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King's College London

King's College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning, in the service of society. We are a multi-faculty institution, providing high-quality teaching, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King's is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe, and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.


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King’s College London ranks 27th in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings) and in the top 20 of the QS World University Rankings 2014-15 (QS World University Rankings). We are the fourth oldest university in England and based in the heart of London, King's has more than 26,000 students from nearly 140 countries, and more than 7,000 employees.

Top ten nationally for research ‘power’ and ‘quality’

The UK higher education funding bodies allocate about £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research. As well as informing funding allocations, the REF provides accountability for public investment in research, demonstrates its benefits, and provides important reputational yardsticks and benchmarking information about the research performance of UK universities. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) have confirmed King’s College London as a world-leading research university.

King’s has risen to 6th position* nationally in the ‘power’ ranking – up from 11th in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008. ‘Power’ takes into account both the quality and the quantity of research activity. King’s has also risen to 7th position* for quality – up from 22nd in 2008. 84 per cent of our research has been deemed 3* and 4* (up from 61 per cent in RAE 2008), meaning that it is regarded as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The proportion of the university’s overall submission classified as 4* has risen from 19 per cent in 2008 to 39 per cent in REF 2014. King’s submitted 1,369 staff compared with 1,172 in RAE 2008, which represents an increase of 14 percent. 80 per cent of eligible staff were submitted to REF 2014 compared with 79 per cent last time.

*Times Higher Education REF rankings

University fundraising: World questions|King’s answers

Our fundraising campaign World questions|King’s answers was launched publicly in 2010 with a goal to raise £500 million by 2015 and to answer urgent global questions focusing on cancer, children’s health, neuroscience, mental health, understanding shifts in global power and supporting the next generation of global leaders.

In June 2014 we announced that we had reached our target 18 months early and committed to raise another £100 million by the end of the campaign. The campaign is the largest UK higher education fundraising campaign other than Cambridge and Oxford. For more information, please visit the campaign website: www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers

King’s Health Partners

King’s Health Partners is one of the UK’s five Academic Health Sciences Centres. It brings together a world leading research led university (King’s College London) and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley).  

Our aim is to create a centre where world-class research, teaching and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. We want to make sure that the lessons from research are used more swiftly, effectively and systematically to improve healthcare services for people with physical and mental health care problems. This integrated organisation serves more than 1.5 million patients every year, has approximately 25,000 employees and has a combined annual turnover of £2 billion.  For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org

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