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 wellbeing@kcl.ac.uk.

 

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?

Prizes

£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 www.kcl.ac.uk/policyidol

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: https://youtu.be/bcoZgLflhPU

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 www.symposium.org/speakers.

Submission deadline for the essay competition is 1 February 2016 at www.symposium.org/apply. 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 www.symposium.org/apply and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2016.