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.

3 Minute Thesis

Could you explain your thesis in three minutes?

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis is a competition open to any King’s student currently studying for a PhD or other doctorate (including pre-upgrade).

The rules are simple: explain your research (or an aspect of it) to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound or moving images allowed; no poems, raps, songs or mimes. Only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges.

A series of heats will be held during May with two winning contestants from each heat going forwards to the King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final. The winner of the Grand Final will be invited to represent the College at the 2016 UK 3 Minute Thesis National Semi-Finals.

You can book your place on one of the heats via Skills Forge. The course code is PGR600 “3 Minute Thesis Heats”. Places will be strictly limited to 20 for each heat.

The dates of each heat are:

(All 2-4pm unless stated)

  • Tuesday 3 May, Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
  • Thursday 5 May, S.-2.08, Strand Campus
  • Tuesday 10 May, Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
  • Tuesday 17 May, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus
  • Grand Final: Thursday 9 June 3-5pm Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus.

For more background to the competition visit the link here.

Any questions? Email: ross.english@kcl.ac.uk.

Supervisory Excellence Awards Results

The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Supervisory Excellence Awards (SEA) 2015/16:

Faculty Winning Supervisor
Faculty of Arts & Humanities Professor Magnus Ryner
Dental Institute Professor Abigail Tucker & Professor Gordon Proctor (Joint Winners)
The Dickson Poon School of Law Professor David Nelken
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Dr Joseph Bateman
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Professor Maddy Parsons
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Professor Maribel Fernandez
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Professor Christine Norton
Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Professor Nick Drake

The overall King’s Supervisory Excellence Award goes to Professor Maddy Parsons from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

Successful supervisors will receive a certificate and a nominal financial award which will be paid into their respective university research accounts, and they will also have the chance to receive recognition of their achievement at a Graduation Ceremony.

If you would like to hear what each supervisor had to say about their approach to supervision please click here to access details of their statements.

For information about previous winners of the SEA, please click here.

About the Award
Each year the Graduate School awards Supervisory Excellence Awards designed to recognise and reward postgraduate supervisors for the outstanding supervision and support that they offer to research students at King’s College London.

The key criteria in selecting winners from the nominees are that they demonstrate innovation in their thinking or practice and that they support the personal development of their students towards their chosen career goal. We also expect to see evidence that the supervisor has ‘gone the extra mile’ for their students.

Web App Consultancy Project, Researcher Development Unit – King’s College London

The Researcher Development Unit at King’s College London provides training and development opportunities for PhDs and research staff across King’s. The RDU is to run a campaign with the working title ‘#do1thing’ to encourage PGRs and research staff to up one of the numerous opportunities available to them at King’s. The development of a web application (or responsive website) is a key element of this campaign.

The RDU requires a PhD consultant to take the brief and ideas produced by the client, and develop the web application through all stages of the development life cycle (i.e. from analysis / design, development, launch and maintenance). The consultant will be expected to give creative contributions in the generation of ideas for the look and feel, and the functionality of the application, and to develop the brief from constructive feedback received. This project will be run through the King’s Research Consultancy.

The project is expected to run for 15 days over an 8 month period. The consultant will be paid £125 per day. For more information and to apply, please click here, and if you have any questions please contact the team via careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 1376. The deadline for application has been extended to Wednesday 13 April.

KAS Energy Security Fellowship 2016/17

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation funds a 12-month research stay for a European Union (EU) resident research Fellow at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London. The Fellowship includes a stipend of £29,326, which will pay a monthly stipend of £1,954 for the fellow, university fees and a conference and travel allowance.

The topic of this year’s Fellowship is “The Paris Climate Agreement: Implications for the Global Energy Industry”

The application deadline is on 1. June 2016.

More information on this opportunity can be found here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/research/groups/eucers/scholarships.aspx.

The Francis Crick Institute Four Year PhD Studentships 2016

The Francis Crick Institute are looking for 45 exceptional students to join their four year Crick PhD Programme starting in September 2016.

The application deadline is 12 noon GMT Wednesday 11th Nov 2015.

Please click on the image below for more information.

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Using technology to achieve the incredible: Simon Wheatcroft my life as a blind ultra runner

Get inspired and make your communications more accessible!
Simon Wheatcroft lost his sight at 17 and began a journey of adapting technology to achieve the impossible. Through the aid of a smartphone and the feeling underfoot Simon learnt to run solo outdoors and ran his first ever race 7 months later – a 100 mile road race. He recently ran from Boston to New York and then completed the marathon. All of this has been made by possible by accessible websites and adaptive technology. Simon has recently given talks at Google, Wired and has runs his own blog at: www.andadapt.com.

On Tuesday 19 May 2015 Simon will visit King’s to talk about his achievements as part of our first accessibility afternoon. Come along to hear Simon speak and then hear from two other experts who will talk about how we can make our communications more accessible and effective:

Barry Sawyer, of BDS Communications, will deliver a mini-workshop on improving your printed materials. Bring along copies of your leaflets, prospectuses and other materials. Barry is an authority on the communication needs and challenges of disabled people. He has over twenty years experience working with organisations both in the private and public sector as well as charities to ensure their communications are accessible and comply with current disability legislation including the Public Sector Equality Duty. Recent projects include working with Public Health England, BBC, The Electoral Commission and Jobcentre Plus.

Yvonne Guobadia, a web-accessibility consultant, will run a ‘top ten tips’ workshop to help colleagues begin to change their websites for the better.  Please bring along your device and Contensis log in details.

Click here for the agenda and to book your place.

Please note that this event is open to King’s College London staff and students only.

Do you have questions about Using technology to achieve the incredible: Simon Wheatcroft my life as a blind ultra runner? Contact King’s College London

Athena SWAN successes across the Health Faculties

This month three faculties: the Dental Institute, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery have been conferred Athena SWAN Silver awards by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). A further four Divisions in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have been granted Bronze awards.

The Divisions: Cancer Studies, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, Health & Social Care Research, and the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics join the five existing award holders in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine that received awards last April.

The awards recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics) subjects.

The faculties who received Silver awards carry out a range of impactful activities that support gender equality for both staff and students. Some of the activities for postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff include:

In Nursing & Midwifery, male staff and student ambassadors are encouraged to participate in recruitment events and outreach activities. The Faculty has seen an increase in male students on PGT pre-registration programmes by 5% since 2010/11. Read the full Athena SWAN Silver application here.

At the IoPPN, the submission noted initiatives such as a PGR parenting network launched in 2014, and a post-doc network to help staff with making the transition to lecturer posts. Read the full Athena SWAN Silver application here.

In the Dental Institute, online promotion of work by women researchers through their Women in Science campaign, is used to celebrate success internally and to make the Dental Institute more attractive to female job applicants. Read the full Athena SWAN Silver application here.

To achieve Athena SWAN awards, applicants sign up to the Athena SWAN Charter and undertake a thorough self-assessment of their practices, and develop measurable action plans to further good practice and address areas for improvement within three years.

The ECU commented that: ‘It is the highest number of awards [across the country] presented to date, with the success rate increasing in this round’.

Throughout 2015 and 2016 Health departments across the university that do not currently hold an award, or which hold a Bronze award, will continue to work towards progressing to Silver status.

Should I do a PhD?

While studying for your postgraduate degree, you may be considering whether or not a PhD would be a suitable next step for your career. With many prospective students asking the same question, King’s PhD student Heather Williams decided to bring a panel of speakers together to help students make this important decision.

The speakers included Maryyum Mehmood, a second-year PhD student; Monica Allen, special advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister; Dr Birthe Anders, a lecturer in War Studies; and Heather herself. This article summarises their key advice: Continue reading