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King’s College London

Founded in 1829, King’s College London is a research-intensive university with a rich tradition of inter-disciplinary research and innovation.

We have world class research strengths across the natural, mathematical and engineering sciences as well as the health and life sciences, and an active focus on novel discovery and applied science and translational activity at the convergence points of these areas. King’s Engineering also brings together activities from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, the Department of Engineering and the Plus Alliance for the development of engineering as a key strategic priority with a shared overarching vision, to support delivery across the three constituent units for the benefit of humankind and the planet.     

King’s has enjoyed great success in securing funding to generate knowledge and impact as part of major thematic challenges and missions set by government and strategic public funders in areas such as advanced therapeutics, robotics, smart manufacturing, 5G technologies, imaging science and biomedical engineering. In August 2021, King’s launched a new Centre for 6G Research, an exciting collaboration with the University of Bristol as joint pioneers of next generation mobile networks.

Collaboration is intrinsic to this, and King’s prides itself on its broad base of partnerships with other universities in London and the south. Notable examples of this include our collaborations with UCL and Imperial in The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare and The London Centre for Nanotechnology.

King’s is proud to be part of King’s Health Partners, a leading academic health science centre, as well as key national hub initiatives such as the Francis Crick Institute, the Rosalind Franklin Institute and the UK Dementia Research Institute.

Member stories


The spin-outs changing our world

Spin-outs have the potential to redefine how research, patient care and product development is handled in the future. Find out about SES members’ spin-out activities.

Farmland in North Wales © Mary Hinkley

Showing our impact – REF 2021

Looking beyond SES members’ excellent performance in REF 2021 to their case studies reveals the positive impact their research is having. Here are some examples.

credit: Barts Health NHS Trust

Queen Mary’s genes project goes national

A QMUL-led project to improve the representation of British people with Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage in genetic datasets has reached a key milestone.

A researcher snaps a photograph of the recently assembled LUX-ZEPLIN xenon detector in the Surface Assembly Lab cleanroom at Sanford Underground Research Facility on July 26, 2019. Photo by Nick Hubbard.

SES members to receive £24m for particle physics research

Six SES members to receive a share of a £60m investment, which supports the next generation of particle physicists.

Conor Howell-Bennett - glassblowing technician, University of Nottingham

The TALENT Commission Report

A vision for the future of the UK’s technical talent in research has been unveiled following a project funded by UKRI-Research England.

A lab at UCL where LEAF was developed. Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez ©2019 UCL. ISD Digital Media. University College London. All rights reserved.

Making laboratories greener with LEAF

Historically, universities have lacked guidance on how to make labs more sustainable. Now SES members are using the LEAF framework to build sustainability into day-to-day lab usage.

Professor Reza Razavi

Vice Principal (Research and Innovation)

Executive Board Member

Greg Anderson

Associate Director Core Facilities (Strategy)

Operational Lead / Equipment Sharing Group member