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