Nominations Now Open

KCLSU Awards

Let’s celebrate the significant contributions, dedication and expertise of outstanding students at the KCLSU (King’s College London Students’ Union) Awards 2017.

If you know someone who’s done fantastic work and made a real impact on our community, nominate them (or encourage them to nominate themselves) for a KCLSU award here by 5pm on Friday 7 April. 

You’ll find full details of the categories and criteria on the website here, and if you have any questions or concerns email

This year we’re celebrating Crowns & Colours and the KCLSU Awards in one event – a great night to celebrate students’ achievements with peers and VIPs at the prestigious KCLSU Awards 2017 ceremony, held from 7pm on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

With a bigger venue and more options, this year all students will have the chance to book tickets and attend the awards, with a choice of drinks reception or a three course meal with wine. Tickets go on general sale from 14 April.


Arabic Week at King’s

23 – 26 January

Lunchtime learning & evenings of cultural discovery including free language classes, film screenings and workshops designed to introduce you to Arabic language and cultures.

Find out more:


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 –

Christmas Opening Times @ KCL

Many of the university buildings will be closed from 16.00 Thursday 22 December – Monday 2 January. There will be security teams operating at each campus on a 24-hour basis across the Christmas break.

For more detailed information, please visit our Christmas Information pages.

Library Services
During this period the Franklin-Wilkins Building, The Maughan Building, New Hunt’s House and Weston Education Centre libraries are all open 24/7, apart from on the following exceptions:

  • 24 December – all closed from 18.00
  • 25 December – all closed
  • 26 December – all re-open to resume 24/7 programme from 08.30
  • 31 December – all closed from 18.00
  • 1 January – all closed
  • 2 January – all re-open to resume 24/7 programme from 08.30

St Thomas’ House Library: 24-hour room accessible to King’s students, staff and NHS Trust staff only.

Wills Library (Guy’s Campus): 24-hour room accessible to King’s students, staff and NHS Trust staff only.

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Foyle Special Collections and Archives Reading Room are all closed during this period. For more information, please visit the webpage.

Global Lounge
We will also be hosting a Global Lounge at the Franklin-Wilkins Building over the Christmas period. The space in the Franklin-Wilkins Building ground floor café will be open for use by all students who will be staying in London during the Christmas break.

It will be open from 13.00 until 21.00 every day from 19 December 2016 – 2 January 2017, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, although opening times may vary on these two days.

For more information, please visit our Global Lounge page.

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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EU Referendum result

On Thursday 23 June 2016, the UK voted either to remain in or leave the European Union. The result of the referendum was announced on Friday morning and the UK has voted to leave.

If you are a prospective student, a message for offer holders can be found on our website here.

A statement from the Principal, Professor Edward Byrne, and further information on current arrangements such as tuition fees, visas, student loans, Study Abroad/Erasmus+ and EU research funding can also be found here.  We will update this information if the situation changes.

3 Minute Thesis – Grand Final

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis
Thursday 9 June, 3pm
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus

The rules are simple in this academic communication competition: contestants must explain their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

No props, sound or moving images; no poems, raps, songs or mimes; only a single PowerPoint slide is allowed.

All students and staff are invited to watch this year’s contestants take to the lectern in a bid to be crowned the winner of the 2016 King’s 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final.

We are also delighted to welcome Professor Sophie Scott, Deputy Director at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and one the UK’s best academic communicators who will speak on engaging the public with academic research.

Eight finalists were selected during heats held throughout May, each with the chance of winning up to £500 and a place representing King’s in the national 3 minute thesis competition:

  • Omar AldalatiCardiovascular Research Division, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
  • Lucy Blandford – Clinical Dentistry, Dental Institute
  • Jane Pei-Chen Chang- Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Christiane Hahn – MRC Centre for Developmental Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Zunera Khan – Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Hong-Ting Kwok – MRC Centre for Developmental Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Kayleigh-Marie Nunez – Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Jorge Palacios – Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Show your support for the finalists and come along to watch the Grand Final on Thursday 9 June at 3pm. More information about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition can be found on the Researcher Development Programme’s website.

King’s Research Strategy – we want to hear from you

On 16th May, King’s launched a university wide consultation around a refreshed Research Strategy for King’s. The research strategy aims to connect and enhance faculty strategies and to exploit synergies and interdisciplinary research opportunities. It should provide clarity of purpose around our research endeavour and enable the best research from our staff and post-graduate researchers. It feeds directly into King’s 2029 Vision, where research is a strategic priority, and is interlinked with the Education and International strategies.

The papers have been developed with university leadership, faculty research leads and a number of staff (academic and professional services) via a series of meetings and workshops and give a starting point upon which to build the wider consultation. Your feedback is vital in ensuring we have identified the correct enablers which will allow you to deliver your research, feel supported during your research career and, ultimately, in delivering this ambition for King’s. These are initial ideas, by no means finalised. We hope they will be refined and added to during the engagement process.

We are excited to share these papers with you and are keen to hear your feedback. Researchers from all levels are encouraged to take part.

Please visit the internal webpages to view the papers and find out how to give your feedback.


King’s launches new guarantor scheme for international students

A major issue affecting international students studying in the UK is that they often require a UK guarantor for private rented accommodation, or they have to pay the full cost of entire contracts up front. King’s and KCLSU have been working together on a solution for our students and are pleased to announce that we have launched a new scheme. It is available to any non-first year undergraduate and all postgraduate students from outside the UK. Students interested in applying can find out more on the housing section of the website.

Chris Shelley, Director of Student Services, said; ‘We have known for a long time that this is a big issue for our students and I am delighted we have found a solution that caters for their needs and is available to all our international students who aren’t in their first year of an undergraduate degree. We have consulted students on this scheme and they were very pleased with it, and KCLSU have been key partners in identifying and agreeing this solution, which I am confident will have a very positive impact on the experience of our international students. Combined with our guarantee of a room in King’s accommodation for all first year undergraduates this means King’s is providing a housing solution for every single one of our international students should they require it.’

Supervisory Excellence Awards Results

The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Supervisory Excellence Awards (SEA) 2015/16:

Faculty Winning Supervisor
Faculty of Arts & Humanities Professor Magnus Ryner
Dental Institute Professor Abigail Tucker & Professor Gordon Proctor (Joint Winners)
The Dickson Poon School of Law Professor David Nelken
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Dr Joseph Bateman
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Professor Maddy Parsons
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Professor Maribel Fernandez
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Professor Christine Norton
Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Professor Nick Drake

The overall King’s Supervisory Excellence Award goes to Professor Maddy Parsons from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

Successful supervisors will receive a certificate and a nominal financial award which will be paid into their respective university research accounts, and they will also have the chance to receive recognition of their achievement at a Graduation Ceremony.

If you would like to hear what each supervisor had to say about their approach to supervision please click here to access details of their statements.

For information about previous winners of the SEA, please click here.

About the Award
Each year the Graduate School awards Supervisory Excellence Awards designed to recognise and reward postgraduate supervisors for the outstanding supervision and support that they offer to research students at King’s College London.

The key criteria in selecting winners from the nominees are that they demonstrate innovation in their thinking or practice and that they support the personal development of their students towards their chosen career goal. We also expect to see evidence that the supervisor has ‘gone the extra mile’ for their students.