project will work in partnership with local community groups to improve and monitor biodiversity and habitats, to conserve and restore heritage landscape and architectural features, uncover the hidden history of the Common as well as teaching people about the its rich past and biodiversity. It will provide new volunteering opportunities and transferable skills to local residents.

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Virtual St Paul's

The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project will enable us to experience worship and preaching at St Paul’s Cathedral and in Paul’s Churchyard as events that unfold over time and on particular occasions in London in the early seventeenth century. Professor Willard McCarty, a member of our Advisory Committee, Professor of Humanities Computing at King’s College London, provides support to the project and aids collaboration with King's as a civic university.

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