The Brilliant Club – Scholars Programme

A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for KCL PhD students and post-doctoral researchers

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve disadvantaged communities. Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, The Brilliant Club placed over 500 researchers in schools across the UK, where they worked with over 10,000 pupils.

There is now the opportunity for you to be involved in Autumn 2017 or Spring 2018 placements.

The Brilliant Club will be holding two Information Events on Thursday 6 July:

  • 12.00 – 13.00, Greenwood Lecture Theatre, Guy’s Campus
  • 14.00 – 15.00, K-1.56 King’s Building, Strand Campus (lower ground floor)

Please come along if you would like to find out more about becoming a Scholars Programme tutor.

In addition to earning £500 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to universities.

Tutors who are accepted to become a Scholars Programme tutor will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-days including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. After the training session, The Scholars Programme begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip, followed by six further tutorials in their school, at the end of the programme pupils submit and assignment which is marked their tutor.

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club tutoring opportunities online. To apply please visit the application form.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at apply@thebrilliantclub.org

PLuS Alliance launches the Global Security PLuS student prize

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King’s College London joined the PLuS Alliance in February 2016. It is a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney to find research-led solutions to global challenges and expand access to world-class learning. The PLuS Alliance will harness the collective research strengths of the three universities to address globally significant issues under the broad theme of sustainable development.

Global security is an area of cutting edge research and education within the PLuS Alliance. The Global Security PLuS network is launching to help find research-led solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges. The initiative will be officially launched on Wednesday 19th July in Sydney, Australia. The inaugural student research prize will also be awarded at this launch event.

This prize is open to research students (research Masters or Doctorate) enrolled at the time of submission at ASU, KCL or UNSW.

Students can win $500 in prize money for activity in the areas of biosecurity, violent conflict and war, cybersecurity, terrorism and disasters.

The deadline is 21st June 2017 – apply now!

 Information on the application and judging process for King’s students, can be found here.

For the latest news from the Graduate School on the latest funding calls, awards, and other opportunities for postgraduate researchers at King’s, read our monthly newsletter and follow us on Twitter @KCLGradSchool.

Calling all new GTAs: Teaching courses this June

For researchers who will become Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Autumn, there are Preparing to Teach courses available in June and September. 

The course addresses a range of introductory topics to develop your teaching skills, including:

  • Evaluating effective teaching techniques
  • How to plan a teaching session
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Principles of assessment and feedback
  • Applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

For dates and booking information, go to www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/prodev/prepteach.aspx.

For experienced GTAs:

If you have a year’s experience you may like to consider applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. See www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/TRaK/Introduction.aspx for more information.

Please also consider whether you could contribute to our Preparing to Teach workshops by answering questions from new GTAs. We welcome applications from all faculties: see https://keats.kcl.ac.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=114455.

2017 Annual Education Lecture: Jonathan Freedland on post-truth and public education

The School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London invites you to its 2017 Annual Education Lecture: Post-truth, lies and fake news

Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland asks why this has become the era of post-truth, how much Donald Trump is to blame, the danger this poses to democracy – and what can be done about it. When it comes to questions of truth, does the media have a particular role in, and responsibility for, public education and if it does, what is it?

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Thursday 6 July 2017, 17.30-20.00.

Great Hall, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Arrivals from 17.30; lecture and Q&A from 18:00 followed by drinks reception.

To book your place at this lecture, register via the Eventbrite.

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament is a training conference taking place in UCL on Wednesday 7th June 2017.

This is an opportunity for Kings College London academics to learn how their research can influence and impact proceedings at the UK Parliament.

The event will be at 1.30 – 5.00pm on 7th June 2017 at University College London.  It is open to all academic researchers, from PhD students to senior researchers, and university impact support staff.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.

At this 3 hour training event, you will learn:

  • How to contact MPs and Members of the House of Lords from Parliament’s Outreach & Engagement Service
  • How to work with Select Committees from a clerk of a House of Commons Select Committee
  • How Parliament has been cited in REF 2014 impact case studies from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

“This was one of the most useful events I’ve ever attended.” – RIUKP Attendee, January 2017

“This was a very informative event. I enjoyed learning about how to engage with Parliament and consider the impact of my research on parliamentary activities” – RIUKP Attendee, November 2016

Tickets cost £40 and include lunch. If this fee is a barrier to attendance, please contact us; we may make exceptions in some circumstances.  We are also able to discuss group bookings if you would like to book a block of tickets for your institution.

Book your place at Research, Impact and the UK Parliament now.

We hold RIUKP events around the UK throughout the year: check www.parliament.uk/academic-training for more details.