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King's Vision 2029

King's vision is to make the world a better place.

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Here are just a few inspiring examples of how the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is bringing King's vision into reality.

 

Educate to inspire and improve

A medical curriculum designed to transform healthcare

Our MBBS curriculum reflects our mission to develop and educate future doctors able to transform healthcare, including developing doctors who are critical scientific thinkers and who strive to become global citizens.  Supporting innovation for patient benefit is at the heart of the curriculum’s Quality Improvement Project (QIP).  Guest speaker at the inaugural QIP Student conference was King’s medial graduate and now junior doctor, Bhavagaya Bakshi, co-founder of Project Medicine. The start-up company has developed an app that is helping doctors detect cancer in patients. 

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Pictured: Dr Bhavagaya Baskshi and Dr Miles Payling, founders of Project Medicine.

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Enabling talent to shine - widening access to medicine

The Faculty introduced the first widening access to medicine degree programme which since its inception in 2001 has produced 270 doctors who may not otherwise have had their potential as a doctor recognised.  

King’s Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) offers a more graduated introduction to medical study, providing greater academic and pastoral support for students from non-selective state schools in Greater London or participants of Realising Opportunities across England. From 2018 the eligibility

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Watch Dr Jane Valentine, Co-Director of the Extended Medical Degree Programme talk about the UK’s flagship widening participation programme.

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Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

In 2017 the Faculty launched a new undergraduate course that is raising the bar of a traditional sport and exercise degree. Taught by both academics and clinicians, the course offers a new approach to understanding how sport and exercise can drive health improvement.

Ranked 6th in the UK for Sport & Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism (REF2014), the Faculty’s expertise spans skeletal, cardiac and respiratory, muscles, ageing, and tissue regeneration. Students will learn about the science underpinning our understanding of elite performance, and understand, from a clinical perspective, the effect of exercise on health improvement, while assessing the application of science, including nutrition and psychology. 

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Research to inform and innovate

Enhancing research

The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences was awarded £12m for renewal of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Medical Engineering and £4.1m by the Wellcome Trust to create a high-field magnetic resonance imaging clinical research facility. The Centre is hosted on behalf of the major London institutions, who partner in this award. Together this places King’s at the centre of London’s medical imaging community. 

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The Centre was officially opened by The Princess Royal in December 2017

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Serve to shape and transform

Abbas Khan Medal 

The Dr Abbas Khan Medal was established in 2015 and is awarded annually to a King’s medical student or recent graduate, who has made an outstanding contribution in the service of society, either in the UK or overseas.

2017 award winner was Yasmin Milner and who set up the Knickers for Dunkirk campaign, after spending time in the Dunkirk Refugee Camp. The campaign raised £2,500 within a month which provided a pack of 5 fresh pairs of underwear to each of the 150 women in the camp.

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Faculty PhD student, Sweta Raghavan Sweta founded the charity, Scientists & Co., which aims to promote STEM subjects among pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds through the ‘Shadow A Scientist’ and ‘Science Without Borders’ programmes. Sweta says: I strongly believe that every child deserves an equal start in life. While I was still an undergraduate student in India I began tutoring those less privileged. I didn’t see why I couldn’t continue my work here in the UK; it is my own humble way of giving back to a society that has welcomed me with open arms.'

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A civic university at the heart of London

Air pollution and public health

Air pollution is a serious issue, especially in the capital, and exposure can shorten life. Issues with the air we breathe need to be tackled now, in order to provide a better future for young generations. The Faculty’s Environmental Research Group (ERG) is involved in finding solutions to air pollution in London. The ERG is a leading provider of air quality information and research in the UK.

Researchers from King's work to solve these problems by firstly measuring London's air pollution and conducting independent research. Without this data, we wouldn't know where to begin in terms of solving these problems. This helps provide solutions that policy makers can act on.

Watch Dr Ben Barratt talk about the work of the ERG

  

An international community that serves the world

The King’s Centre for Global Health coordinate global health education, research and capacity building activities. The Centre is supported by a wide range of affiliated staff from across King’s College London and King’s Health Partners.

King's Sierra Leone Partnership

The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, part of the Centre, has been transforming health services overseas. In 2014 a King’s team, led by Oliver Johnson provided critical leadership during the Ebola outbreak.   

Watch Dr Oliver Johnson talk about the King’s team in Sierra Leone. 

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King’s Somaliland Partnership

Since its founding in 2000, the King’s Somaliland Partnership (KSP) has pursued a partnership approach to healthcare system strengthening. The Partnership builds capacity by maximising the collaboration between health professionals and institutions in the UK and Somaliland.

Much of KSP’s work has been carried out in partnership with the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the leading supporter of health partnerships in the UK.

Watch Breaking the Taboo: Sexual Health in Somaliland, one of the Partnerships’ groundbreaking projects.

Both partnerships were Highly commended in the 2017 the Health Services Journal Awards.

 

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