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King's & London

King's & London

London as part of King's Strategic Vision 2029

Of London, for the world

Our vision is to be a civic university at the heart of London. By contributing wherever we can to the wellbeing of the city in which we make our home, we aim to make the world a better place.  The future of King’s is interwoven with the future of London – as a place to live, work, learn and experience. King's aspires to be of and not just in this capital city, with London integral to King’s and King’s integral to London's success. Connecting the global to the local, we ensure that our international connections add value to the communities around us while our deep local partnerships help us generate new knowledge that may have relevance across the city, the country and the world. We aim to help London address its challenges and opportunities while incorporating its many possibilities in education, research and service – creating the problem-solvers that will help to shape the future not just of London, but of the country and the wider world.

To achieve these ambitions, we will 

  • strengthen our connections with – and porosity to – London’s businesses, policy makers, agencies and institutions
  • deepen our relationships with our home boroughs
  • develop and extend our partnerships with higher education institutions across London.

By 2029, we aim to be London’s leading civic university, making a valuable contribution to the capital’s health and success through a wide range of collaborations that both draw London into King’s and put King’s expertise to work in ways that have meaning for London. Mutually beneficial partnerships will creative diverse opportunities for the King’s community and the communities around us – benefitting society and the economy and affirming King’s position at the heart of London.

These webpages outline some of the work we are already doing, in partnership with London, in pursuit of these goals. You can find out more by clicking on the embedded links throughout these pages or by using the Connect with King’s page. In October 2017, we published the inaugural London Stories publication, featuring the work the university is already doing in partnership with London.

Enhanced and mutually beneficial engagement with London is one of the university’s five strategic priorities in our Vision to 2029. You can find out more about our Vision 2029 here


Education partnerships with London


Through our research collaborations and partnerships with London's businesses, organisations and agencies we work across disciplines to help London address its challenges and opportunities.

Research collaborations with London


We work with partners in London to develop formal and informal learning opportunities for students that integrate London into their experience and help them to develop the skills and networks that will support them in their future careers.

Serving London's communities


Through mutually beneficial relationships with London’s communities, we serve the needs of society and aim to make the world a better place.


King's London Stories

224x135px-LondonStoriesLaunchLondon Stories demonstrates some of the many ways in which King’s is contributing to London’s health and success, fulfilling its role as a major institution at the heart of the capital.



Deborah Bull,
Assistant Principal (London)


Deborah Bull is Assistant Principal (London), providing leadership for both the university’s cultural strategy and for its engagement with London - one of the five strategic priorities in King’s vision to 2029.

Deborah Bull joined King's College London in 2012 following a long and successful career in the arts, first as performer and, more recently, as creative leader and cultural commentator. She danced with The Royal Ballet from 1981 until 2001, performing leading roles throughout the classical and contemporary repertoire. In 2001, she joined the Royal Opera House Executive to devise and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, becoming Creative Director in 2008 and taking the lead on the organisation’s Olympic programming.

Over the last 20 years, her work for television and radio includes the award winning The Dancer's Body and Travels with my Tutu (BBC2) and, for BBC Radio 3 and 4, programmes on topics as diverse as dance, the law and ageing. She is the author of four books, with the most recent, The Everyday Dancer, published by Faber in 2011.

Following her appearance at the Oxford Union in 1996 and a subsequent invitation to deliver the Annual Arts Council Lecture the same year, she has written and spoken on the arts across a wide range of media and in 1998 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts. She has served on Arts Council England, as a Governor of the BBC, as a judge for the 2010 Booker Prize and is currently a member of the governing body of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Vice President, Cultural Development at the British Science Association. 

You can contact the Assistant Principal (London) by email or by phone on 020 7848 7306. 


Lucy Shackleton,
Director, London EngagementLucy Shackleton

As Director, London Engagement, Lucy Shackleton works closely with the Assistant Principal (London) to ensure that the university's engagement with London contributes effectively to faculties’ education, research and service ambitions and that the potential of London is maximised for academics, students, staff and for the communities around us.

Lucy was previously Head of European Engagement at Universities UK, responsible for coordinating the university sector's response to Brexit, influencing EU policy on behalf of UK Vice-Chancellors and working with European and global partners to build the profile and reputation of UK higher education and capitalise on opportunities for collaboration. Lucy also managed the Universities for Europe campaign in the context of the EU referendum.

Prior to that, Lucy worked in the Communication and Information division at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, supporting the development of a UN inter-agency plan on the safety and impunity of journalists in conflict situations.

She holds a Masters degree in European Politics from Sciences Po Paris, University of Bath and Charles University in Prague and a BA in English Literature from the University of Bristol.​

You can contact Lucy by email or by phone on 020 7848 0098.

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