Kings College London

The World100 Representative

Maxine Taylor - International and UK Director of External Relations 

Maxine and her group are responsible for marketing and communications at King’s.  Maxine has a wide-ranging professional background with experience across financial services, pharmaceuticals. Cabinet Office, consultancy and third sector organisations.

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Key facts about Kings College London

26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide

16th in the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings

84% of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*) in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £600 million.

King’s fundraising campaign - World questions|King’s answers - created to address some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity has reached its £500 million target 18 months ahead of schedule.

About Kings College London

King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2014/15 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide and nearly 6,900 staff. The university is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

A Nobel Distinction

The highest distinction for academics of most disciplines is the award of a Nobel Prize, 12 people who have worked or studied at King’s and its constituent institutions have achieved this distinction. This includes; 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry jointly awarded to Professor Michael Levitt FRS, for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Michael Levitt studied physics at King’s and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 and the 2010.

Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa who was Spanish American Literature in the Department of Spanish & Spanish-American Studies at King’s in 1969-70, and became a Fellow of King’s in 2005.

International Partnerships

KING’S IS A WORLD-LEADING INSTITUTION with a truly global perspective. It has:

  • over 200 partnerships and innovative collaborations with leading universities and institutions across the globe, including key relationships with the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
  • joint PhD programmes, involving more than 20 academic departments across King’s, with institution including the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore,
  • offices in Brazil, China, India, and the USA: part of a global network that will develop deeper relationships with local research, commercial, student and alumni communities in these key countries and regions
  • a School of Global Affairs comprising a network of Global Institutes to promote understanding of fast-changing parts of the world and encourage engagement with 21st-century powers. These include King’s Brazil Institute; the Lau China Institute; King’s India Institute; the Institute of North American Studies; King’s Russia Institute; King’s African Leadership Centre, and King’s International Development Institute

Notable Research Areas

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.