News archive 2009
Welcome Fair 'best ever'28 Sep 2009, PR 197/09
This year's Welcome Fair, organised by the Students’ Union (KCLSU), welcomed hundreds of new students to King’s on 24 and 25 September. Hailed as ‘the best ever,’ the 2009 Fair showcased a wide variety stalls from student societies, College departments and local and national companies.
King’s was recently voted the number one university for City Life by Whatuni.com, with the Students’ Union featuring in the top 10. King’s central London location offers students access to everything that a global capital city has to offer.
Commenting on the success of the fair, KCLSU President, Ryan Wain, said ‘The Fair provides an excellent introduction to all the social and extra-curricular activities at the College. There was a real buzz over the two days, as students signed up for the many clubs, societies and other activity groups available. We encouraged everyone to get involved as much as possible to make the most of their time at King’s.’
In addition to the Fair, KCLSU have lined up a packed schedule of exciting welcome events to suit everyone over the coming weeks, including sports inductions, comedy nights and music performances.
The KCLSU Welcome Fair follows on from the popular Family Programme Welcome Fair, run by the Development & Alumni Office, which over 1,000 parents, guardians and partners of new undergraduate students attended on 19 September as an introduction to the College community.
For information about the full programme of induction events and welcome information visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/admin/facser/newstudents/ and
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For further information on Whatuni.com rankings:
KCLSU (King’s College London Students’ Union) is an independent organisation that exists to support the 21,000 students at King’s, through the provision of extracurricular activity; information and advice; opportunities to broaden skills and representation.
In 2007 KCLSU was named ‘Most improved trustee board’ category in the Third Sector Excellence Awards. It was awarded the Investors in People standard in 2005 and in 2007, became only the second students’ union in the country to achieve the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. For more information about KCLSU, see: http://www.kclsu.org/
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King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2008) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has more than 21,000 students from nearly 140 countries, and more than 5,700 employees. King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.
King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.
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