Courtauld Institute and King’s College London announce 10-year strategic relationship

Collaboration will see the two institutions team up on teaching, research and student experience

The Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London have announced a new strategic relationship.

The new agreement will see the two member institutions of the University of London – both based on the Strand in London – collaborate on teaching, research and student experience, offering joint programmes and research over a 10-year period.

Focussing on “existing areas of synergy in cultural history, visual arts and literature and digital humanities”, the strategic relationship will include the development of co-convened master’s courses, undergraduate module-sharing and interdisciplinary research opportunities. The two institutions will also jointly develop postgraduate courses – including executive education, continuous professional development and short courses – and co-supervise postgraduate research.

Professor Deborah Swallow, who is the Märit Rausing director of the Courtauld, said the strategic relationship would give her specialist art history institution and the multi-faculty Russell Group university “a unique opportunity to achieve educational, intellectual and public benefits together – while remaining two independent institutions.

“The Courtauld is the world’s leading centre for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, which complements King’s activity from across its nine academic faculties. King’s offers a breadth of research and teaching activity, and a vibrant student experience proposition that opens up a rich interdisciplinary environment for The Courtauld academic, student and staff communities.” 

King’s College London’s principal and president, Professor Shitij Kapur said: “This new phase in the long-standing relationship between The Courtauld and King’s will serve to build on our strengths and our shared commitment to excellence, inclusion and service to society, as we enable more students, researchers and the public to benefit from and contribute to the extensive resources of both institutions.” 

Pictured left to right: Professor Evelyn Welch, senior vice principal (service, people and planning) at King’s College London; Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director at The Courtauld; Professor Shitij Kapur, principal and president at King’s College London; Professor Alixe Bovey, dean and deputy director at The Courtauld


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