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King’s Civic Challenge

King’s Civic Challenge brings together teams of students, staff and local charities to work together to co-create solutions to some of the challenges our communities face.

Designed in collaboration with our partners in Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster,  King’s Civic Challenge invites local charities to work with the King’s community to develop fresh perspectives on local issues. 

It’s one of the ways we aim to make positive change in our home boroughs, as part of our ambition to be a civic university at the heart of London. Through our #KingsLocal approach we’re building stronger relationships with local authorities and working side by side with local organisations and community leaders to develop collaborative approaches to our shared challenges.

We’ve worked with our boroughs to identify where local needs could best be supported by King’s strengths and expertise. King’s Civic Challenge exemplifies all of this. It recognises that by working together we can do even more to address local challenges and opportunities.

Baroness Deborah Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London)

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King’s Civic Challenge 2019

The first ever Civic Challenge ran in 2019/20. At the Grand Final in March 2020, shortlisted teams pitched their projects to a panel of judges from across King’s and our home boroughs, and six teams received funding to make their local projects a reality. 

Four of the prizes awarded aligned to mutual priorities agreed with our home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster: health and wellbeing, business and enterprise, education and attainment and community resilience. A fifth, supported by the Mayor of London, was for student community action. Winning teams received up to £5,000 of project funding for the charity and ongoing support and coaching to help make their projects impactful. 

King’s Civic Challenge is a great opportunity for students to participate in our local communities, share our experiences and develop new ones.

Elena Wüllhorst, a student in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

The winners

Health & wellbeing

Health & wellbeing

Awarded to Carers' Hub Lambeth and the Cardinal Hume Centre in Westminster


King’s work with local communities

What can King's offer me?

For local communities

Connect with King's, take part in activities across our campuses or find support or advice

Space sharing

Space sharing

King's offers local community organisations the opportunity to use King's space with no hire fee

Board Bank

Board Bank

Supporting local charities to identify new trustees