King’s College London has been an institution in the service of society since its inception in 1829. King’s has served society through its groundbreaking research, including contributing to the discovery of DNA, and the Higgs Boson Particle, through to supporting social movements such as the modern hospice.
King’s has adopted the term Service in its Strategic Vision 2029 to describe its commitment to society, beyond the traditional university functions of education and research. King’s Strategic Vision 2029, demonstrates King’s aim to create parity between education, research and service.
Some highlights of King’s contribution include:
King’s Widening Participation Department, supports groups of local parents to become university access experts who can then help local students on their journey into higher education. The programme uses community organising techniques to recruit and train parents. Since July 2017, over 200 parents have been involved, with 35 becoming local parent power leaders.
Maternal Aid Association UK (MMA)
This student-led charity, works in Bangladesh to improve maternal health. Student volunteers spend two weeks working alongside Bangladeshi healthcare professionals. They lead seminars on maternal care at Sylhet Women Medical College, using evidence-based best practice and reflections from their international volunteering experiences. They also offer free basic health checks in rural areas.
King’s Maths School
This groundbreaking school was founded in 2014 as a free sixth-form school. In 2017 it was marked outstanding in all categories in its first Ofsted Report, and in 2018 it was named the Sunday Times State Sixth Form College of the Year. In 2018, 59% of all entries were A* grades, 88% were A*/A, and 97% were A*/A/B. In terms of value added, our students have attained more than a grade better on average, per entry, than was predicted by their GCSE results, placing the King’s Maths School in the top 0.5% of all schools in terms of value added, with no other selective school (except perhaps the Exeter Mathematics School!) coming close to that level.
King’s Ebola Response
King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) was a member of the Ebola Response Consortium which coordinated the response in Sierra Leone to the largest Ebola outbreak in history in 2014. KSLP played a key role in the Ebola response in Freetown, working within Connaught Hospital to curtail the outbreak. KSLP helped develop national guidelines for suspect case definitions and developed safe isolation and testing protocols.