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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

King’s College London’s strategic alliance with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has been particularly strong in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities through joint conferences, research publications and student exchanges.

Through this partnership with UNC, staff and students have access to one of America’s leading public research universities. Our research students in particular are able to form networks with fellow graduate students and professors there, giving them invaluable access to US academia.

'There are many benefits to having King's students on our campus and in our classrooms. They are smart and highly academically motivated, they bring perspectives from other academic traditions and they add significantly to cultural diversity.'

Dr Robert Miles, Associate Dean: Study Abroad and International Exchanges, UNC


Students have been integral to our partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2012-13, 21 second year undergraduate students took the opportunity of going to UNC as exchange students. History student Lauren Clark and English student James Thorpe, who were at Chapel Hill at the beginning of the year for a term, talked about their experience studying at UNC.

Our PhD students have been important contributors to a regular annual workshops held in Philosophy, History and Music. In many instances, PhD students themselves took the initiative to organise joint events, working closely with PhD students at UNC to arrange events both sides of the Atlantic.

Joint conferences and workshops

Joint workshops and conferences in the Department of History over the past year have included:

The Philosophy Department hosted a joint PhD conference with UNC in 2012 which was reciprocated in Chapel Hill this year:

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute has hosted joint events focused on Shakespeare with UNC, both in London and Chapel Hill:


PhD students in the Department of Music recently organised a joint conference in London, following on from a successful pilot event in 2011:

‘The programme for our conference with UNC has been full and everyone has put a lot into the sessions; the variety of formats has allowed a very high level of intellectual exchange, enhanced by the constant involvement of academics from leading universities. I am sure there will be plenty more activity come as a result of this collaboration and I already look forward to the next King’s-UNC Joint Music Conference, in 2015’. 

Fabio Morabito, PhD student in the Department of Music and co-organiser of ‘Performing the Metropolis’

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