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King's wins 'University of the Year'

Posted on 12/09/2010

‘University of the Year 2010/11’

King’s College London has been awarded the title of ‘University of the Year 2010/11’ from The Sunday Times, one of the most prestigious and influential newspapers in the world.

The accolade, won by Oxford last year and Loughborough in 2008, is designed to recognise all-round excellence, encompassing a range of aspects of research, teaching, and the student experience.

The announcement of the award was made in The Sunday Times University Guide, which was published on 12 September 2010, and provides profiles of all the UK’s higher education institutions, and a British university league table. This is compiled using a number of criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, academic peer review, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, dropout rates and graduate employment levels. In every one of the criteria, King's has improved its position this year, the only university to have done so.

2010 has been an exceptional year for King’s that has seen a 13 per cent rise in undergraduate applications and a 30 per cent rise in postgraduate applications, as well a rise in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the QS international league table of universities (to 21st position).

The College has attracted worldwide attention for a large number of pioneering research breakthroughs that embrace such different areas as detecting autism from a 15-minute brain scan and analysing the Domesday book, whilst students continued to play a large part in the College’s global reputation, winning a prestigious law Moot in Vienna, and a European Hedge Fund challenge. The College’s Extended Medical Degree programme continues to be one of the country’s most admired widening participation initiatives.

During 2010 the College also opened the world’s first Institute of Palliative Care, and a unique African Leadership Centre in Nairobi, in addition to acquiring the East Wing of Somerset House, part of which will be opened to the public for the first time as a cultural centre.

Commenting on the award, Professor Rick Trainor, Principal, said: ‘It is thrilling to be awarded the title of University of the Year, and this is a great tribute to the entire College community. National financial issues have put pressure on the College (as well as every other university) over the last 12 months, but our staff and students have remained committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and learning, and outreach. King’s has a long and distinguished history, but receiving this accolade must rank as one of its finest moments.’

Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times University Guide said: 'King's College is an outstanding institution however you judge it. It is not only a prized destination for students in the United Kingdom but a plum draw for students across the world. Teaching and research excellence are to be found everywhere. Quite rightly, its medical pedigree is to the fore, but the range of world-class expertise embraces the humanities, law and social sciences to almost as great an extent. It is very rare for an institution to improve on every measure that we take into account in our league tables - but that is what King's has done this year. It turns out high-quality graduates who get good jobs and who are able to make both a success of themselves and a contribution to society. Our award of The Sunday Times University of the Year is thoroughly deserved.'

More details are available at The Sunday Times charges £1 for access to its website. 

King's was ranked 10th overall.

Notes to editors

King's College London

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2009) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has nearly 23,000 students (of whom more than 8,600 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and some 5,500 employees. King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

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