The Brilliant Club

Introduction to The Brilliant Club: A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for researchers at KCL in 2013/14

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low-participation rate in higher education.

Over the course of the last academic year we have placed over 150 researchers in low participation schools in London, the South East and the West Midlands, where they have worked with around 3000 pupils. We are now recruiting tutors for the academic year 2013/14 when we will run an individual placement in each term, where tutors will work with a different age group. The completion of three placements (these do not need to be delivered consecutively, or in the same academic year) will lead to researchers becoming Advanced Skills Tutors, but tutors can deliver as little as one placement.

We will be holding information events to introduce The Brilliant Club at KCL on the following dates:

  • Monday 30th September 2013, Room F-WB Classroom 3.52, 3rd Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus at 2pm – 3pm
  • Monday 6th January 2014, Room F-WB Classroom G.79, Ground Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus at 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 27th March 2014, Room F-WB Classroom 1.70, 1st Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus at 11am – 12pm

If you would like to find out more, please just turn up! You do not need to book a place.

In addition to earning up to £1500 a year, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials based on their own research and the opportunity to disseminate it to a non-expert audience (at KS4 and KS5). Last year’s programmes varied from ‘Curing Cancer with Sound Bullets’ to ‘Charles Dickens and the Victorian Ghost Story’. They will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor please find further information and an application form on our website, www.thebrilliantclub.org, and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to Dr Mary Henes at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Understanding Uncertainty in Environmental Modelling

UncertaintyEnvModelling

Workshop for early-career researchers (PhD students, postdocs) in environmental modelling and simulation disciplines.

This workshop presents an overview of key stages in the modelling process: development, evaluation, practical use, and communication of results. Interactive discussion sessions and exercises will help participants explore concepts presented in the lectures and relate these to their own research. Themes include:

• Evaluating model performance;
• Statistical inference from ensembles of models;
• Why good statistics is not enough;
• What do decision-­‐makers want? What can environmental modellers provide?
• Effective dissemination of uncertain forecasts.

Speakers include: Leonard Smith, David Stainforth, Emma Suckling, Erica Thompson, Elizabeth Stephens (Reading), Lindsay Lee (Leeds).

See website for further details and to apply for a place: http://www.lse.ac.uk/CATS/Events/NERC-Understanding-Uncertainty-in-Environmental-Modelling.aspx

Deadline for applications: November 15th 2013

This workshop is part of the NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Programme. NERC-­funded applicants will be given priority, but the workshop is open (and free) to all.

Partnership Grants for Research Visits 2013-14

Partnership Grant will once again be available during the 2013-14 academic year and offer opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral researchers to undertake a short period of research or work on a particular project that helps sustain and develop partnerships with the international universities that are Strategic Partners of the College. The level of funding that will be awarded is designed to cover travel costs and make a contribution toward subsistence at the partner institution. It is anticipated that no award will be for more than £2,000.

For information on how to apply, what money is available and to find out if you are eligible for the Partnership Grant, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/study/abroad/discover/money/partnergrant.aspx

For further information on the Strategic Partners, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/partners/index.aspx

Applications can be submitted throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The remaining 2014 deadlines are now confirmed as 1st April, 1st July and 7th October.

King’s College London shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013

THEA13 shortlistNow in their ninth year, the Times Higher Education Awards represent a unique and high-profile opportunity to celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of UK higher education institutions.

The shortlisted candidates for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013 have now been unveiled and we are delighted that King’s College London has been shortlisted for a THE Award in the ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ category.

The project shortlisted is entitled “Train the Trainers – developing the teaching and training skills of postdoctoral researchers” and aims to harness the skills and experience of our postdoc community by training and mentoring them to deliver personal and professional skills development sessions to PhD students. The project also aims to enhance the career prospects of our postdocs by enabling them to develop teaching and training skills which are necessary for progression into an academic career. The project runs annually and there will be an opportunity for most postdocs to be trained in Spring 2014.

This project is part of the portfolio of work done by the Researcher Development Unit based in the Graduate School at King’s. The Researcher Development Unit’s mission is to provide high quality personal, professional and career development for all researchers at King’s, in line with the policies from funders, the QAA and the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers. The work done by the RDU with post-docs has also been recognised by the award of the HR Excellence in Research badge.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 28 November 2013.

http://www.the-awards.co.uk/the2013/shortlist

How to get your Graduate School sponsored place at this year’s NatureJobs Careers Expo

As we mentioned in our post on the 22nd of August the Graduate School will be sponsoring 60 places worth £50 for King’s research staff and PhD students to attend the NatureJobs Career Expo for FREE! The event takes place on Thursday, 19th September 2013 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

In order to be eligible for one of the sponsored conference tickets, you must attend the NatureJobs Careers Expo Preparation Webinar – see below for full details, including how to register.  The webinar will cover a range of topics, including details of how to get one of the sponsored tickets.  Sponsored tickets are strictly limited to 60 and will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis to those researchers who have viewed the webinar and followed the simple registration procedure described.

Participation in the NJCE preparation webinar is a condition of receiving a sponsored ticket.

The Graduate School has organised a preparation webinar on Tuesday, 10th September, 10:00 – 11:00 am for King’s researchers who would like to attend the NatureJobs Careers Expo, with advice on how to get the most out of the Careers Expo, including:

  • Getting the best from the exhibition – how best to present yourself to potential employers and how to prepare your CV.
  • Getting the best from the conference – how the conference works and choosing your sessions wisely.
  • Getting a sponsored ticket for the conference – details of how to get one of the 60 sponsored tickets.

Speakers include Kate Murray, Careers Adviser for postgraduate research students and research staff at KCL and Peter Crook from NatureJobs.

To register for the webinar please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1647962674164681984  Webinar ID: 153-641-323

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note that you will need to be able to hear the webinar using speakers or headphones, you will not be able to speak so you will not need a microphone/ telephone.  You will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions by typing your questions/ comments using the messaging feature.

If you are unable to attend at this time, a recorded version of the webinar will be available to view on KEATS. The recording will be available after the webinar has been run and will be accessible through KEATS on the following page: http://keats.kcl.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=502632

If you are unable to get one of the sponsored tickets, any King’s researcher can use the discount code “KCL131D” when prompted during the registration process to get your tickets for £40 instead of £50: http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/njce2013/registration.html