Nominations Now Open

KCLSU Awards

Let’s celebrate the significant contributions, dedication and expertise of outstanding students at the KCLSU (King’s College London Students’ Union) Awards 2017.

If you know someone who’s done fantastic work and made a real impact on our community, nominate them (or encourage them to nominate themselves) for a KCLSU award here by 5pm on Friday 7 April. 

You’ll find full details of the categories and criteria on the website here, and if you have any questions or concerns email

This year we’re celebrating Crowns & Colours and the KCLSU Awards in one event – a great night to celebrate students’ achievements with peers and VIPs at the prestigious KCLSU Awards 2017 ceremony, held from 7pm on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

With a bigger venue and more options, this year all students will have the chance to book tickets and attend the awards, with a choice of drinks reception or a three course meal with wine. Tickets go on general sale from 14 April.


Voting Now Open – KCLSU Spring Elections 2017

Vote to make a difference in the Spring Elections.

Use your power to help achieve even more of a positive impact to King’s. For example as previously achieved – securing things like free printing and helping to provide a rent guarantor scheme for International students. Vote here by 5pm on Thursday 9 March.

If you have any questions, please email Voting in the Spring Elections is now open.

Best wishes

PGR ‘Write-up space’ – pilot at the Maughan Library

In response to student survey feedback and recommendations by KCLSU, Library Services has agreed to pilot a bookable ‘Write-Up Space’ at the Maughan Library for Postgraduate Researchers in addition to existing library Postgraduate Only Zones, to open in the autumn 2016.

To help them plan the content and management of the space they are seeking input from PGR students as outlined in the poster below:

PGR write-up space - A4

King’s launches new guarantor scheme for international students

A major issue affecting international students studying in the UK is that they often require a UK guarantor for private rented accommodation, or they have to pay the full cost of entire contracts up front. King’s and KCLSU have been working together on a solution for our students and are pleased to announce that we have launched a new scheme. It is available to any non-first year undergraduate and all postgraduate students from outside the UK. Students interested in applying can find out more on the housing section of the website.

Chris Shelley, Director of Student Services, said; ‘We have known for a long time that this is a big issue for our students and I am delighted we have found a solution that caters for their needs and is available to all our international students who aren’t in their first year of an undergraduate degree. We have consulted students on this scheme and they were very pleased with it, and KCLSU have been key partners in identifying and agreeing this solution, which I am confident will have a very positive impact on the experience of our international students. Combined with our guarantee of a room in King’s accommodation for all first year undergraduates this means King’s is providing a housing solution for every single one of our international students should they require it.’

Student Officer Nominations Now Open

KCLSU Student Officer Elections 2016Student Officer Nominations are open from now until 5pm, Monday 22 February. Make sure Postgraduates get the representation they deserve by nominating yourself for one of the five Student Officer positions.

  • KCLSU President
  • Vice President for Education (Health)
  • Vice President for Education (Arts & Sciences)
  • Vice President for Activities and Development
  • Vice President for Welfare and Community

These are full-time positions with a salary of £23,063 and access to powers such as time, funding, support, training, development, connections at King’s, and more to help lead KCLSU and make a real impact for all postgraduate students. For example, Officers successfully helped students get 24 hour library openings and halved the number of academics that faced redundancies across the Health Schools.

In addition to representing fellow students, it’s a terrific opportunity to make valuable connections at King’s and sit on the Trustee Board of a multi-million pound charity.

You can check out the full role descriptions for each position in our Elections Guide, which also explains the election process and goes into specific detail about how it’s possible for Postgraduates to be Officers!

So if you’re interested in standing, have a chat with Chris from KCLSU’s Student Voice Team by calling 020 7848 4588 or emailing If you’re not interested in standing, you can still recommend a candidate who’d be good for the job.

Visit for nominating yourself, more information and the Elections Guide.

KCLSU Annual General Meeting

KCLSU, your Students’ Union, is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday KCLSU image4 February. Students have submitted motions (ideas) to change the Union, University, or the wider community. These motions will be discussed and voted on by students at the AGM.

Date: Thursday 4 February
Time: 6.30pm
Location: New Hunt’s House, Lecture Theatre 1, Guy’s Campus

All students are invited to come, debate, and vote at the AGM! The full motions will be posted on on 28 January. Students who can’t make the meeting will be able to proxy vote online also at

Please contact with any questions.

KCLSU Student Council Elections

Today is the last day to vote in the KCLSU Student Council Elections!

Voting closes at 5pm and students can vote via the following link:

Information on all of the candidates and their manifestos can be found here:

If you are a postgraduate student here at King’s, you can vote for a Postgraduate Officer. Postgraduate Officers represent fellow postgraduates and work with them to have the experience they deserve. They get the opportunity to attend College Committees, with the Vice Presidents for Education, to voice their opinions directly to King’s decision makers. They also get to attend the NUS Postgraduate Students’ Conference.

PGR Student Engagement Project Workshop

Do you have something to say about research student representation at King’s? Do you feel PGR students have their voices heard?

We are delighted to announce that we have recently been successful with our application to be one of twelve participating institutions in The Student Engagement Partnership’s (TSEP) PGR Student Engagement Project. By participating in this project we have a fantastic opportunity to explore and develop the following areas:

  • To better understand the needs, interests and aspirations of PGR students here at King’s, through a greater understanding of the barriers they face and discovering where their identity lies.
  • To explore a bespoke approach to PGR representation; considering methods of student consultation and alternative feedback mechanisms.

On Tuesday 6th October we will be hosting a workshop to launch the project in conjunction with KCLSU and TSEP. We’re hoping to have as many PGR students present as possible.

During the workshop you’ll have an opportunity to share and discuss your PGR experience here at King’s, alongside the areas listed above.

This project will pave the way for a better PGR experience here at King’s and in order for us to get the most out of this fantastic opportunity we’ll need your help.

The workshop will take place from 11-3pm on Tuesday 6th October. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Beyond the workshop there will be plenty of other opportunities to engage with the project throughout the year ahead.

If you are interested in participating please email Chris Bull on to express your interest, and if you know of anyone else that would be interested, by all means bring them along!


Student Clinics to be led by Principal Ed Byrne

King’s has recently launched a student engagement programme with the President & Principal, Edward Byrne, and Vice-Principal, Karen O’Brien, holding student clinics and faculty sessions. A student clinic will be held on alternating campuses in the autumn and spring terms, giving you an opportunity to raise any concerns or have a brief chat about your experience at King’s.

The first clinic is being held on the Strand Campus at the Careers Centre, Level 1 of the Macadam Building on March 11, 2015 from 12.30 to 14.00.

This session will provide an opportunity for you to discuss any issues you might have or concerns about your experience at King’s with the following people:

  • President & Principal – Professor Edward Byrne
  • Vice-Principal (Education) – Professor Karen O’Brien
  • Director of Student Services – Chris Shelley
  • President of KCLSU – Sebastiaan Debrouwere

The clinic will be run on a first come, first served basis, and you will be allocated an appointment on arrival. Refreshments will be available at the event.

Further sessions will run in each faculty over the next 13 months. This will be a chance for students to showcase their work and have a half hour Q&A session with the Principal and Karen O’Brien.