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.

 

Opera at Kings: Collision – A Comic Opera in Banalities

Collision: A Comic Opera in Banalities 24th and 25th May, 8pm, The Greenwood Theatre, Guys Campus, 55 Weston Street, SE1 3RA

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“Collision is ahead of us. The end of the world is near.”

Collision is an irreverent cabaret-opera which started life in 1928 as a Dada-esque libretto by avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. With a strange Green Globe on course to collide with Earth, panic is rife on the streets of Berlin. Between the broadcasting station and the church, the action swings from hyperactive farce to nihilistic satire until the citizens of Berlin find themselves at the airport for the final curtain.

Part absurdist science-fiction and part sultry cabaret, Collision was Schwitters’ first and only foray into the opera world, and it was never realised during his lifetime. 90 years on, Collision is being recreated by a collaboration of King’s College and University College students as a fully-staged ‘comic opera in banalities’ set to new cabaret and jazz-influenced music by Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and with a set inspired by Schwitters’ own brand of collage art.

Tickets: £9, £6 concessions. To book your tickets now, follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collision-a-comic-opera-in-banalities-tickets-33445867490

 

Study in Australia this Summer: Creating positive change through research with ANU

ImpactMobilising Research: Create positive change through research.
A Global Summer Program presented by The Australian National University (ANU).
Sunday 25 June – Friday 14 July

ANU is opening up its Vice Chancellor course Mobilising Research to select ANU international partners, including King’s College London. Mobilising Research is an intense interdisciplinary course which will challenge students to see research from a new perspective and give students an opportunity to meet world class ANU researchers.

DSL161291 IARU summer program_FA1A3_Ext (002)This intensive, interdisciplinary
Summer Program will equip you
to put research into action and
reset the agenda in favour of the
public good.

Over three weeks you will live, learn and work with students from a wide range of disciplines and from around the globe. Your exposure to different mindsets, approaches, and cultural                                                  norms will challenge you to see the world the way others do.

ANU would like to invite research oriented students from King’s College London to apply for a place in the course. The three-week course will bring together a small cohort of high quality students from around the world to explore how interdisciplinary research can address future global threats. This intensive course is equivalent to an ANU semester long course and students will receive an ANU transcript for their studies.

Students will be accommodated in university residential colleges as well as spending a week at the ANU South Coast Campus, Kioloa.

For more information and to apply, please download the promotional flier and the application form at these links:

Interested students should complete the application form and submit by email to gsp.anu.iaru@anu.edu.au by midnight Wednesday 31 May 2017.

 

 

Why fill out the 2017 PRES? 5 Key Reasons

What is the PRES

PRES stands for Postgraduate Research Experience Survey and is designed to get your feedback on what it’s like to be a PhD student or Postgraduate Researcher at King’s.

Filling out the PRES allows you to tell us what you think. And your feedback allows us to improve things in response!

Why fill out the PRES? 5 Key Reasons

1. This is your chance to get your your voice heard! 

If you have ever had an opinion, idea, or complaint about life as a PG Researcher, you’ll also know that it’s not always easy to get somebody to listen. This survey is an opportunity to send us detailed and extensive feedback about your experience as a researcher at King’s.

2. You may not get another opportunity. 

The PRES survey is carried out by the Higher Education Academy every two years. That means by the time the next one comes around you could be almost finished your course – or be already graduated. The deadline to fill out the current, 2017 PRES is the 18th May. Take the opportunity now to send us your feedback now, while you still can!

3. The survey isn’t just quantitative, it’s qualitative too.

In other words, we don’t just get you to rate things from 1-10, but we also ask you for your detailed thoughts on what works well and what doesn’t. We really do read your comments as well – they are key to gaining qualitative feedback on the researcher experience at King’s.

4. The results of the PRES can improve PGR experiences across the UK.

The feedback we receive through the PRES doesn’t just help us target what needs to be improved at King’s for PG Researchers. The results go towards constructing a comprehensive, national picture of the postgraduate experience. This can go on to influence policy makers at the highest levels.

5. PRES Feedback really does help us improve things. 

Giving us your feedback gets results! In response to the 2015 PRES, we have:

So if you want to make your voice heard, give us your feedback on the Postgraduate Researcher experience, and help us improve things for you and others — check your email inbox and fill out the PRES today.

The PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation – Nominations open now!

The inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation is now open for nominations.

The PLuS Alliance Prize awards US$50,000 annually to highlight innovation in research and innovation in education that:

  • addresses a globally-significant issue
  • makes a direct and positive impact, and
  • helps, or has the potential to help communities globally.

Professional and academic staff, students and alumni from King’s College London, as well from fellow members of the PLuS Alliance,  Arizona State University and UNSW Sydney, are eligible to nominate a global innovator in each of the categories of Research Innovation and Education Innovation.

Prizes are awarded for innovation in research as well as in education.

For further information on the prizes and the nomination process follow the links:

US$25,000 is awarded in each of the categories to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, groups, or organisations in addressing the greatest global challenges facing society.

Submissions close on Friday 12 May, 2017. So if you want outstanding, innovative, and globally impactful research and education to be recognised, submit your nomination today!

Free event! Hacking the US academic job market – 15th May at SOAS from 5 to 7.30

Venue:

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG

Programme:

5 to 6 p.m: Kellee Weinhold – Interviews for academic jobs in the USA

An interactive session during which Kellee will move through standard interview questions, explaining common errors and weaknesses and providing examples of effective answers with attention to brevity, spin, word choice, tone, body language, etc.

Kellee Weinhold is a former university professor in the fields of journalism, communication, and literary non-fiction who now works as a strategic communications and academic productivity coach for the Professor is In. In addition to prepping clients for Skype, phone and campus interviews as well as job talks, Kellee coaches individuals and groups in the strategies for creating a productive work life balance.

6 p.m. to 7.30 pm: Dr Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor Is In <https://theprofessorisin.com/about-the-professor-2/>

In this 90-minute seminar I walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways you can maximize your chances of success while looking for a tenure-track job.
We’ll cover:

*   The big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market
*   How to think like a search committee
*   The four core qualities of a successful tenure track job candidate
*   The all-important 5-Year Plan
*   The ethos of job market documents
*   The most common mistakes made by job seekers
*   The three keys to academic interviewing
*   The non-academic option

We also examine the pervasive intangible pitfalls that can bedevil job documents and interviewing, including narcissism, excessive humility, and hyper-emotionalism.  You’ll leave with a broad understanding of the real (as opposed to fantasy) criteria of tenure track hiring, and how to tailor your record and application materials to maximize your chances of success. Finally, I will also touch on the current political situation and outlooks for US academia.

Booking: PhD students book here. Staff – please email donald.lush@kcl.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

International Postgraduates: Cultural adjustment – experiencing difference and negotiating identity

Would you find it helpful to explore, in a supportive group, the cultural challenges you have experienced while studying and living in the UK?

The Counselling Service and International Student Advice are offering a short-term therapeutic group in which to explore the cultural challenges of being an international postgraduate student at King’s. This will take place in a series of five, 1.5 hour interactive, small-group sessions for international postgraduate research students. The first group sessions will take place in May/June 2017.


These supportive and focused sessions will allow you explore issues which may have personally impacted you, while you have been living in the UK, including:

  • Practical and emotional challenges of living in a foreign country away from home
  • Social isolation
  • Cultural adjustment – experiencing difference and negotiating identity
  • Experience of barriers to integration to the UK

These session will offer a supportive, confidential and respectful space in which to share your experiences and stories. The group also offers an opportunity to further develop your intercultural competence through reflection and discussion.

To register interest, please contact jennifer.raper@kcl.ac.uk by the 30th of April.

 

 

Postgraduate student parents: support, advice, and information

There are an increasing number of students with caring responsibilities attending College. The commitment and resilience required is not to be underestimated but for many the overall benefits to them and their families outweighs the pressures of juggling family and study.

Support for Families and Carers at King’s College London

The Family Society at King’s is a society for students with additional family responsibilities. It welcomes parents, carers, and those who have a more family oriented mind-set. Student parents can also seek advice on a wide range of financial and funding issues by contacting Student Advice Services. You can attend a drop-in or request an appointment with the Specialist Student Parent Advisor; please see the website for full details: www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/student-advice-support/how/parents/childcare.aspx.

KCL is committed to providing rest, breastfeeding/expressing, and changing facilities at all of our campuses. Find out more here: www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/parenting/rooms.aspx.

Family Accommodation

There are studios and flats available in university halls of residence, housing associations, and privately run halls that offer family accommodation, as well as private rented accommodation. Your choice depends on your budget and your personal preference. The Following links may be helpful in finding the right accommodation for you:

Funding and Postgraduate Loans

Home and EU* students starting a full or part-time master;s course after 1st August 2016 can apply for a Post-Graduate Loan. You may be able to borrow up to £10,000, paid in a series of installments, to cover fees and help with living costs. Eligibility depends on previous study of a post-graduate course, the type and length of the course as well as your age, nationality and residency status. You can find out more by visiting: www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

King’s College offers a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities for all students on both taught masters and research degrees which may contribute towards tuition fees, living costs, or both. Information and application details can be found at the Student Funding Office and Graduate Funding database:

Depending on your personal circumstances, you or your partner may be able to apply for additional, means tested government support. The Student Advice Team can advise on your eligibility for welfare benefits and help if you need to make a claim of challenge a decision. For an overview of the financial help available when having a baby and raising a child: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/having-a-baby. For further information see: www.gov.uk/benefits-calculator.

Further Support and Advice 

(*This information was correct as of March 2017)