About Kings Online

About King's Online
King’s Online was formed in November 2015 and has a principal remit of designing and developing online master’s programmes and online/blended short courses. Going forward, King’s Online has a key role to play in enabling all areas of education to embrace and expand the potential of blended and digital learning. The team has expertise and experience in designing and developing education solutions for faculties at King’s. The King’s Online team holds expertise in a variety of areas including instructional design, user experience, content/platform design and development and media design and production. The team’s remit is backed by a university-wide commitment to expand in innovative areas of higher education.

The King’s Strategic Vision 2029 pledges an aspiration to become the UK leader in online and blended learning by 2029. The size and shape of online education is rapidly changing, and King’s is ambitious in its aspirations, so that we may best serve our academic and student community.  

The Online unit consists of 53 members of staff and four heads of service, each reporting to the Director of King’s Online with some shared resources within King’s Professional & Executive Education Development (KPED).

​​​​​​​For further information on our suite of online master’s programmes and short courses please visit our website.

Kings Education

In June 2020, King’s Senior Management Team and Academic Board approved a position paper to bring together specific areas of educational activity which currently sit outside of a Faculty/Directorate structure. This is provisionally called King’s Education. The areas in scope are King’s Foundations, Online, Professional & Executive Education, Modern Language Centre and Summer Programmes. There are over 8,000 students, taught either fully or partially by these areas, and over 200fte staff working across them. The core driver in bringing these areas together is to support the delivery of Vision 2029, specifically the Education and International strategies, through widening our definition, understanding and enabling of what education means, and can mean, at King’s. King’s Education will provide a common home to these areas, addressing key current challenges around structural barriers to growth. It will also provide a common platform for realising potential synergies and ensuring consistency in educational governance. This will strengthen the visibility and potential impact of the areas in question.

The strategic purpose of King’s Education is to widen access to education at King's and to deliver King’s ambitions to expand learning opportunities, reaching a broader audience beyond the current PG/UG focus and primarily on-campus experience. This is an ambition highlighted in Vision 2029 that is embedded in priority initiatives in our Education Strategy. King’s Education will be primarily aligned to the Education Strategy with a clear and key secondary alignment to Internationalisation Strategy 2029 through its contribution to expanding global reach. It will contribute to the Service and London Agendas, but it is not intended that the Institute have a research role. Our vision is to work with Faculties to deliver King’s ambitions in expanding learning opportunities across the education spectrum. We aim to be a sector leader through fusing our collective expertise in design and pedagogy in our product development and educational delivery. By expanding what education means at King’s, King’s Education will offer a joined-up approach to facilitating a broader King’s education experience to individual learners, public and private sector groups, and partners, both in the UK and internationally. We will achieve this through a collaborative approach with and across faculties, and by brokering or leading a portfolio of innovative courses, products and initiatives.

About King’s College London

King's College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-Faculty institution, providing high-quality education, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King's is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.

King's is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2020) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King's has over 43,000 students (including more than 18,000 postgraduates) from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21).

About King's

King’s Strategic Vision 2029

King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.

Leadership and structure

King’s is led by Professor Evelyn Welch, Interim President & Principal.

The Executive Team comprises:
  • Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal (from June 2021)
  • Professor Evelyn Welch, Provost & Senior Vice President Arts & Sciences (Interim President &  Principal)
  • Professor Richard Trembath, Provost & Senior Vice President Health
  • Mr Stephen Large, Senior Vice President (Operations)
  • Professor Nicola Phillips, Vice President & Vice-Principal (Education)
  • Professor Reza Razavi, Vice President & Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Professor Bronwyn Parry (interim), Vice President & Vice-Principal (Service)
  • Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President & Vice-Principal (International)
  • Baroness Deborah Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London)
  • Annie Kent, Interim Vice President (Finance)/ CFO

King's academic activities are structured through nine faculties, each led by an Executive Dean.

Location and campuses

As London's most central university, with four Thames-side campuses within a single square mile, our campuses includes iconic and historic buildings - the Grade II* listed Maughan Library, Somerset House, home to The Dickson Poon School of Law and Bush House, the former home of BBC World Service and the Aldwych Quarter, now home to King's Business School and our offices.

Our five campuses:
  • Denmark Hill - Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.
  • Guy's - The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.
  • St Thomas' - Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.
  • Strand - Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's arts and sciences faculties.
  • Waterloo - Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, some professional services and facilities for other faculties.​​​​​​​


King’s Health Partners

King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. KHP is the top recruiting Academic Health Science Centre in the UK (to NIHR portfolio studies) with Guy’s & St Thomas’ the top recruiting individual NHS Trust. As one of six AHSCs in the UK, the partnership drives improved outcomes and experience for patients whilst ensuring delivery ambitions for world leading science, translational research and education and training. Integrating mental and physical wellbeing, value-based healthcare, production of transparent outcomes and joined up informatics is at the heart of this work.

Our last episode of 2020 is a reflection on the changing landscape of online and face to face teaching in a post COVID-19 world. We discuss how technology, media and instructional design has been impacted by the pandemic, and look to the future for what higher education could look like in 2021 and beyond.