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.