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London Stories 2017

London Stories highlights the projects, partnerships, research and student initiatives that demonstrate how King’s is helping London to address its challenges and opportunities.

These stories show the breadth and depth of King’s commitment and connectivity to the city in which we live, work and learn. One of the five underpinning pillars of King’s Vision 2029 is its London ambitions: for the university to make a valuable contribution to the capital’s health and success through collaborations that both draw London into King’s and put King’s expertise to work in ways that have meaning for London.

By 2029, King’s aims to be regarded throughout the world as London’s leading civic university. London Stories demonstrates some of the many ways in which King’s is delivering on its ambition to contribute to London’s health and success, fulfilling its role as a major institution at the heart of the capital.

The first edition of the annual London Stories publication can be viewed and downloaded here and the stories within it can be found below. 



224x135px_mathsschoolTHE SUM OF ACHIEVEMENT

King’s Maths School is a place where mathematics is brought to life for young people. Opened in 2014 and located in the heart of London, this state-funded school is run in partnership with King’s.

224x135px_legalandfreeLEGAL AND FREE

Law students at King’s College London are making the leap from knowing the law to practising the law in a ground-breaking move that will also enable them to serve the university’s wider communities.

224x135px_plasticA RISING TIDE

Academics and researchers from King’s Departments of Geography, Chemistry and Informatics worked with King's Artist Maria Arceo to draw Londoners’ attention to the rising tide of plastic.

224x135px_changingattitudesCHANGING ATTITUDES

King's researchers are working with  Barking and Dagenham residents to better understand their experience of change and diversity to help enable greater cohesion and community integration.

224x135px-parkAN APP FOR CITY LIVING

The Urban Mind app measures users’ experience of city living, collecting
real-time data that is helping us understand how different aspects of
the urban environment affect our
mental wellbeing.


224x135px_kingscommissionA COMMISSION FOR THE FUTURE

King's Commission on London provides substantive, evidence-based recommendations on how London can be more liveable, sustainable, productive, healthier and inclusive, and better connected. 

224x135px_ambulanceA DASH TO SAVE LIVES

Researchers at King’s Department of Informatics and the Policy Institute are working with the London Ambulance Service to explore how new and emergent forms of data could help support the way ambulance dispatch decisions are made.

224x135px_philosophyPHILOSOPHY IN PRISON

King’s Department of Philosophy piloted an eight-week philosophy course for prisoners at HMP Belmarsh in south-east London. Topics included personal identity, freedom, scepticism, the ethics of belief, mental health and moral philosophy.

224x135px_legalandfreeKING'S BUSINESS SCHOOL 

King's Business School leverages its extensive network of London-based partnerships and is a hub for
engagement with the capital's business and finance communities, the City, government and NGOs. 

224x135px_culturalchallengeCAN ART CHANGE THE WORLD?

King's Cultural Challenge invites King's students to debate ideas for how art and culture can make the world a better place, in partnership with four of London’s most innovative cultural organisations.

224x135px_k+THE K+ EFFECT

King’s flagship widening participation programme, K+, aims to support students aged 16 and over who attend non-selective state schools or colleges across London and Greater London. 



224x135px_sciencegalleryCREATIVE COLLISIONS

Science Gallery London, opening in
2018 on King's Guy’s Campus,
connects art, science and health
to drive innovation in the heart
of London. 

224x135px_datadivingDATA DIVING

Student hackathons analyse and explore data to help deliver practical solutions to  challenges that affect Londoners’ everyday lives.


In a community centre in Battersea,
south London, King’s student volunteers are helping children from refugee backgrounds with their homework.

224x135px_learningbydoingLEARNING BY DOING

King’s students are encouraged to enhance their learning by doing, making the most of London as a living classroom and in turn contributing to the city.

224x135px_openwideOPEN WIDE

Clinical Humanities for Dental Undergraduates gives students an interdisciplinary perspective by drawing on King’s location in London.


King’s Leadership Mentoring Programme pairs current students with King’s alumni, based in and around London, who offer inspiration and support. 

224x135px_rewritingthescoreREWRITING THE SCORE

Music in London 1800-1851 is a five-year research project in King's Department of Music, emphasises the city’s unique position in European musical culture.

224x135px_smileSERVICE WITH A SMILE

Armed with giant toothbrushes and enormous plaster casts of teeth, members of King’s College London SMILE Society are educating local children about why they need to keep their teeth clean – and why dentists are nothing to be afraid of.

224x135px_sleepsoundlySLEEPING SOUNDLY

A remarkable collaborative project between the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care and the University of the Arts London offers a fresh perspective on the long-standing problem of hospital noise levels.


A new partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service and LGC, a leading provider of forensic services, is enabling King’s academics to provide new, innovative research to London’s
policing units.


London’s high buildings, dense road network and sheer size make our city one of the most polluted places in the country, and King's is a leading provider of air quality information and research.


King’s state-of-the-art Drug Control Centre delivered the anti-doping analysis at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.


King’s Entrepreneurship Institute took students on a road trip around the city, stopping to meet start-ups and ventures from across the London tech and innovation sectors along the way.

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