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)

 

 

Spotlight Series: Security & Intelligence | 26-Apr-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | K6.63, Strand Campus

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 www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.

Sign up here:

https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=4133&service=Careers+Service

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Speakers:

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Spotlight Series: Arts Administration | 19-Apr-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07, Strand Campus

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 www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.

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Book here: https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=4131&service=Careers+Service

Speakers:

Dr. Ben Cowell

Ben Cowell is Director General of the Historic Houses Association. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of the cultural and heritage sectors, having previously worked for the National Trust, English Heritage, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He is also Deputy Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, which represents more than 100 independent heritage charities.

Dr. Rachel Souhami

Rachel Souhami is a museum consultant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in exhibition production, from masterplanning new museums to advising on small exhibitions. Her consultancy is informed by her academic research, which examines the contexts, processes and practises of exhibition making. Rachel also trains museum professionals, Masters students and others in exhibition production. She produces events that encourage engagement and debate between cultural professionals, academics and interested publics, including the widely acclaimed Museums Showoff. Rachel has written and spoken widely about museums, exhibitions and policy.

Dr. Danielle Thom

Danielle Thom is a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, specialising in 18th century art. Recently, she was acting Research Curator for four months, during which she co-curated the V&A exhibition ‘A World of Fragile Parts’, which is currently on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale (May-Nov 2016). Rachel has since returned to her post of Assistant Curator, working across the departments of Sculpture and Prints at the V&A. Rachel’s research specialisms are British 18th century sculpture and print culture; and her AHRC-funded PhD thesis was on the topic of 18th century caricatures and comic prints.

Danielle is one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers for 2015-16, and is in the process of researching and writing a book about the work of 18th century sculptor Joseph Nollekens. Rachel is an occasional broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to ‘Apollo’ magazine; and has been a part-time Teaching Fellow in the History of Art department at UCL.

 

Hannah Dye
Student Engagement Coordinator | Cultural Institute

Hannah, a graduate of both Liverpool and Chester Universities, has worked within arts administration for over 8 years. She is currently Student Engagement Coordinator, Cultural Institute at King’s College London. Prior to this role, she was Learning Producer at inclusive contemporary dance company Candoco where she was responsible for the strategic development and delivery of an extensive national and international Learning programme. Hannah Produced key projects including a re-staging of Jerome Bel’s The Show Must Go On, a choreographic mentoring programme in Armenia and Candoco’s annual International Lab for professional artists.  She developed key partnerships between Candoco and Tate Britain, Kenwood House, Islington Council, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music & Dance and The Place.  Hannah started her career within Creative Learning at Sadler’s Wells where she co-ordinated a range of projects for young people, working closely with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists.

 

The Data Incubator Fellowship

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.
Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:
New York City
San Francisco Bay Area
Seattle
Boston
Washington, DC.
Dates: All sections will be from 2017-06-19 to 2017-08-11.

 

Apply here: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=wam9hbm5hLnN0aWxlc0BrY2wuYWMudWs=

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Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

Spotlight: Education | 22-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07 (Learning Commons), Strand

Spotlight: Education | 22-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07 (Learning Commons), Strand

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 www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.

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Speakers:

Dr Catherine McEvoy – Researchers in Schools

Catherine is currently in her first year of teacher training with Parliament Hill School, through Lampton SCITT. Catherine completed her PhD: “High Resolution Studies of Interstellar and Stellar Absorption Lines in the Optical Spectra of OB-Type Stars”, at Queen’s University Belfast. Having joined Researchers in Schools in September 2016, she has been working towards Widening Participation in her school through initiatives like STAR (Students As Researchers) and KCL’s Teacher Advocate Award.

Sign up here;

https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=4133&service=Careers+Service

Behavioural Consultancy | 15-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | Classroom 2, Denmark Hill

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 www.kcldo1thing.com. Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at www.blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool.

Sign up here: https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=3553&service=Careers+Service

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Speakers:

Dr Kiki Koutmeridou

Dr. Kiki Koutmeridou is DonorVoice’s resident behavioral scientist. In her role, Kiki helps to devise campaign strategies and leads research projects and workshops. Kiki holds an MSc in neuroscience and a PhD in cognitive psychology. She also is the former head of two applied behavioral science units. Kiki expertly applies academic understanding to real world fundraising challenges.

Dr Carla Groom

Dr Carla Groom studied psychology at Cambridge University, then went on to a PhD in social psychology at Northwestern University, a programme that specialised in social cognition. Developing a taste for individual difference research, she went on to work as a post-doctoral fellow in personality psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Finally returning to the UK in 2003 and craving a dose of real-world experience, she worked for a variety of clients at a comms research consultancy. Carla then joined DWP in 2006, initially to work on the implementation of the Turner Commission’s workplace pensions recommendations. This turned into 10 years’ experience in a variety of analytical and policy roles, and since summer 2015 the opportunity to begin to build a DWP-wide Behavioural Science function as Head of DWP Behavioural Science.

Dr Lizzy Lubczanski, Behavioural Research Unit Manager and Health Psychologist, Swiss Re

Dr Lubczanski is a behavioural researcher at Swiss Re; one of the largest reinsurers in the world. After spending 10 years in academia and obtaining her PhD in health psychology, Lizzy is integrating psychological research into the insurance field by running behavioural research trials with life insurance companies around the globe.

Behavioural Consultancy | 15-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | Classroom 2, Denmark Hill

Beyond the Bench: Nail the Elevator Pitch | 08-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo

Professional Futures events are based around particular themes that we know you, as a KCL researcher, will be thinking about. They are short, informal events where the emphasis is on you thinking outside your research field and seeing how your skills and interests can be transferred into all sorts of different settings. Invest some time to think closely about yourself, your future potential; meet some fellow researchers and work with our speakers to help you develop one area of your skill set.

08-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo

Sign up here: https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=3561&service=Careers+Service

DR DANIEL GLASER
Director, Science Gallery London, King’s College London
Dr Daniel Glaser is one of the country’s most popular neuroscientists. He has presented and contributed to numerous BBC television and radio programmes, and was the first scientist to serve as a judge for the Man Booker Prize. In 2002, he was made the first Scientist in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2005 he was in the first cohort to receive a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Formerly the head of Engaging Science at Wellcome Trust, he is now director of the Science Gallery at King’s College London.

He comes from an unusual academic background having studied maths and then English literature at Cambridge, doing a masters in cognitive science at Sussex University, and graduate work in neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and postdoctoral work in brain imaging at UCL in London.

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Informational Interview | 01-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo

Professional Futures events are based around particular themes that we know you, as a KCL researcher, will be thinking about. They are short, informal events where the emphasis is on you thinking outside your research field and seeing how your skills and interests can be transferred into all sorts of different settings. Invest some time to think closely about yourself, your future potential; meet some fellow researchers and work with our speakers to help you develop one area of your skill set.

Book here:

https://kcl.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=3559&service=Careers+Service

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01-Mar-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | FWB 1.16, Waterloo