Dedicated writing-up space for final year doctoral students

Are you currently writing-up your doctoral thesis full-time and in need of a dedicated desk space?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for a desk in the new ‘Doctoral Thesis Writing-Up’ room within the Maughan Library.

Successful students will be offered their own desk and locker within a designated quiet room for a period of 3 months.

To be eligible, you must be a registered doctoral student at King’s College London who either:

  • Has registered for writing-up status
  • Or, has submitted an RD1 examination entry form to the research degrees examinations office which has been approved (you must provide proof of approval)
  • Or, is currently undergoing corrections for thesis resubmission following examination (you must provide an examination report as proof)

The expectation is that you will be continuously writing-up your doctoral thesis and will use the space at least 3-4 days a week.

To apply you will need to complete an online application form and request a supporting statement from your supervisor. Four competitions will run during the year and the deadline for the next round is 15th April 2017. For full details, please visit:

This scheme will run as a pilot during the year 2017 and is subject to review over the summer. If successful, there may be an opportunity to roll this out wider across the campuses. Space is limited and allocation will be offered on a needs basis.


LGBTQ+ Experiences of Doctoral Education

Are you a doctoral researcher who identifies, in some sense, as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender or Queer? We would like to hear about your experience.

What is the study about?

Researchers at Coventry University and King’s College London are undertaking a major research project examining the experiences, attitudes, and perceptions of LGBTQ+ doctoral students in UK Higher Education institutions. The project aims to help the Higher Education sector better understand any issues or challenges faced by LGBTQ+ doctoral students and how they can be more effectively supported. Your input to this would be valuable.

What is required?

We invite you to complete an online questionnaire which will explore how you feel your sexual orientation and/or gender identity impacts on your personal and professional life as a doctoral candidate. Participation is voluntary. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in anyway.

Survey link

If you would like to take part please click the link to the survey below:


If you have any questions about this project please contact Dr. Ross English –

Black and minority ethnic early career researcher conference

Black Minority and Ethnic Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are grossly underrepresented in academia. ECRs find themselves conducting many postdoctoral positions, and end up leaving research as they are unable to make the transition to a lectureship. This may be due to lack of skills, support and knowledge required to stay in academia.

This conference aims to empower researchers with the skills to remain in academia, such as having a good mentor, guidance on applying and writing fellowships, tips on networking, and finally a good work/career life balance.

There will be a diverse range of academics sharing their experiences on the day.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Click here for the booking page.

Nominate now for the Supervisory Excellence Awards 2016/17

SEA LOGODo you have a supervisor who inspires you, is encouraging and supportive of your research, who goes the extra mile to ensure that you succeed in your degree?

If so, this is your chance to acknowledge their efforts and to show your support towards the excellent job that he/she has done for you.

Nominations are now invited from Postgraduate Research Students, Heads of Departments/Divisions, Heads of Graduate Studies and Deans of Faculties, for the 2016/17 Supervisory Excellence Awards at King’s College London.

The aim of this university-wide scheme is to recognise the important role that supervisors play in the success of their postgraduate research students, and to reward excellence in supervisory practice.

Each Faculty/Institute at King’s may receive an award worth up to £1000, which can either be awarded to one supervisor or split between two supervisors within the same School/Institute. Winners of an award will also have the opportunity to receive recognition of their achievements at a university Graduation Ceremony.

Nominations must be submitted through an online nomination form by the deadline of Friday 16 December 2016

For more information, and to make a nomination, please refer to our Supervisory Excellence Award webpage on the King’s Internal website

Spotlight on Research Outside Academia | 2 Nov | 17.30 – 19.00 | FWB 1.16

The Spotlight Series is a set of panel events for King’s PhDs and research staff. Featuring employers, often alumni, who have PhDs, the panel seeks to give an insight into different sectors that are often attractive to people looking to move beyond academia. Attend to find out more, ask those questions and be inspired to think differently about your professional future. More details available at Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at

2 Nov 2016 | 17.30 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo Campus


Sunish Patel Title: Senior Analytical Scientist at GSK PhD: Pharmaceutics and Drug Design from UCL Sunish’s PhD was a combination of drug discovery and drug delivery. During his PhD he developed new hydrophobic peptides and investigated their oral and SC delivery using polymeric nano particles.

Ruth Mokgogong Title: Health Outcomes Research Manager – Pfizer PhD: Neuropharmacology at University of Cambridge Ruth is part of the Health & Value Outcomes team at Pfizer, where she now focuses more upon public health than she did during her academic studies. Her work includes conducting research and analyses on clinical trials and observational studies. In addition she is also involved in health economics research.


Spotlight on Management Consultancy Careers – 19 Oct, 5.30pm – FWB 1.10


The Spotlight Series is a set of panel events for King’s PhDs and research staff. Featuring employers, often alumni, who have PhDs, the panel seeks to give an insight into different sectors that are often attractive to people looking to move beyond academia. This event focuses on management consulting with PhD staff from KPMG, Oliver Wyman, and Capco.

Hosted by Kate Murray and Donald Lush. Speakers include Grant Repshire, Capco, Philip Livingstone from KPMG and Nick Faull from Oliver Wyman.

Grant Repshire, Consultant at Capco: With a PhD in English Language & Literature/Letters Grant is now a management consultant for Capco, with a focus on process improvement, technology, and IT and digital transformation.

Philip Livingstone – “My PhD focused on the interactions between reward pathways and attention pathways in the brain and how they are affected by nicotine in order to find new therapeutic targets for disorders such as schizophrenia. I took a particular interest in how dopamine levels in the brain would change in this pathways as a result of increasing the effects of nicotinic signalling. I am now a Manager in the KPMG Management Consulting Healthcare Team. I specialise in redesigning healthcare services across whole care systems, involving the NHS, local government and not-for-profit sectors.”

Nick Faull – Nick Faull is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s London Office within the Financial Services practice. He has nine years of experience in consulting to Financial Services institutions across Europe with a focus on strategic IT and operations topics. He joined the firm after completing an atmospheric physics DPhil and a 2-year postdoc at the University of Oxford, working on the largest climate modelling experiment in the world. When you take up this opportunity, use #kcldo1thing to let us know how you got on!


Wednesday 19 October 2016 – 5.30pm

Waterloo: FWB 1.10


Research Student Wellbeing Days: 20 & 21 October

On 20th and 21st October 2016, postgraduate research students can enjoy a host of free activities, offering you a chance to relax, have fun and meet other doctoral students from around the university. Free food and drink will also be provided.

Thursday 20th October
Tutu’s Macadam Building, Strand Campus

10:00 – 11:00      Yoga
15:00 – 17:00      A range of Recreational Activities & Wellbeing Stalls/Workshops
17:00 – 19:00      Mixer with Free Food & Drink (served in The Terrace)

Numbers are limited so please make sure you sign-up via Eventbrite:

Friday 21st October
Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy’s Campus

12:00 – 13:00      Yoga (in the KCLSU Activity Room 1 West Wing)
16:00 – 19:00      A range of Recreational Activities & Wellbeing Stalls/Workshops

Free Food and Drinks available throughout the afternoon

Numbers are limited so make sure you sign-up via Eventbrite:

These events are offered specifically for postgraduate research students and have been organised by the Graduate School, together with King’s Sport and the Wellbeing Team, as part of the wider King’s Wellbeing Week.

We believe that there are tangible benefits for all of us to adopt life choices that make us fitter, healthier, happier and better equipped to undertake our research successfully.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Graduate School
King’s College London

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Welcome to our postgraduate community

Professor Vaughan Robinson

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study at King’s College London.

King’s is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society, and in doing so we have an outstanding reputation for undertaking cutting-edge research.

We are delighted to welcome you as part of our postgraduate community, working alongside some of the best academics from around the globe, and benefiting from our world-class libraries, resources and professional networks, as well as all the opportunities London has to offer.

Our dedicated Graduate School provides advice, support and facilities to ensure that King’s postgraduate students benefit from an exceptional educational experience and are able to fulfil their potential.

We hope you will make use of the wealth of opportunities available to help you develop your personal and professional skills and experience. As a postgraduate at King’s, you will have access to specialist careers advice, professional development workshops, life coaching, writing support, language skills development, teaching opportunities, work experience, conference attendance support and more.

If you are keen to meet fellow postgraduates in a social setting, there will be a postgraduate student only party on Thursday 29th September 2016, which is organised through the Student Union and is open to all new and existing King’s postgraduate students. You will also have access to postgraduate-only social lounges and study spaces, courtesy of the Graduate School.

For doctoral research students, the Graduate School will be hosting an induction session on Wednesday 28th September 2016. This event aims to welcome all new research students to the postgraduate community and help them settle into life at King’s while giving an overview of doctoral research matters across the university.

Once you’ve had a chance to settle in, join us for our Take Time out event in October. Designed specifically for research students, this free and fun event aims to encourage you to focus on your health and wellbeing and offers you the chance to meet fellow doctoral students – details about this will be announced soon.

For more information about what the Graduate School has to offer, please visit our website.

Please get in touch, via, if you have any queries.

Professor Vaughan Robinson,
Director of the Graduate School

Careers Liaison Link for SSPP Faculty

The Graduate School is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher to work with us promoting our careers and employability services to researchers as well as developing and maintaining communication between us and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy on careers related issues.

The post will give you a chance to develop your networking, organising and liaison skills as well as helping influence the development of the careers service for research students and staff within the Faculty.

The post is a fixed term contract for one year and pays £500.

Job Description

Specification:    Post – doctoral researcher based within the Faculty

Reporting to:     Faculty Head of Graduate Studies; Careers Consultant for PhDs (CCP)

Purpose of role: Collaborate with the HOGS and the Careers Consultant for PhDs in order to provide information and support to PhDs about career development opportunities, and to create a culture where careers within and outside academia are discussed

The role entails:

  • Facilitating effective communication of events and services to PhDs within the relevant Faculty, in collaboration with Faculty professional services staff, and the CCP.
  • Be the main communication channel between the Faculty and the CCP. This will likely include, but is not restricted to, information regarding Faculty changes; information about events where careers input could be useful; information about the academic labour market in this particular sector; feedback about careers service quality.
  • Engaging with the employability agenda, and feeding ideas and knowledge into the development of a programme of careers support lead by the CCP.
  • Being an advocate for PhD careers and employability within the Faculty. This may mean inviting the CCP to attend relevant Faculty meetings and/or committees, approaching fellow academics for industry contacts, and facilitating access to Faculty resources where appropriate.
  • Co-ordinating within the Faculty to facilitate careers events, for example approaching relevant lecturers for induction lecture access, lecture ‘shout outs’, and securing use of Faculty spaces.
  • With the support of the relevant professional services staff, identifying suitable times for scheduling desired careers events so as to maximize attendance.

This role is an annual contract, non-renewable and carries an honorarium paid by the Graduate School, of £500.

To apply, please send a CV and statement saying why you are interested and what you can contribute to the role to:

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant, at

By 5 p.m. on 30th June.

Prior to applying if you would like to find out more please feel free to contact Donald on the above address.

Interviews are expected to take place on 8th July.