King’s Vision 2029 sets out our ambition to make the world a better place. It builds upon our history of making a significant contribution to society and takes us to our 200th anniversary in 2029.
In the years ahead, we will continue to advance our world-leading education and research while acting in service to society.
We will expand the vast contribution King’s makes to London, working in partnership to serve, support and sustain the city in which we make our home, while playing an increasingly proactive role in our more interconnected and complex world.
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For almost 200 years King's has been at the cutting edge of research-enhanced teaching, educating our students to become critical thinkers and to lead and change the world.
King’s graduates are distinguished not just by their knowledge but by their wisdom, character, service ethic and global mindset.
By 2029 King’s will be a world-leading community of learners with students and staff working across disciplines to change the world for the better.
Research is core to King’s, what we do, what we care about and how we educate.
It is how we channel our creativity to further knowledge and understanding, challenge convention and deliver impact.
Our vision is to deliver research to inform and innovate. By providing the best environment, support and networks for our community – from postgraduate research students to senior academics – we deliver world-leading and outward-looking research focused on meeting the needs of society.
Service is the term we adopted at King’s to describe our commitment to society, both through and beyond, the traditional roles of education and research.
The ethos of King’s is to try to make a better world, putting the needs of others first beyond what might be expected of a university.
This means helping to shape and transform local communities and societies around the world through social reform; embedding service to society within the educational experience; delivering research focused on meeting societal need; supporting volunteering amongst our students, staff and alumni; and helping to protect the environment around us – all leading to positive change both now and in the future.
We aim to be regarded throughout the world as a civic university at the heart of London, working in partnership to contribute to the success of the city in which we make our home while drawing on its many possibilities in education and research.
Through London, students can connect learning with real-world challenges while developing new insights, networks and skills.
By drawing on the lived experience of Londoners as partners in the co-creation of new knowledge, King’s researchers can develop life-changing ideas with local impact and global relevance.
And by collaborating with London’s businesses, policymakers, universities and further education institutions – and deepening our connections with our home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster – we can generate knowledge that benefits our local and global communities.
We are committed to developing students, staff and alumni who can contribute to building a better, fairer world around them.
Our ambition is to engage and work collaboratively in every region of the world, through partnerships with like-minded institutions, membership in university networks, and engagement with key regional and national stakeholders.
These global partnerships provide diverse and enrichening educational experiences for our students. They support joint research that addresses worldwide challenges. And they help us to serve society through collaborative projects and volunteering opportunities for students and staff that contribute to the prosperity of our local and global communities.
At the heart of our vision for internationalisation are two core values: cultural competency and having a global problem-solving mindset. Our own diversity, curriculum, interdisciplinarity, London location, dedication in service to society and global reach all combine to make this possible.