Kingston University is a large higher education institution located in South-West London in the UK, with roots dating back to 1899. It currently employs over 2,000 staff and has a 17,000-strong student population. Research is critical to Kingston University’s mission and the university has attracted substantial external funding for a large number and wide range of international and national projects. Kingston University is noted for the high impact of its research and is rated among the top 15 per cent of institutions in the globe in the prestigious QS World University Rankings. In the UK's latest national research assessment (REF 2014), 60% of Kingston University's research submission was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.