Welcome to the King’s Think Tank, the largest student-led policy institute in Europe.
Our institution was created in the wake of the student protests in 2010, as a means of empowering change through student activism without resorting to civil disorder. The King’s Think Tank aims to provide a platform for students to engage with the world of policy. It is an exceptional opportunity for students to identify and advocate for innovative solutions to complex issues.
Through our seven policy centres, our committee strives to address the pressing challenges of today’s society through organising policy-related events, panel discussions, and thought-provoking podcast interviews. Critical analyses are published in our online blog and formal policy papers are published in our annual policy journal, The Spectrum.
In the decade since our launch, we have grown into a vibrant and diverse community of writers, activists, and leaders. Over the academic year of 2022/23 we thrive to build even closer cooperation in between our seven policy centres to address multiple policy issues that are changing the world. We feel great responsibility to shape our common future at the time when leadership is most needed. With the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have clearly reached a historical turning point, Zeitenwende, which requires swift united response and long-term strategic change in policy.
This year we organise the first student-led conference in the history of our society. This conference is in alignment with our goal of bringing together our seven policy centres. The theme of the conference is crisis management addressing policy challenges from the commodification of education through the digitalization of identity to the security crisis around Taiwan.
With the Defence & Diplomacy, Business & Economics, Education, Energy & Environment, European Affairs, Global Health, Technology & Innovation, our mission is to continue our disseminated work with a variety of audiences, across social, cultural, and political backgrounds, including students, stakeholders, and decision-makers in the realm of public policy.
If you have a vision and want to make a difference, get involved in policy-making and advocacy, there has never been a better time to get involved with King’s Think Tank.
The latest issue of our annual policy journal The Spectrum is now live.
Founded in the wake of 2010’s student protests, The Spectrum is the UK’S oldest student-run policy journal. It offers the opportunity to engage with the challenges of policy-making and devise original solutions to today’s political, military, economic, and social issues. The Spectrum represents a unique platform for students to communicate clear, incisive, and coherent policy recommendations to British MPs, select committees, and influential figures. This initiative constitutes but one of the unique ways in which the King’s Think Tank helps students develop the skills necessary to devise policy for both business and government.
Latest from our blog:
Arctic Diplomacy on Ice
Sophie Williams-Dunning On the 9th of January 2023, the Swedish Defence minister announced the launch of bilateral talks with the US to negotiate a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). By courting an enhanced US military presence in its territory, Sweden is following the lead of Norway and Denmark, which opened bilateral negotiations for an American DCA in…
Policy Spotlight: Disinformation
We are proud to present two brilliant policy analysis pieces on “Disinformation” by the Technology & Innovation’s Policy Centre’s Tanya Lim and the Global Health Policy Centre’s Anu Rachel Joseph!
Universities’ increasing reliance on postgraduate taught fees as a source of income and its potential drawbacks
Zeki Dolen The introduction of the postgraduate master’s loan for the 2016/17 academic year has led to a dramatic transformation in the landscape of postgraduate taught (PGT) education in the UK. The number of first‑year PGT students in the UK has increased by 58% between 2015/16 and 2020/21, compared with a 11% increase in the…