About the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

​​​​​​​The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES) comprises the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics. The Department of Chemistry re-started in 2012 and the new Department of Engineering opened in August 2019. The growth of our engineering activity at King’s is a major strategic initiative for the university.

Our vision is to establish King’s as an outstanding institution in science and technology, competitive with the world’s best. We aim to be distinctive and bold, by strengthening our individual departments in their disciplinary identities and their participation in broader cross-King’s interactions. Our research strategy will focus on ambitious growth plans underpinned by excellence and harnessing proactively opportunities for interdisciplinarity.
King’s is making significant investment in the Faculty and both student and staff numbers are growing. We currently have c. 4,979 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students and around 357 academic and postdoctoral research staff, supported by 100 professional services staff. 

We are international in our outlook;
our staff come from over 45 countries, with around two-thirds coming from outside the UK and around 56% of our students are from the EU and the rest of the world. With a multi-year EPSRC doctoral training partnership award, CANES / STAI / Leverhulme CDTs, we also fund at any one time over 50 faculty-funded studentships.  
Centre for Doctoral Training student
All our academic departments have highly rated research activities, and the Faculty offers a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD programmes. Our work crosses traditional subject boundaries, creating cutting-edge research that provides opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary activities across the university and to develop partnerships with external groups and industry. Each department has a vibrant research environment, where students work with, and learn from, world-leading academics whilst benefitting from an open-door policy and a wealth of high-quality support. 

Our Faculty research strategy will be focused on expanding research ambitions across all our disciplines. Externally, our ambition is to develop synergistic research opportunities with key external partners including
King’s Health Partners, The Francis Crick Institute, The London Centre for Nanotechnology, Thomas Young Centre and others both nationally and internationally, including exploring the opportunities for joint activities with our PLuS Alliance partners, the University of New South Wales and Arizona State University. Whilst we are establishing new engineering research themes to build on the strength and complementarity across King’s more generally in relation to science and health, management, business security and digital humanities, we are also increasing momentum in other growth research areas such as cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Our unrivalled
central London location offers easy access to major research libraries and leading scientific societies such as the Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, BCS, Institute of Physics, IET, IMechE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the London Mathematical Society. We are committing significant investment to the development of our estate, with major capital projects on many of our campuses.
Royal visit to Bush House
In 2019, Her Majesty the Queen opened the Bush House complex on the Strand campus, which provides new teaching facilities, social areas, office space and student space for the Department of Informatics. We are investing £50 million in new education and research laboratories including building new engineering laboratories under the Quad Building at the historic centre of the Strand campus, to provide our students and staff with facilities fit for a world-leading university. A summary of further infrastructure investment to the value of over £35m within the Faculty between 2015 – 2019 can be found below: 

Computing and Teaching lab investmentOver £11m
Research labs preparation and investment including cleanroom facilitiesOver 15m
Bush House estate redevelopment £9m

King’s has built a new university-wide e-Research function to provide a highly flexible research computing infrastructure that will fit all shapes and sizes of computational workloads. The new function is being underpinned by significant financial investment and staff recruitment. Over the past few years, NMES has made significant investment in the professional services team that supports research activity, growing from 1 full-time Research Officer to a team of 7 full-time, research focused staff. The new appointments include a Faculty Research Manager, Faculty Research Coordinator and a dedicated Departmental Research Officer in each of the 5 NMES departments. There will be further investment in 2021/22, with an additional full-time Senior Research Officer planned for the Faculty team. We are also growing our PGR support with an officer in each department and a coordinator now at Faculty level. The NMES team are supplemented by a dedicated Research Development Manager, with plans to appoint a second in 2020/21. King’s has also held an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) since 2015 with £1.9m of funding over the REF period.  The IAA has a key focus on supporting impact from the EPSRC funded portfolio as well as on enabling cultural change in the Engineering and Physical Sciences research community to encourage a focus on impact. To date, 40 projects have been funded, which in turn, have leveraged over £4.5m of additional research and innovation funding. The successful candidate will work closely with the Faculty Research Manager, the professional services lead for the research function, as well as colleagues within the Research Management & Innovation Directorate to support capital funding bids. 

We are very proud of the tradition of excellence within the Faculty, which includes a history of high levels of research funding and 7
Nobel Laureates from among our distinguished former staff and students and we are working hard to promote the careers of women working in science, engineering and technology. 

The Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics and Engineering all have Athena SWAN bronze awards and the Department of Physics was awarded the silver award in 2019. Each department has a dedicated ED&I Lead who sits on the Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which oversees our commitment across all protected characteristics and makes recommendations to the Executive Board on initiatives to promote and encourage gender, racial and all areas of diversity.
Supporting our staff is important to us. We offer a Parenting and Carers Fund of up to £10k for academic and research staff working in all disciplines as well as a locally managed fund, which provides additional support for those with caring responsibilities. The Carers Career Development Fund also supports academic, research and professional services staff with the additional care costs associated with attending conferences and events outside normal working hours. Staff are able to apply for flexible working to help them to balance the demands of their professional and personal commitments and we offer comprehensive leave policies for maternity, paternity, adoption, surrogacy, dependant and shared leave.
Guy's Campus, King's College London
We have a variety of diversity and inclusion networks at King’s including an active LGBT+ Staff Network and another for Parents and Carers who run events throughout the year. We are also keen to help our staff to develop their careers. We offer a clear and transparent academic promotion process, including briefing sessions for staff and feedback from our Faculty Academic Staffing Committee on draft applications, as well as support for academic supervision and research grant applications. 

King’s is committed to working in partnership in relation to both research and community collaboration. Examples from the service perspective include the
King’s Maths School, which provides high quality mathematics education for gifted mathematicians aged 16-19 in the heart of London and CUSP London (the Centre for Urban Science and Progress), a joint initiative with the University of Warwick, that brings together researchers, businesses, local authorities and government agencies, to apply urban science to improving public health and wellbeing. For research, the Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics for state-of- the-art biophysical techniques also has established connections with King’s.

Organisational chart​​​​​​​

NMES Organisational chart

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 College London
King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 31st in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2021) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King's has over 31,000 students 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).

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

The Executive Team comprises

King’s comprises nine faculties, each with an academic leader and professional services lead: Executive Dean of Faculty and Faculty Operating Officer (FOO). Professional Services are provided in every Faculty as well as centrally to deliver support for students and staff.

The nine Faculties are organised into two groups, with the Executive Deans reporting to the Provost & Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences) or Provost & Senior Vice President (Health).

Our faculties

Francis Crick Institute

King’s is a founding member of the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical discovery institute bringing together six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations to understand the fundamental biology underlying health and disease and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat major illnesses.

King’s Health Partners

King’s Health Partners (KHP) 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. King's Health Partners is an Academic Health Sciences Centre where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. 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.