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: https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/student/grad-school/pgr/support/wupspace.aspx.

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.

 

Doctoral Thesis Writing-up Space

As a result of feedback received from King’s postgraduate researchers about available desk space for writing-up, the university are offering doctoral students the chance to apply for a dedicated desk space for a limited period in a reserved area of the Maughan Library.

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

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

  • Has registered for writing-up status
  • 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 over the year and the deadline for the first round is 15th February 2017. For full details, please click here.

Please note that this scheme will be run as a pilot during the year 2017, and is subject to review over the summer. 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:

https://kings.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/lgbtq-phd-experience-survey

Contact

If you have any questions about this project please contact Dr. Ross English – ross.english@kcl.ac.uk

British Library PGR Open Days

The British Library is running a series of Open Days for Doctoral Students, taking place in January, February and March 2017.

The Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the British Library’s collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Doctoral Open Days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, plus help students navigate the physical and online collections.

As well as hearing from the library’s expert and friendly staff, students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines. Each day concentrates on a different aspect of the library’s collections and most take an inter-disciplinary approach.

Interested in attending? Then pick the day you think will be most helpful with your studies!

The Open Days are as follows:

Asian &African Collections 16 January
News & Media 13-Jan
Social Sciences 30-Jan
Boston Spa 01-Feb
 Music Collections 13-Feb
Pre 1600 Collections 20-Feb
17 & 18th Century Collections 27 February
19th Century Collections 6 March
20th & 21st Century Collections 13 March

All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on 1 February 2017, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

For further details of the all Open Days and how to book please go to the British Library’s website.

Places cost £10.00 including lunch and other refreshments.

Light up your Study Skills

Study Skills Focus Groups
King’s Study Skills Centre is developing its existing study skills provision and is undertaking some research to gather information on students’ perceptions of study skills and their suggestions for enhancements to current provision.

Following an initial desk research and literature review stage, they are organising a series of focus groups with students and looking for Masters and PhD students to take part.

In particular they are interested in these areas:

  • What study skills IT provision already exists?
  • What do students think of it?
  • Can students find resources on the web?
  • What gaps can students identify?
  • What changes would they like to see?
  • What do students feel about library training sessions?

Students will be given £20 for their time in the focus group.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch by Friday 4 March 2016 via studyskills@kcl.ac.uk or go to www.kcl.ac.uk/studyskills for more details

Sign up here

Generation UK: China Network Event

Are interested in studying in China? Would you like to apply to for a China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship to support your study in China?

To celebrate the “Golden Era” of UK-China relations and to promote Study in China with CSC Scholarships, students are invited to the inaugural event for the Generation UK: China network, co-organized by the British Council and The Chinese Embassy in the UK

Date: Friday 26 February 2016
Time: 16:00 – 19:00
Venue: BMA House, The Great Hall
Address: Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP, Ministry of Education, P.R.China

Programme
16:00 – 16:30 Arrival & Registration
16:30 – 17:00 Opening Remarks & Key Note Speeches
17:00 – 18:00 Panel Discussion on “Understanding the Golden Era”
18:00 – 19:00 Networking Reception

Students who have ever studied in China with a CSC scholarship at King’s, and those who are interested in applying for a CSC scholarship to go and study in China in the future, are welcome to attend this upcoming event.

RSVP
Please confirm your attendance by Monday 1 February 2016 using the RSVP link here.

For any queries, please contact Stephanie Jackson at stephanie.jackson@britishcouncil.org.cn

 

Seeking PhD student as Study Skills Tutor (Statistical Support)

The Study Skills Centre at King’s College London are looking to recruit a PhD student for the role of Study Skills Tutor (Statistical Support), to support and advise students on a one-to-one basis in statistics, experimental design and data analysis, SPSS (beginners, intermediate and advanced), Minitab and NViVO.

Experience / Skills
You will be undertaking a PhD at King’s College London or have completed one. You are expected to undertake two-part training on 1 & 2 February

Qualifications
Teaching experience would be desirable, but you have to be undertaking/have completed a PhD. We welcome applicants from Life Sciences and Medicine; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience; Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and,the Dental Institute.

Health & Safety Considerations
If you have any accessibility issues, please let us know so that we can support you.

How to Apply
Firstly, please go to the Talent Bank to register as a new client. Once this is done please click on the link here: https://www.directtemping.com/login/auth to apply.

For full details, please visit the Talent Bank web page

Study Skills Support for All Students

StudyA new study skills centre has been set up by Library Services at King’s College London and is currently running successfully in the Maughan Library.

The study skills programme is designed to support the needs of all students from all levels and disciplines. Our emphasis is on enhancement of learning to assist students in achieving their full potential, to help improve their self-esteem and employability.

Our amazing PhD students are busy supporting all students with their learning
development in areas like maths, science and academic writing. If you would like academic advice on how to write your assignment or on mathematical and statistical problems then please book an appointment.

For more information please click here

If you have any questions, please email studyskills@kcl.ac.uk

Alumni Mentoring Programme – King’s Connect

What is it?King's Connect

King’s Connect is the online community where alumni connect with each other and become mentors to current students.

The programme started 4 years ago and has facilitated over 350 mentoring relationships so far, and we want to reach 500 mentoring relationships by 2016.

1300 alumni are part of the platform and there are 310 active mentors. About 7 alumni are joining every day so the number of active mentors is set to rise to 400 by the end of 2015.

Mentoring requirements

Mentors will be required to commit to 1-3 hours a month per mentoring relationship as well as attending two events annually.

Mentees will be required to commit 4-6 hours a month to the mentoring relationship as well as attending two events annually.

Recruitment process

1- Students are asked to complete a short application form (10 minutes). The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday 19 January at midnight.

2- After completing the application form, students will be prompted to sign-up for an interview slot. The interviews round will take place on Friday 22 January 2016.

3- Any questions should be directed to mentoring@kcl.ac.uk.

Upcoming events

Monday 25 January 2016 – King’s Connect Mentoring Celebration Event – email mentoring@kcl.ac.uk to book your place.

Any questions?

Contact Maria Gutierrez, Alumni Volunteer Manager at maria.1.gutierrez@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 2123.

Changes to building opening hours

The out-of-hours opening times of some King’s buildings have been changed following a review of building usage.

King’s College London has analysed data from the access control systems which showed that outside standard opening times, some buildings have very few people using them despite the university providing full operational services including the heating and lighting of large properties.

Buildings that currently have very low out-of-hours usage are Virginia Woolf Building (VWB) and James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) and, therefore, the opening hours are being appropriately reduced from December 21. Staff and post-graduate students will however have the opportunity to request access to the VWB and JCMB out-of-hours via Strand Campus Security.

The reduction in opening hours at these buildings will help the university achieve its carbon reduction target of 43 per cent by 2020 without significant impact on our building users.

There will be no change to the opening hours of libraries and there is a review underway to assess the possibility of 24-hour opening throughout the academic year.

Further information about these changes, as well as an indication of which buildings are accessible outside operational hours and their method of access, can be found on the King’s Estates & Facilities intranet site via the link here: https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/about/ps/estates/reception-security/Comms—Change-to-Opening-hours—final-Nov-26.pdf