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King's College London


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, working men and through evening classes.

The College has grown and developed through mergers with several institutions who have their own distinguished histories. These include the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals; Chelsea College, Queen Elizabeth College, and the Institute of Psychiatry.

A message from the Principal

principal kings college londonKing’s is one of the world’s leading universities with a distinguished history. The College is at the centre of a wide range of leading edge research and top quality teaching and learning.

For over 175 years King’s has made an extraordinary contribution to modern life, particularly in the areas of science, medicine, healthcare, social science, education, law and the arts. Pioneering research at the College continues to help shape the world in which we live.

Although the College has five campuses in London, we are nevertheless an integrated community of around 30,600 people (24,500 students and 6,100 staff), and there are many tens of thousands of former students and staff around the world whom we view as part of the King’s 'family'. Indeed, I am particularly proud that King’s maintains its reputation for friendliness and inclusiveness, and continues to emphasise its tradition of working 'in the service of society'.

Whether you are an existing student or member of staff, or hope to become one, or whether you want to know more about the research, education or enterprise opportunities at the College, I hope you will find plenty to interest you.

Rick Trainor
Principal and President of King's College London

King's College London is...

one of the top 30 universities in the world (2012/13 QS World University Rankings)
• one of England's oldest and most prestigious universities;
• a multi-faculty research-led institution based in the heart of London;
• dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society.

We provide an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions

Advantages of King's

Our teaching, research and innovation

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 (Guy's, St. Thomas' and King's College); no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

King's is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2012/13 QS World University Rankings).

Our location

King's contributes an especially important role to the economic, social and cultural life of London. With four Thames-side campuses between the Houses of Parliament and London Bridge, we are London's most central university, and have links with many of the country's leading cultural and scientific institutions and societies.

King's is working closely with Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, to bring about swifter and more effective improvements in health, and is bringing together research expertise to deliver breakthroughs to patients at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our mission and strategy

King's will build on its numerous accomplishments and formidable current advantages to become an outstanding university institution comparable in all respects with the best in the world. Our strategy is set out in the College's Strategic Plan 2006-2016 and Strategic Review 2011-2016.

Benefits of working at King's

There are many advantages to working at King's. As an employee you are entitled to a range of benefits and services, including:


Your starting salary will be commensurate with your qualifications, skills and experience, and will be paid monthly by direct credit transfer.

Staff development

King's has a strong commitment to organisational and staff development, so staff can perform their jobs effectively and are provided with opportunities for further development. We ensure staff have regular appraisals and personal development plans.

The King's Learning Institute offers a range of opportunities for staff involved in learning and teaching, with programmes designed to enable staff from all disciplines to access courses that are flexible and meet specific needs. Programmes are designed to provide a positive and worthwhile educational experience. Opportunities exist for all staff, at every stage of their career, to develop knowledge of the Higher Education system, to communicate and debate ideas, and to contribute to the changing learning and teaching environments.

Hours of work
Academic staff

Hours for academic staff are unfixed. Standard working hours of duty for full-time academic staff are an indicative 35 hours per week, excluding meal breaks.
Non-academic staff

Standard working hours of duty for full-time staff are 35 hours per week, excluding meal breaks. The College's standard working hours are 9am to 5pm. The College's standard working days are Monday to Friday. In cases where a staff member's regular work pattern includes work on Saturdays and Sundays, these days are considered standard working days for that staff member.

Flexible working

The College aims to provide a supportive environment for staff whose commitments outside the workplace are such that full time employment for 52 weeks of the year is inappropriate.

The College's Flexible Employment Policy endeavours to respond to individual needs of members of staff, wherever it is managerially and financially possible and which also reflects the statutory right to request flexible working by members of staff who are parents of children aged sixteen or under (or of disabled children aged under 18) or are carers of certain adults.


The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) or Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) is available to all employees. In addition, King's has introduced a scheme called PensionsPlus, which is a more effective way to pay into your existing pension scheme, and increases your take home pay.


For new starters, the leave entitlement is 27 days per year plus bank and public holidays granted in accordance with relevant statutes and legislation. In addition, staff will be provided with four concessionary days.

Funding opportunities

The Arts and Sciences Research Office offers expert guidance to staff in all aspects of making grant applications and securing research funding.

Library services

Our libraries, situated across all campuses, provide access to a significant range of print and electronic information resources and IT services. Our collection encompasses over 1.25 million books and thousands of scholarly journals. We also participate in a number of schemes allowing access to the collections of other libraries on a regional and national basis.

Childcare voucher scheme

King's provides a childcare voucher scheme that helps employees save money that is spent on childcare.

Maternity/paternity leave

Employees are entitled to 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks additional maternity leave, and up to 2 weeks for paternity leave.

Health, fitness and sport

King's is keen to promote healthy lifestyles for all its staff. The College operates three outdoor sports facilities. Other facilities include gyms with qualified fitness instructors, and an indoor swimming pool.

Cycle to work scheme

The cycle to work scheme allows employees to make substantial savings on the cost of a bike, safety equipment and accessories.

Awards for excellence in teaching

Awards are given to teaching staff who are recognised for their excellence in teaching, with one award of £1,000 being made annually to one member of academic staff or to a group of academic staff from each of the College's nine Schools.

Associate of King's College London (AKC)

The Associate of King's College (AKC) course provides an opportunity to think about fundamental questions of theology, philosophy and ethics in a contemporary context. The AKC is the original award of the College, being first granted in 1835, and is unique to King's. If you enrol and complete the course you will be eligible for election as an Associate of the College and, when elected, you can use the letters AKC after your name.


King's is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society. A large number of events are held throughout the year by our departments on a wide range of subjects. Many speakers are at the forefront of their fields.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme provides independent, free, confidential advice and guidance on a range of practical issues for staff on both home and work concerns, such as family matters, debt management, relationships, wellbeing, personal development, life events and more.

Annual season ticket loan

All staff may apply for a loan to purchase an annual season ticket for travel to work, which will be interest free and not treated as taxable benefit.

Catering services

King's provides catering services throughout its many campuses. Menus include sandwich platters, snacks, hot and cold buffets, lunches and fine dining.

Language courses

The Modern Language Centre offers a programme of courses in a wide variety of languages for adult learners and professionals, including members of staff at King's, for whom specialist courses and tailor-made tuition can also be provided.

Disability advisory service

If you have a disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, there is support available to you as a member of staff at King's. The Disability Advisory Service, within the Equality and Diversity department, provides advice and information to staff. You are encouraged to let the College know about any specific needs that you may have, so that appropriate support or adjustments can be provided from the start. All information will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

Staff accommodation

Although King's are unable to offer accommodation directly to staff, there may be rooms available for short term periods for those associated with the College, subject to availability. The University of London Housing Services has information about private sector lettings and does have some accommodation available to staff via their Private Housing Unit. Please see the Accommodation pages for further information and contact details.

Email, intranet and remote IT access

All staff are provided with an email address and access to the College intranet. The intranet provides employees with access to a range of College policies, procedures and general information. Secure remote access from home to your email and documents is also available.


The College subscribes to a range of software for staff. Staff at College have access to the Office suite, Project Professional, and Enterprise CAL suite, under the Microsoft Campus agreement. Staff at home are entitled to install and use the Office suite and Project Professional under the Microsoft Home Use Program.

King's Shop

Staff at King’s get a 10 per cent discount on all stock at the King's Shop. A range of high quality items are available, from King’s branded hoodies and
t-shirts to gifts and souvenirs for loved ones. The King's Shop is located by
the Strand Campus, on the corner of Surrey Street.

International film club

The International film club provides a series of free screenings of international films approximately once a month.

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