Welcome to the King’s Think Tank, the largest student-led policy institute in Europe and in the United Kingdom.
The King’s Think Tank originated in the 2010 student protests in Great Britain, and was founded in 2011. The core objective and vision of this think tank, still the same to this day, is to give a voice to students seeking to engage in crafting policies and to provide grounds for students to engage in the world of policy. It is a means of empowering students to drive change and seek innovative solution to a wide variety of problems thus crafting a well-rounded view.
Since our creation in 2011, we have developed a profound sense of innovation and we always endeavour to create relevant and versatile policy proposals to complex issues. This is our core value. Originally comprised of only two policy centres, we have since grown into a large think tank treating many issues and contributing to developing novel ideas for many different fields. During my presidency, I hope to hold and enhance the same spirit of innovation and passion as our founding members. The creation and reformation of several of our policy centres is certainly a recent highlight. We shall focus on the policies of the European Union as well as placing an emphasis on International Affairs, this has been completed with the addition of new policy centres. We have endeavoured to re-create the British Domestic policy centre, a vision of our founders that we wish to uphold and continue this year.
The world of policy and advocacy is ever changing. This past decade, we have witnessed a breadth of change creating opportunities to analyse and react to different sets of complex policies in the time we presently live in is deeply fascinating, and new policies drive change every aspect and every geographical location, whether this would be in economics, education or healthcare. The response of governments across the globe in response to the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 makes for a very powerful and pertinent example of this statement.
Turning ideas into policies is our vision. Making a difference is central to our student-led think. If you wish to make a difference and want your voice to be heard, there has never been a better time to join us.
The latest issue of our annual policy journal The Spectrum is available online. Feel free to check it out here:
This copy was published by the previous committee. We endeavour to publish one copy per academic year. We publish them in the second semester of our term time.
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.
This year, we look at the world after Covid-19 and asks ourselves: What are the great challenges to the international system. These themes are probably recognizable – climate change, challenger states, artificial intelligence – the world rarely changes very quickly. Yet, the solutions offered here are new and refreshing. Our contributors challenge you with their ideas on how to move the world forward and ask you to imagine that change for the better is possible. At King’s Think Tank, we seek to nurture and encourage a passion for public policy among students and offer a platform to make heard the voices of the coming generation. You will find those voices in this publication. And all of them have something stimulating and bold to say. I hope you enjoy reading this year’s edition of The Spectrum – I certainly did.
Head Editor, 2022-23
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