Kings 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 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
-Queen Elizabeth College
-Institute of Psychiatry
King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19), the fourth oldest university in England and research-led and based in the heart of London. King’s has influenced many of the advances that shape modern life, such as:
-the discovery of the structure of DNA
-research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar
-medicine and healthcare, including antiseptic surgery and palliative care. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe.