Almost every day our campus welcomes distinguished guests, from experts in their field and members of the King’s alumni community to famous faces and household names. Catch up on who has visited campus this past year in this spotlight round-up. Just click through to read the article in full, see more pictures, watch videos and listen to podcasts.


Angela Rayner.Angela Rayner
Labour Party Deputy Leader

Why are so few women at the forefront of the political spectrum, how might a more diverse representation be achieved – and does it matter? Julia Gillard, Australia’s only female Prime Minister, talked to Labour Party Deputy Leader Angela Rayner to get to the bottom of why women aren’t getting to the top.

Watch the discussion

Rishi SunakRishi Sunak
Prime Minister

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke about the UK’s relationship with China at May’s London Defence Conference, hosted for security and political experts by King’s School of Security Studies. There, he told delegates of the challenges faced by Ukraine, just days after standing shoulder to shoulder with President Volodymyr Zelensky at the G7 summit in Japan.

Read more

Her Royal Highness The Princess RoyalHer Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Having opened the Cicely Saunders Institute in May 2010, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was welcomed back in February 2023, when she paid tribute to the team at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, who showcased how they are integrating research with clinical care and education.

Learn about the visit

David CameronDavid Cameron
Foreign Secretary and former Conservative Prime Minister

Foreign Secretary and former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron posted on Twitter that he had ‘thoroughly enjoyed meeting @KingsCollegeLon students’ as part of the Strand Group’s popular guest speaker programme. Students also quizzed Tony Blair’s one-time spokesperson, press secretary and Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell about New Labour and life behind the famous black door.

Join the conversation

John KerryJohn Kerry
United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Delivering the 2022 Fulbright Distinguished Lecture, the first US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, addressed the urgency of global climate action, presenting new research by the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Ipsos on the public’s perceptions of environmental sustainability, and aligning with King’s contributions to tackling the challenge.

Watch the lecture on YouTube

Vikram Doraiswami Vikram Doraiswami
India’s High Commissioner to the UK

Ahead of September 2023’s G20 Heads of State and Government Summit in New Delhi, India’s High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami was a guest at the King’s India Institute, giving a keynote lecture and leading a panel discussion. He explained how maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships is key to India’s foreign policy and trade relations.

Read the full story

Vadym PrystaikoVadym Prystaiko
Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK

A year after the invasion of Ukraine, King’s screened the final episode of the three-part BBC series Putin vs the West and invited documentary makers Norma Percy and Tim Stirzaker to deliberate it with British diplomat Mark Sedwill, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko and Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s.

Read more details

Dr Megan RossiDr Megan Rossi

Food brand Bio&Me was recently introduced in King’s Food cafes. It’s all down to a unique partnership with renowned dietician and gut expert Dr Megan Rossi to offer staff and students access to nutrition-packed, health-promoting yet also lip-smacking meals on campus – all based on King’s own research from the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Get a taste

Chris SkidmoreChris Skidmore
Member of Parliament

To celebrate the launch of King’s Net Zero Centre – part of the university’s ongoing commitment to responding to the climate challenge – academics from across disciplines joined a panel event alongside leading voices and policymakers from business, industry and government, including MP Chris Skidmore, chair of the Independent Government Review on Net Zero.

View the photos from the event

Penny WongPenny Wong
Australian Foreign Minister

The School of Security Studies welcomed two distinguished guests as it launched its Indo-Pacific Programme – ‘the first of its kind in the UK’, according to Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong. She was joined by MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the UK Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific, on a panel discussing foreign policy and strategic cooperation.

Discover more

Laviai NielsenLaviai Nielsen

Dedicating yourself to more than one life goal is what decorated track and field athlete Laviai Nielsen (Geography, 2018) spoke to students and new graduates about in September 2023 as part of the King’s Edge Festival. In addition to the interview, there was an audience Q&A and a competitive game, run by King’s Sport & Wellness.

Discover more