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29 June 2021

King's receives Bronze Armed Forces Covenant Award

King's College London has recently received a Bronze Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Strand Campus and Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award Banner

In recognition of King’s commitment to the armed forces community as a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), the College recently received a Bronze Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Bronze Award acknowledges employers that have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by signing the AFC and going above and beyond their pledges.

As a Bronze Award holder, King's College London promotes being armed forces-friendly and is open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

In engaging with the armed forces and defence personnel, King’s has a deep understanding of challenges faced when seeking employment, education and career progression. King’s has consistently demonstrated its support for the armed forces community by implementing solutions for challenges that arise, in strategically making the world a better place – serving the needs and aspirations of society and the wider world.

King’s recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating its commitment to supporting serving and ex-services personnel and their families, and in ensuring they are treated fairly and with respect in society. Signatories beyond King’s, committed to making a difference, include central and local Government, businesses, charities and educational institutions.

In the lead up to Armed Forces Day (Saturday 26 June), the King’s AFC Steering Group held a roundtable to reflect on the scope and importance of the AFC, the experience of the armed forces community at King’s and how the university intends to take forward its pledges under the covenant.

During the event, current students, alumni and staff spoke of their personal experiences of being part of both the King’s and armed forces communities. Watch the full event on our YouTube Channel.

Giles Moon, who attended King’s for an MA in International Relations as part of the army’s Academic External Placement Scheme, spoke of the flexibility and support at King's.

From my experience King’s is very good at supporting the armed forces…I was given time off routinely for when I needed to go back into work and there was a period when doing my dissertation where I was deployed and King’s were brilliant at letting me delay and in helping me through that process thereafter.

Giles Moon, Major

Keicha Colton-Palmer, a Combat HR Specialist (Reservist) and current MSc War and Psychiatry student highlighted the reputation King’s has within the military.

I decided to apply to King’s because of their reputation and relationship with the armed forces and my interest in the work at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. King’s signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a step towards development within civilian population and the military in being able to come together and make things better.

Keicha Colton-Palmer, Combat HR Specialist (Reservist)

King’s College London has a long-standing association with the Armed Forces as the College was founded by the Duke of Wellington and a Department of Military Science was first established in 1845. More contemporary associations include the formation of the Department of War Studies in the 1960s and the establishment of Defence Studies as a department at King’s in 2000 to support a unique academic-military partnership in professional military education at the UK Defence Academy.