Introduction from the President & Principal Professor Shitij Kapur

For nearly two hundred years, King’s has been driven by the ethos of service to society – or ‘knowledge with purpose’. As an institution we have a rich history of actively using our knowledge, through research and education,  to make a difference in the world beyond King’s. That ethos continues, and as times change, we seek to change with them in order to help solve some of the world’s great challenges.

King’s is in a uniquely privileged position. Our five campuses span boroughs that offer some of the greatest opportunities and connections across legal, cultural, business, policy and medical London – as well as some of the greatest socio-economic challenges and levels of health inequality.
Our partnerships reach across the globe, 40% of our staff come from overseas and we have students from over 180 countries. At the same time, we excel in disciplines that span justice, health, geopolitics, climate, business, social change and economics and are able to combine our knowledge and scholarship to make a genuine impact on the communities on our doorstep as well as those across the globe.

As we enter a para-covid world, our connections and our drive to understand the world around us and to make a lasting and positive impact, are as important as at any time throughout our 200 years of history.

​​​​​​​The opportunity for our Law School, its scholars and students, to play a critical role in this next phase of King’s history – whether that be through equality and human rights, the legal implications of climate change, globalisation, trade or finance - is significant. The next leader of the Dickson Poon School of Law will themselves play a pivotal role in ensuring that we are able to continue to engender a culture of knowledge with purpose and connect across King’s and beyond in helping to shape policy and practice nationally and internationally.