Values and Purpose
The Associateship of King’s College (AKC) is the original award of the university, dating back to its foundation in 1829 and reflecting its first motto: ‘sancte et sapienter’ (with holiness and wisdom).
AKC lectures enrich and broaden the academic curriculum at King’s in a unique way.
The 1829 Royal Charter states that the purposes of King’s College are to maintain the connection between ‘sound religion and useful learning’ and to teach the ‘doctrines and duties of Christianity’.
The AKC remains faithful to this commitment to taking religion seriously, and aims to promote intelligent, open-minded reflection on theological, philosophical and ethical questions.
The 21st-century AKC offers an inclusive, research-led programme of lectures that give King’s students the opportunity to explore diverse religious and cultural perspectives, alongside their main programme of study. In recent years, AKC lecture series have focused on migration, the religious history of London, and ethics in cultural context.
The AKC is at the heart of the College’s commitment to an international, interdisciplinary, and innovative curriculum: it seeks to foster an understanding of different beliefs and cultures that can be taken into wider society. The programme is unique to King's College London, and is the only course open to all King’s students, as well as to staff and alumni.
More than 2000 members of the King’s community now follow the AKC every year.
The AKC Programme offers two series of academic lectures each year, on every campus. It is normally a three-year programme, designed to run alongside students’ main programme of study.