King’s has an amazing history, and some amazing buildings too.
But being spread across different parts of historic London: from the Strand to Waterloo, to London Bridge to St Thomas’s and Denmark Hill; there’s a lot to master when it comes to getting about.
Luckily, one thing you can generally count on is help, if you ask for it. I’ve really noticed in my short time at King’s is how friendly so many people are.
King’s has a super programme called “Fit for King’s”. The vision is to provide:
“World class services to a world class university”
The first three ‘commitments’ of the programme: to be ‘knowledgeable’, ‘inclusive’ and ‘naturally friendly’ are lovely I think.
This morning at 8am, as I was rushing through The Strand reception in my cycling gear, Camilla Templing, who looks after reception smiled and asked me “How’s your new job going?”. She won’t remember, but she helped me with a map in the summer when I was trying to find Capital House (London Bridge it turned out).
We’ve never really properly met but that’s two lovely examples of Camilla simply being ‘naturally friendly’ which I’ve already experienced. And many other people are too.
Kindness often begets kindness. Just now a person appeared out of a lift I was walking past. She looked a bit anxious and lost. So I asked her where she was going – room 3.01 she said – and we had a look at the floor plan on the walk together and traced her a route.
‘Naturally friendly’ is a great way to be. Absolutely “fit for King’s”