Religion and Belief
King's history and ethos
Religion and belief have played a historical role in the foundation of King's College London and the university continues to be committed to supporting its community in their religious life and spiritual development. Under paragraph 3(1) of the College Charter, the university is charged to ‘have regard both to its Anglican tradition and the diverse beliefs and backgrounds of its members’. King's therefore aims to strike a balance between recognising its Anglican foundations and ensuring that our community’s plurality of religious belief, philosophical belief and no belief is respected and welcomed.
King’s College London is subject to several legal frameworks in relation to religion and belief and these are detailed in the Religion and Belief Policy. Further information on how the university and members of the King’s community meets these responsibilities in practice can be found in the Religion and Belief Guidance.
Religion and Belief Policy and Guidance
The purpose of the Religion and Belief Policy is to outline the expected behaviours of all members of the King’s community in relation to religion and belief.
The Policy covers:
- The legal framework
- Key definitions
- King's history and ethos
- Inclusive enviroment and provision
- Bullying, harassment and hate crime
- Freedom of expression
The Religion and Belief Guidance provides further information on the support and provision available and guidance on how members of the King's community can uphold their responsibilities under the Policy. The Guidance also includes a list of further resources.
The Policy and Guidance were developed through consultation with key stakeholders to understand the requirements of our King's community alongside learning from a range of HEI and public sector best practice guides. Stakeholders included the Dean and Chaplaincy, faculty and directorate colleagues, KCLSU, HR People Partners, staff networks and the Freedom of Expression Standing Advisory Group. HEI and public sector best practice included the Acas guide to religion and belief discrimination and religion and belief guidance from Advance HE.