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.’

King’s Research Consultancy – new project

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 post-upgrade 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.

Book some time with the King’s resident Mentor!

The King’s Student Entrepreneurship Institute resident mentor Abhishek Garodia, founder of PlayEnable, will be mentoring at Guy’s Campus every Wednesday from Wednesday 29th April – 1st July 2015.

Book your slot with him here.

If you have any questions, contact the Student Entrepreneurship Institute via: innovation@kcl.ac.uk.

Grants for department Widening Participation activity

The WP Grant scheme is inviting bids for £2,000-£10,000 for departments and individuals to deliver widening participation initiatives in 2015/16. The scheme provides support to widening participation initiatives using the expertise of King’s staff. It provides funding to activities that can demonstrate ability to contribute to the university’s widening participation strategy and aims. In addition to financial support, bid holders will receive support from the Widening Participation Department to deliver activity, including support with evaluation, engaging schools and young people and space for activity on campus. Bids could include outreach activity with young people, events for schools, teachers and advisors or support for students on-course at King’s.

The scheme is being launched at an afternoon conference in the Great Hall on Friday 1 May, 12:00 to 15:30: Anyone interested in finding out more can book their place at the Working with Schools & Colleges Conference Eventbrite page.

Applications open online from 1 May 2015 and close on Friday 19 June 2015.

Further information and a link to the application form is available from Ruth Squire in the Widening Participation Department (ruth.squire@kcl.ac.uk).

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.