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Professor Shitij Kapur

Vice-Chancellor & President of King's College London

Biography

Professor Shitij Kapur is the Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London. He returned to lead King’s in June 2021, following more than four years at the University of Melbourne, where he was Dean and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Health) for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and interim Deputy Vice Chancellor (International).

Professor Kapur is well known at King’s having previously served, between 2007 to 2016, as Assistant Principal (Academic Performance), Dean and Head of School for the Institute of Psychiatry and the founding Executive Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Professor Kapur is a member of the College Council and also serves on the Governance and Nominations Committee, the Estates Strategy Committee, the Finance Committee, the Investment Subcommittee, the Governance & Nominations Committee, the Chairs' Committee and the Fellowships & Honorary Degrees Committee.

During his time in Melbourne, Professor Kapur significantly increased the educational footprint of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, introducing innovative models of learning, increasing both research income and impact, while doubling philanthropic support. In collaboration with colleagues across the university and medical research Institutes he was involved in creating the Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health and establishing the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery. He Co-Chaired the Australian Million Minds Mission and during the Covid pandemic took a lead role in bringing together scholars from the Group of Eight Universities to deliver the ‘Roadmap to Recovery – a Report for the Nation’.

Professor Kapur graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1988. He went on to complete his residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Fellowship in Schizophrenia and a PhD in Neuroscience from the Institute of Medical Science, both at the University of Toronto.

Professor Kapur is recognised worldwide for his own research on understanding psychosis and antipsychotic treatment – with over 300 papers, numerous presentations and an H-index of over a hundred. While at King’s he led NEWMEDS, an international consortium of scientists from 19 institutions from nine EU countries, which was one of the largest academic-industry research collaboration projects in its time.

He has received many awards and honorary fellowships including the honours of Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), Fellow of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (Australia) and Fellow of King's College London. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.

News

London Defence Conference 2024 to focus on deterrence and countering rising global security threats

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Vice-Chancellor scholarship awards for Indian PGT students announced

The Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London, Professor Shitij Kapur, has launched a new scholarship scheme for PGT students domiciled in India.

Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London, Professor Shitij Kapur speaking at podium

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Events

21MarFuture of HE - charles clarke

The future of higher education: in conversation with Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke will join Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London discuss what needs to change in higher education and...

Please note: this event has passed.

16JanImage credit Artist: Angela Palmer, Photographer: Andrew Smart

Living well with technology: AI and the future

Amidst the rapid changes affecting all industries, how do we navigate the AI revolution?

Please note: this event has passed.

27NovAcademic freedom image

Principles for reimagining academic freedom

This is the fourth and last event of the King's Presidential Series on Academic Freedom: Charting a course.

Please note: this event has passed.

25MayAcademic freedom website

Is a global common reference for academic freedom desirable? Is it possible?

This event is part of the King's Presidential Series on Academic Freedom: charting a course.

Please note: this event has passed.

27AprGCIDFI Blend

Discovering our Digital Futures and exploring our Global Cultures

King's is pleased to launch the new Digital Futures Institute and Global Cultures Institute.

Please note: this event has passed.

09FebUK and India flags

India’s Foreign Policy and Trade Relations

King’s India Institute will host India’s High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Vikram K Doraiswami for a lecture.

Please note: this event has passed.

16Nov780 Hong Kong

King's South East Asia Tour 2022 - Hong Kong (Online)

Although we cannot travel to Hong Kong this year, we will be livestreaming the event from the Singapore venue, The Fullerton, and inviting alumni in Hong Kong...

Please note: this event has passed.

16Nov780 Singapore 22

King's South East Asia Tour 2022 - Singapore

Catch up with old friends, grow your network and gain valuable insights from your fellow alumni - all at our exclusive alumni events in South East Asia.

Please note: this event has passed.

17Nov780 KL 22

King's South East Asia Tour 2022 - Kuala Lumpur

Catch up with old friends, grow your network and gain valuable insights from your fellow alumni - all at our exclusive alumni events in South East Asia.

Please note: this event has passed.

20May780 Boston 22 Header

King's US Tour 2022: Boston

Catch up with old friends, grow your network and gain valuable insights from your fellow alumni - all at our exclusive alumni events in the US this summer.

Please note: this event has passed.

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Why universities must lead the conversation on redefining academic freedom

The concept of academic freedom, which arose to protect academics and allow them to research and teach in areas where they have scholarly expertise, now needs...

Audience clapping - 1903x558

News

London Defence Conference 2024 to focus on deterrence and countering rising global security threats

Leaders, policymakers, politicians, academics and industry experts will gather this May at King's College London to discuss threats, deterrence and policies...

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in conversation with Iain Martin, Director of the London Defence Conference

King's achieves Student Minds University Mental Health Charter Award

King’s has received the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter Award which recognises their whole-university approach to mental health and wellbeing.

students-in-quad

Vice-Chancellor scholarship awards for Indian PGT students announced

The Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London, Professor Shitij Kapur, has launched a new scholarship scheme for PGT students domiciled in India.

Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London, Professor Shitij Kapur speaking at podium

Launch event marks the opening of Glowbot Garden

Giant soft robots takeover Strand Aldwych

Strand Aldwych at night time with colourful giant robot creatures

King's academics and industry experts discuss developing AI and 'moving beyond the panic'

King’s academics joined policy and industry experts at Science Gallery London on 16 Jan to discuss where we go next with AI development, regulation and policy.

240117_AI & The Future Event Panel

King's and the University of Portsmouth to deliver medical degree

King's and the University of Portsmouth will deliver a medical degree through a branch campus to expand opportunities to study medicine in the south of...

Shitij and Graham Portsmouth

Dr Philip Shaw announced as new Director of King's Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People

As Director of the King’s Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People, Dr Shaw will be responsible for driving clinical and research excellence to...

Dr Philip Shaw

UK universities trapped in 'triangle of sadness', King's Vice-Chancellor says

UK higher education is envied around the world – but the system has now reached its best-by date, a new paper argues

Students in a corridor

£14m provided for research into the brain development of children who were "in the womb" during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers at King’s College London have been given £14m to conduct a six-year research programme into the effects COVID-19 on children.

Brain Health Gen 2020

New free course to help HE sector understand AI impact

Higher education (HE) professionals are being offered the opportunity to better understand the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting the...

Computer generated image depicting artificial intelligence

Events

21MarFuture of HE - charles clarke

The future of higher education: in conversation with Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke will join Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London discuss what needs to change in higher education and...

Please note: this event has passed.

16JanImage credit Artist: Angela Palmer, Photographer: Andrew Smart

Living well with technology: AI and the future

Amidst the rapid changes affecting all industries, how do we navigate the AI revolution?

Please note: this event has passed.

27NovAcademic freedom image

Principles for reimagining academic freedom

This is the fourth and last event of the King's Presidential Series on Academic Freedom: Charting a course.

Please note: this event has passed.

25MayAcademic freedom website

Is a global common reference for academic freedom desirable? Is it possible?

This event is part of the King's Presidential Series on Academic Freedom: charting a course.

Please note: this event has passed.

27AprGCIDFI Blend

Discovering our Digital Futures and exploring our Global Cultures

King's is pleased to launch the new Digital Futures Institute and Global Cultures Institute.

Please note: this event has passed.

09FebUK and India flags

India’s Foreign Policy and Trade Relations

King’s India Institute will host India’s High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Vikram K Doraiswami for a lecture.

Please note: this event has passed.

16Nov780 Hong Kong

King's South East Asia Tour 2022 - Hong Kong (Online)

Although we cannot travel to Hong Kong this year, we will be livestreaming the event from the Singapore venue, The Fullerton, and inviting alumni in Hong Kong...

Please note: this event has passed.

16Nov780 Singapore 22

King's South East Asia Tour 2022 - Singapore

Catch up with old friends, grow your network and gain valuable insights from your fellow alumni - all at our exclusive alumni events in South East Asia.

Please note: this event has passed.

17Nov780 KL 22

King's South East Asia Tour 2022 - Kuala Lumpur

Catch up with old friends, grow your network and gain valuable insights from your fellow alumni - all at our exclusive alumni events in South East Asia.

Please note: this event has passed.

20May780 Boston 22 Header

King's US Tour 2022: Boston

Catch up with old friends, grow your network and gain valuable insights from your fellow alumni - all at our exclusive alumni events in the US this summer.

Please note: this event has passed.

Features

Why universities must lead the conversation on redefining academic freedom

The concept of academic freedom, which arose to protect academics and allow them to research and teach in areas where they have scholarly expertise, now needs...

Audience clapping - 1903x558