University Accreditation : Yes
Centre of Excellence
Overview King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs. King's professors played a major part in nineteenth-century science and in extending higher education to women and working men through evening classes. The university has grown and developed through mergers with several institutions each with their own distinguished histories. These include: United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals Chelsea College Queen Elizabeth College Institute of Psychiatry. Mission and strategy Over the past ten years Kingâ€™s has improved dramatically and has become one of the worldâ€™s leading Universities for both education and research. Looking ahead at a world that depends on being better connected, Kingâ€™s already has the advantage of having disciplines that connect across different cultures, subjects, institutions and geographies. Not least of our advantages is our place at the centre of London, a truly international city with close connections to knowledge and influence that enrich university life in practical and inspiring ways. In September 2014, the President and Principal launched Kingâ€™s Futures, a range of strategic initiatives aimed at further building on our strengths. Kingâ€™s Futures includes growth in areas such as Business, Science and Technology, improving the student experience, refining our focus on research and innovation and reaching further across the globe to attract students and partners alike. It complements a wide range of strategic initiatives that were already underway. This focus on new strategic initiatives, combined with our underlying institutional goals, provides the backbone for a new institutional strategy for Kingâ€™s. This will be further refined into a new institutional vision and strategy over the next 12 months, defining Kingâ€™s role in helping to understand and overcome some of the worldâ€™s great challenges. We expect to publish this vision and strategy in early 2017 and will be working closely with staff, students and external stakeholders between now and then.