About the Department of Informatics
The Current Department
The Department of Informatics was formed in August 2010 as a combination of the former Department of Computer Science with the Robotics and Telecommunications groups from the former Division of Engineering and the Centre for Bioinformatics. The Department is organised into eight research groups along with five-cross-cutting hubs. Our research groups and hubs are:
Hubs provide a virtual clustering of researchers from all parts of the Department around a specific theme. Five hubs have been identified: four focus on sectors of economic activity (health, security, urban living and finance), whereas the fifth hub (autonomous systems) provides a technology focus for the whole Department.
As well as developing research collaborations between the eight research groups, our aim is to further develop interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives with other departments in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and across the university. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Informatics at King's was rated as having 92% of its research outputs as world leading or internationally excellent. The 2014 REF results placed the Department in the top 10 of Computer Science and Informatics departments in the UK, when measured by the Power Ranking. In education, the Department aims to provide a stimulating, research-led context in which it will deliver the highest quality programmes, at all levels, through the commitment and enthusiasm of its staff. There are currently 56 full-time academic staff, supported by teams of professional services and technical staff.
The Department is located on the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London, close to the cultural activities of the West End and the South Bank, to the major departments of state at Whitehall, and to the leading financial institutions of the City, and within easy reach of major transport links. The Department moved to the historic Bush House in the summer of 2017, featuring state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces. Although the Department is fairly large in size, there is a friendly and inclusive culture, with regular social and celebratory events to bring staff and students together. Our staff and students come from all over the world, which provides a rich environment for teaching and research. Diversity is positively encouraged with a number of family-friendly policies, including the operation of a core hours policy, the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example maternity leave.
As part of the King’s ambition to be among the world’s truly great universities, there are now efforts to expand provision in science and technology, including in areas that offer connections into existing strengths elsewhere at King’s. This will allow for the possibility to make new academic connections, address world questions in new ways and offer a broader education to the very best students from across the world. For the Department of Informatics, this includes the growth of both our Computer Science and Engineering activities. To support our ambition we are investing £25 million in new laboratories at the Strand campus to provide our students and staff with facilities fit for a world-leading university, with the commitment for further major investment to support the university’s substantial strategic development of science and technology.