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
London 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.
Baroness Bull of Aldwych (Deborah Bull)
Vice President & Vice-Principal (London)
Deborah Bull is Vice President & Vice-Principal (London) at King’s College London and a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. She provides leadership for the university’s London strategy – one of five priorities within Vision 2029. The strategy sets out shared ambitions to draw London into King’s and King’s into London, maximising the potential of the university’s location in the heart of the capital to create new opportunities for staff, students and alumni, while meeting the needs of London and Londoners.
She continues to provide leadership for the university’s cultural strategy, which enables King’s research, education and service ambitions through mutually beneficial partnerships with artists and cultural organisations in London and beyond, strengthening the university’s position as a global leader in engagement between higher education and culture.
Deborah joined King's College London in 2012 following a long and successful career in the arts, first as performer and then as creative leader and cultural commentator. She danced with The Royal Ballet for twenty years before joining the Royal Opera House Executive to devise and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, including its innovative ROH2 programme. She became Creative Director in 2008, taking executive responsibility for ROH Collections and leading on the organisation’s Olympic programming as well as its live relays to Big Screens nationwide.
Deborah writes and presents a wide range of work for television and radio, is the author of four books, and regularly writes and speaks across the media on issues relevant to her work at King’s. She was nominated for a life peerage in June 2018 and joined the House of Lords as Baroness Bull in July 2018. Deborah has served on the Boards of South Bank Centre, 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. She has received honorary doctorates from Derby University, Sheffield Hallam University, the Open University, Kent University and Lincoln University and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the arts in 1998.
You can contact the Vice President & Vice-Principal (London) by email or by phone on 020 7848 7306.
Director, Strategy & Planning (London)
As Director, Strategy & Planning (London), Jim Collins works closely with the Vice President & Vice-Principal (London) and the faculty-based London champions, and is responsible for the implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communication of King’s London strategy.
Jim joined King’s from University College London (UCL) where he was Principal Partnerships Manager (London), leading the development and implementation of the university’s engagement strategies, developing collaborations between UCL and organisations across London. Working at the intersection of higher education, public policy and industry, Jim managed UCL’s relationships with the Greater London Authority, local authorities, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and key cultural and industrial partners across the capital.
Prior to working in higher education, Jim worked in publishing as a Publisher and Commissioning Editor for companies including Oxford University Press, Thomson Learning and SAGE Publications. He holds a BA (Hons) in Languages and Cultural Studies and an MA (French), both from University College Cork, and an MBA in Higher Education Management from the UCL Institute of Education.