Winter Wellbeing Crafternoon

Whether you have embraced the festive spirit, or are you looking for your chance too, we have an event for you!

On 9 December, the wellbeing team is hosting their Winter Wellbeing Crafternoon. It promises to be a fun and relaxing afternoon where you can do festive crafts, drink hot chocolate, and eat mince pies. Plus, there is even a chance to win free gym membership for a month and much more …

Interested? Then why not going along?

The next Winter Wellbeing Crafternoon will take place on 9 December 2016, from 13:30 till 16:30pm, in the Macadam Lobby at the Strand Campus.

For more details, click here, or contact


Policy Idol – Could you change the world in three minutes?

Do you want to change the world? Do you have an idea for policymakers? Do you
think you can convince a group of policy experts in just three minutes?


£250 Audience prize
£500 Best delivery
£500 Best analysis
£1,000 Overall winner

Policy Idol 2017Policy Idol is an annual competition open to all current students and staff at King’s, in which participants pitch their policy ideas to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds of politics, academia and industry.

You can enter by yourself or as part of a team, and on the day you will have just three minutes to present your idea to the judges, who will assess your pitch on the quality of delivery and the evidence and analysis underpinning it.

Organised by the Policy Institute at King’s, the competition sees the best ideas selected in a series of heats, with standout pitches from each heat put through to the final. All finalists receive bespoke training in policy analysis and communications, as well as an opportunity to improve their pitch.

The final takes place in front of a live audience, with both the judges and the audience voting for their favourite idea at the end of the evening.

Applications accepted until Friday, 2 December 2016 at 17.00.

Find out more and sign up at

St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

Do you have a disruptive idea? Would you like a stage to present your idea to world leaders? Would you like to become a leader of tomorrow?

The 47th St. Gallen Symposium, taking place on 3-5 May 2017 in Switzerland, attracts some of the most influential leaders and decision makers and is organised entirely by students, making it a very unique platform for you to express your ideas. It will also give you the opportunity to network with like-minded peers, and become a member of this unique and global community. Leaders of Today who have attended the symposium in the past include Niall Ferguson, Jack Ma, Christine Lagarde, Paul Polman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Ratan Tata, and Muhammad Yunus.

In order to win your place at the symposium, an all-expenses paid trip to Switzerland, and a chance to win a share of 20 000 CHF, you need to enter the world’s most prestigious essay competition. For your essay to be considered, it must answer this question; ‘Breaking the status quo – What’s YOUR disruptive idea?’

For a feel of what the symposium you could be attending is like, check out this video.

Interested? Make sure you attend the  KCL information session on 15 November 2016 for more information, and register here in order to apply. Make sure you read all of the eligibility criteria (please see below for more information), and instructions before you submit your essay!

The deadline to apply is the 1 February 2017 – good luck!

The eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1987 or later*

* The event is about facilitating conversations ‘between the generations’ with young researchers alerting older policy and decision makers and change makers  of their concerns and aspirations.

Please note that the eligibility criteria are set by the organisers of the symposium and do not necessarily reflect Kings Policies.


3 Minute Thesis winner announced

The final of King’s College London’s 3 Minute Thesis competition was held on June 9. 3 Minute ThesisHeats had been held across the College during May and eight doctoral students were nominated to compete in the Grand Final. Following eight presentations of a very high standard, Lucy Blandford from Dental and Health Sciences Research in the Dental Institute was declared the winner by the panel of judges. Jane Chang from Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience was runner-up.

The competition was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and is now run by over 350 universities worldwide. The format is simple – PhD students had 3 minutes to talk about their research. One slide was allowed but, other than that, no props. It had to be spoken word with no songs, mimes, poems or raps and they were to aim their talk at an audience of ‘intelligent non-specialists’. The participants were judged on comprehension & content and engagement & communication.

Lucy will now represent King’s in the UK semi-finals and, if successful there, in the national final which will take place at the Vitae conference in Manchester, in September.

Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School, said “the ability of our research students to communicate their ideas in an engaging and accessible way continues to impress. We wish Lucy all the best in the national competition.”

3 Minute Thesis will run again at King’s in 2017.

REMINDER – Expenses-covered conference in Switzerland

There are only five days left to compete for an expenses-covered participation in the global conference: 46th St. Gallen Symposium, to be held 11–13 May 2016 in Switzerland.

For a quick overview, please feel free to watch a video presentation here:

Distinguished personalities who have already confirmed their attendance at the upcoming symposium include Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé Group, star economist Dambisa Moyo, Guler Sabanci, Sabanci Holding, Tidjan Thiam, Credit Suisse Group, and Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline. Speakers attend because they want to engage with the students. The complete and regularly updated list is available at

Submission deadline for the essay competition is 1 February 2016 at The authors of the 100 best contributions qualify as Leaders of Tomorrow for the St. Gallen Symposium. At the conference, the six finalists compete on the big stage (global audience, livestream, hundreds of top-decision makers and leaders watching) for a prize money of CHF 20,000.– and the prestigious St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

Register now at and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2016.

St. Gallen Symposium Information Session – Tuesday, 27 October


St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2016_PosterWould you like to discuss the world’s most pressing issues with leaders like Kofi Annan, United Nations, Professor Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund or Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore?

If your answer to these questions is “yes”, join the Symposium Information Session on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, in room 1.60 FWB, Waterloo Campus from 18:0019.30 p.m.

Seize your opportunity and qualify as a “Leader of Tomorrow” for the St. Gallen Symposium through our student essay competition for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s premier platform for intergenerational dialogue. The 46th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 11–13 May 2016 under the topic “Growth – the good, the bad, and the ugly”.

The submission deadline for the competition is 1 February 2016. The authors of the 100 best contributions will qualify for the St. Gallen Symposium, which includes the following highlights:

  • Join the debate with 600 top global leaders and decision makers
  • Share your thoughts, ideas and visions with the global elite
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • CHF 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
  • Broad media coverage
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community

Please be advised that in order to be eligible for the essay competition, you must be enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate program (e.g. MasterMBAPh.D.graduate certificates or diplomas) and you must be born in or after 1986. Please note that post-docs are not eligible to apply.

We invite you to have a look at the competition question and requirements at You may also want to share the information about this experience with your friends and follow us on Furthermore, you may get an insight through the videos on our YouTube Channel on

We hope to see you at one of our information sessions to tell you more about the extraordinary possibilities the St. Gallen Symposium offers.

St Gallen Symposium – Deadline 1 February 2015

The deadline for the St. Gallen Symposium’s annual essay competition (St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award) is now less than a month away.

The competition offers postgraduates an opportunity to win a cash prize and expenses-covered participation as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in the 45th St. Gallen Symposium (7-8 May 2015), a great opportunity for your CV.

This year’s essay theme is “Proudly Small” focusing on the importance of smaller units in politics, the economy and the society. Highlights, if you qualify include:

  • Free participation as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in the 45th St. Gallen Symposium
  • Meet 600 distinguished ‘Leaders of Today': entrepreneurs, top managers, politicians and scientists from more than 60 nations
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Expenses covered (flight, board and lodging)
  • Chance to win the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, endowed with €20,000, including a speech in front of the assembled plenum.

Please note that because the Swiss students who organise the St. Gallen Symposium are seeking to develop a dialogue between young people and older people in positions of influence they have decided it should be open to all graduate and postgraduate students born in 1985 or later.

If you have any questions about this scheme please contact:

Leaders of Tomorrow Team –

Competition details and application procedure can be found here.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 80 PhD studentships available for postgraduate students applying for a doctoral programme in the arts and humanities at one of the three partner institutions: King’s, UCL and the School of Advanced Study. Subject to availability, these awards will cover:

  • tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate
  • annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend)

Before applying for a LAHP studentship you must have already applied for admission, LAHP strongly recommends that you submit your admissions application before Friday 16th January 2015.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (September 2015), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining.

LAHP studentships are open to UK and EU students who meet the AHRC’s residency requirements. EU students are eligible to apply for LAHP funding on exactly the same basis as UK students. LAHP expects to make full awards (fees and maintenance) to successful EU candidates in 2015.

Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. LAHP encourages cross-supervision between the partner universities; please speak to the supervisors or departments about the possibilities available.

Full eligibility criteria and more information about the application procedure can be found on the London Arts & Humanities Partnership website.

Inventing the Modern Novel

Wednesday 19 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre

Rachel Cusk and Will Self in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi

Acclaimed novelists Rachel Cusk and Will Self will explore the influence of modernist literature on their own work and interrogate what it might mean to be influenced by modernism.  Is modernism more a period of early-twentieth century art or a set of styles?  If the modernist novel still exists today, is it necessarily formally avant-garde? Does it continue Virginia Woolf’s task of tracing ‘the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall’? Does it employ what TS Eliot termed ‘the mythical method’, as ‘a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history’?

This discussion is free and will be followed by a drinks reception.  It is open to the wider public but 150 seats have been set aside for students eligible to enter our Creative Responses to Modernism competition.To book please visit

The Creative Responses to Modernism competition is open to postgraduate students from throughout the UK, and the closing date is Monday 30 March 2015. For details please visit