Student Digital Experience Tracker

The tracker is a short survey to gather students’ expectations and experiences of technology at King’s College London. The results will inform activities and decisions about the digital provision and feed into work on enhancing digital education at King’s College London.

Help us improve your digital experience by completing the survey at https://jisc-beta.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/he-kings-college-london-tracker-2016-17

The Survey is being run by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at King’s College London, in association with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). More information can be found at www.kcl.ac.uk/sdet

 Student Digital Experience Tracker

PTES Survey 2016

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, is an annual national survey and give King’s Masters’ students an opportunity to share their experience at King’s.

The survey opens on Thursday 17 March 2016 and ends on Thursday 16 June.

If you are a King’s Master’s student, you will receive an email to your university email inbox with a unique link, inviting you to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous.

Students are asked to feedback on six key areas: Teaching & Learning, Engagement, Assessment & Feedback, Organisation & Management, Resources & Services and Skills Development. You will also be invited to give feedback on dissertation or major project management and work placements if these form part of your study experience at King’s.

Student feedback will be used to inform both short-term changes and medium-term developments designed to benefit the postgraduate taught student community at King’s. The results of PTES are not made public but individual faculties and directorates review the results, and implement action plans in collaboration with the university.

Completing the survey can help us improve the student experience by reinforcing practice that is working and addressing areas that need to be improved.

Information about the results of the 2015 survey and examples of action taken in response can be found on the university’s PTES web page

Students who complete the survey are automatically entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win one of five £50 Love2Shops vouchers.

For any further information please contact studentsurveys@kcl.ac.uk during the survey period.

Research Consultant Vacancy, Researcher Development Unit

King’s College London’s Researcher Development Unit – based in the Graduate School – organises around 300 workshops each year open to research students and staff. As part of our commitment to ensuring high quality training we are looking to improve the way we evaluate the impact of these workshops.

At present, every workshop is evaluated by means of a questionnaire completed by each participant at the end of the session and returned to the facilitator. While this method provides useful information, we are aware of the limitations of such an approach in terms of assessing the longer term impact of our training.

We are seeking a consultant who can work with us to design and implement a pilot project which would evaluate a select number of workshops using online survey tools. It is anticipated that the impact of each workshop would be assessed twice – once soon after the session and, again, six months later – however the consultant would be expected to make recommendations as to the exact nature of the process.

The consultant will be asked to design the evaluation surveys, build them on an online platform such as Survey Monkey, send out the survey to participants, analyse the data and write a report on the findings in relation to each workshop evaluated and on the overall effectiveness of the pilot.

The consultant will be expected to contribute their own ideas as to the best way forward at every stage of the process.

Person Specification

  • You must be a post upgrade PhD student at King’s College London to register and apply to this consultancy project
  • Experience of survey design
  • Basic understanding of statistics
  • Able to use SPSS
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

The closing deadline for applications is 23:59 on Tuesday 8 March 2016. Applications are to be submitted online via the link below.

The link for applying, as well as further information about the consulting role, is available here.

BME Student Survey

Don’t forget there’s still a chance to contribute to the Student Race Equality Survey.  The survey, which supports King’s participation in the Race Equality Charter Mark, aims to gather views on studying at King’s, with the objective of generating results that will not only benefit our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and students but the whole King’s community.

The survey will close on Friday 14 November and can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/studentraceequality

Do you know any research staff who have moved out of academia?

The Vitae ‘What do research staff do next?’ project explores what research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research fellows, etc.) do after they leave university and how they make this transition.

This European project explores the career transitions of former research staff who have moved into other occupations. It will reveal the tipping points in their careers, understand their decision-making processes and explore their experiences and reflections of their career paths. The survey results will provide an invaluable insight into potential employment opportunities for researchers who are considering moving out of higher education. Continue reading

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2014 – Reminder

Have you had your say?

Students who haven’t yet had the chance to complete the 2014 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) are encouraged to do so before it closes. Your feedback is kept confidential and anonymous and will help shape future developments for postgraduate taught (PGT) students at the College.

Who is eligible?
All PGT students except those on standalone modules are invited to take part (including first, second and third year part time students and distance learners).

How long will PTES be open?
The PTES 2014 opened on Friday 21 March and closes on Thursday 19 June.

How do I access the PTES?
You should have received an email invitation directly to your King’s email address, with details of your login name and password.

What should I do if I have not received an invite?
Please contact Dr Kim Wolff (kim.wolff@kcl.ac.uk), College Head of Postgraduate Education, if you have any concerns about not receiving an invite.

What should I do if I cannot log in to complete the PTES?
Please contact Paula Webster (paula.webster@kcl.ac.uk) in Academic Services if you have any difficulties logging in to the survey.

Understanding the use of Books & Monographs by Researchers in the Humanities & Social Sciences

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.

No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Please spare 10-15 minutes to participate, and to help the researchers understand what you want as both authors and readers of books.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K96XZD5

If you have any questions, please contact the survey researcher, Ellen Collins, on ellen.collins@researchinfonet.org.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2014

An online questionnaire open to all students on taught postgraduate programmes

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) gives you an unprecedented opportunity to have your say about studying at King’s, both the areas of strength and your views on how improvements can be made. The information you provide is taken very seriously and considered at the highest level.

As a result of feedback from students in previous years we have:

  • extended library opening hours
  • increased the book budget by £750,000
  • established a ‘student voice’ strategy to encourage student representation on all programmes.

Your feedback is kept confidential and anonymous and the survey should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

The 2014 PTES opens on Friday 21 March – look out for an email sent to your King’s account inviting you to take part and providing your unique username and password.

Please take this opportunity to have your say.

AHRC and British Academy study on researchers post-PhD

Do you have a doctorate? Are looking to develop a career in the academic sector?

The AHRC and British Academy are supporting a study to understand the issues faced by individuals in the period immediately following the award of their doctorate as they begin to establish their careers.

If you are interested in sharing your views then please take part in this survey www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ECRsurvey (opens in new window).

Your views and experience are important in building a robust picture of the challenges faced and the support received and needed to develop your career and make career choices.

For further details, please go to: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/AHRC-and-British-Academy-Post-PhD-Study.aspx 

World Questions | Lion’s Den Answers – Survey

The King’s Business & Innovation Team are running a mini-survey to gauge interest in the 2013/14 World Questions | Lion’s Den Answers enterprise competition for Social Entrepreneurs. They would really appreciate your feedback, it takes less than a minute to complete and can be found here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/28K85F9

You can find out more about the 2013/14 competition here.