King’s College London Governance

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King’s College London Governance

King’s College London Governance

Governance

The head of King’s College London is formally the principal and president, currently held by Ed Byrne. The office is established by the charter of King’s as “the chief academic and administrative officer of the College” and King’s statutes require the principal to have the general responsibility to the council for “ensuring that the objects of the College are fulfilled and for maintaining and promoting the efficiency, discipline and good order of the College”. The charter and statutes granted in 2009 created the additional position of “president”. As such the full title of the head of King’s College London is the “Principal and President”. Senior officers are called the Principal’s Central Team. Six vice-principals have specific responsibilities for education; research and innovation; strategy and development; arts and sciences; international (developing the global research networks of King’s); and health (where there is also a deputy vice-principal).

The council is the supreme governing body of King’s College London established under the charter and statutes, comprising 21 members. Its membership include the president of King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU), as the student member; the principal and president; up to seven other staff members; and up to 12 lay members who must not be employees of King’s. It is supported by a number of standing committees. The current chairman of the council is Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington. Sir Christopher Geidt will succeed the Duke of Wellington as Chairman of Council from the beginning of the 2016 academic year.

The dean of King’s College is an ordained person, which is unusual among British universities. The dean is “responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff”. The Office of the Dean co-ordinate the Associateship of King’s College programme, the chaplaincy and the chapel choir, which includes 25 choir scholarships.[114] One of the dean’s roles is to encourage and foster vocations to the Church of England priesthood.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the King’s College London’s visitor by right of office owing to the role of the Church of England in King’s foundation.

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