King's College London

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King's College London
motto Sancte et sapienter
founding 1829
Sponsorship state
place London , UKUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
management Anne, Princess Royal ( University of London Chancellor ), Ed Byrne (Rector), Christopher Geidt (Chair)
Students 21,755
Employee 7,250
Annual budget £ 902.0 million (2018-19)
Networks Russell group

The King's College London (colloquially called King's or KCL ) is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world and the oldest college of the University of London and one of the oldest and richest universities in the United Kingdom . It was founded in 1829 and got its name after the patronage of King George IV.

The college traditionally ranks at the top of national and international comparisons, making it one of the most renowned universities in the world. A total of twelve Nobel Prize winners were educated at King's College or did research at the university.

King's College is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Russell Group , an association of the nation's strongest research universities. In addition, it is part of the so-called " golden triangle ", a group of prestigious British traditional universities, which consists of the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and the London universities University College London, London School of Economics, Imperial College London and King's College London. In addition, King's College has partnerships with leading universities around the world. These include American Ivy League universities such as Cornell University or the University of Pennsylvania.

The humanities, social and human sciences faculties enjoy a special reputation.


Strand campus at King's College

King's College was founded right next to Somerset House on London Street Strand , the campus is still in use today, the building, constructed in 1831, has since been expanded several times and built around the original building. Particularly noteworthy is the College Chapel, designed in 1864 by Sir George Gilbert Scott in Gothic-Byzantine style. Today the Strand Campus houses the faculties for Arts & Humanities, Law, Social Science & Public Policy and Natural & Mathematical Sciences as well as the Student's Union.

The university has since grown by several campuses , such as Guy's campus near London Bridge , St. Thomas' campus opposite the Houses of Parliament , Waterloo campus, Hampstead Halls campus and Denmark Hill campus in south London. Most of King's facilities are located around the banks of the Thames in central London.


King's College London finished 2015 in the annual university ranking of Higher Education Supplement of the Times 27 and 2014 in the QS World University ranking the 16th place in the world.

Well-known alumni

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  1. 2014/15 Staff by HE provider (XLSX) Higher Education Statistics Agency. Archived from the original on March 18, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. Financial Statements for the year to 31 July 2019 . King's College London. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  3. Malcolm Grant, President of UCL: The future of the University of London: a discussion paper from the Provost of UCL (PDF; 231 kB) UCL. 2005. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  4. ^ The Times: World University Rankings . The Times Higher Educational Supplement. 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  5. QS World University Rankings 2014 . Retrieved September 28, 2014.

Coordinates: 51 ° 30 '43 "  N , 0 ° 6' 58"  W.