International Postgraduates: Cultural adjustment – experiencing difference and negotiating identity

Would you find it helpful to explore, in a supportive group, the cultural challenges you have experienced while studying and living in the UK?

The Counselling Service and International Student Advice are offering a short-term therapeutic group in which to explore the cultural challenges of being an international postgraduate student at King’s. This will take place in a series of five, 1.5 hour interactive, small-group sessions for international postgraduate research students. The first group sessions will take place in May/June 2017.

These supportive and focused sessions will allow you explore issues which may have personally impacted you, while you have been living in the UK, including:

  • Practical and emotional challenges of living in a foreign country away from home
  • Social isolation
  • Cultural adjustment – experiencing difference and negotiating identity
  • Experience of barriers to integration to the UK

These session will offer a supportive, confidential and respectful space in which to share your experiences and stories. The group also offers an opportunity to further develop your intercultural competence through reflection and discussion.

To register interest, please contact by the 30th of April.



‘Thriving, not surviving’ – King’s Community Lecture Series

New initiative open to both staff and students on the importance of well-being

Thriving not surviving


Date: Friday, 31 March 2017
Time: 18:30 – 19:30, plus a drinks reception in Chapters after the lecture
Location: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand campus



The King’s ‘Thriving, not surviving’ lecture series is a new initiative which aims to highlight the importance of your own well-being and to help you thrive in doing whatever it is you do!

The first lecture is all about the importance of managing your energy and how a few simple changes can help lower stress, increase your happiness and enhance your overall wellbeing.

Please visit the Eventbrite page to book a ticket, and to learn more about the ‘Thriving, not surviving’ lecture series, visit the intranet page.


Launch of King’s Wellbeing

Hello everyone! We are King’s Wellbeing and we are delighted to have launched on the 8th of February with five weeks of outreach activities and interactive workshops on all campuses.  Each week is dedicated to one aspect of the King’s Way to Wellbeing:

The King’s Way to Wellbeing

K Keep Moving Feb 8th - 12th Waterloo and Guy’s
I Invest in Relationships Feb 15th-19th Guy’s
N Never Stop Learning Feb 22nd – 26th  Strand and Guy’s
G Give to Others Feb 29th – March 4th Strand and Waterloo
S Savour the Moment March 7th – 11th Denmark Hill

Our aim is simple: to support you to develop the skills to go through university, and life, as happily and healthily as possible and to reach your potential.  To help you on your way, the service offers drop-ins, one-to-one coaching, workshops and wellbeing-related events throughout the academic year.

For more information, check out our website at and twitter @kingswellbeing.

Please look out for us around campus over the coming weeks and do come and say hello!

Take Time Out ‘Winter Wellbeing’ campaign

Take Time Out Winter WellbeingDuring the week commencing Monday 16th November (Monday to Friday), King’s College London will be launching it’s Take Time Out ‘Winter Wellbeing’ campaign.

As the name suggests the whole campaign is around ensuring your Winter Wellbeing, with the key messages being:

  • Reducing your risk to colds/flu
  • Staying Active
  • Eating your 5 a day
  • Overcoming Winter Blues
  • Promoting our Student Support Services available

Promotion of these messages will take place at Take Time Out locations on campus, with hub spaces featuring:

  • Give-aways including free hand gel, tissues and lip balms, designed to encourage good habits and hygiene, and keep colds and flu at bay whilst studying/researching.
  • Themed wellbeing areas that include smoothie-bikes and SAD lamps at the Guy’s and Strand campuses, reinforcing healthy eating and activity during winter months.
  • Free ‘in chair’ massage stands during the final two days of the campaign.
  • Information points with bite size printed health & wellbeing flyers and support service signposting.
  • A selection of tickets to Sommerset House ice skating sessions.
  • BeActive promotion with activities such as table tennis, Wii fit, and free trial membership passes, designed to promote activity and regular recreational social sport.
  • Redeemable coupons for free vegetable soup from King’s Food

The campaign will run concurrently at the Strand, Guy’s, Waterloo and Denmark Hill Campuses so please keep your eye out for it! While the campaign is predominantly student focussed we are more than happy for staff to come and say hello and to ensure they look after their wellbeing too!

Student Researcher Opportunity


Mind has identified that students are at high risk of developing mental health problems,
and have developed an app that aims to improve the wellbeing and resilience of students.

They are launching a beta version of the app at the beginning of the 2015 / 2016 academic
year in two pilot universities: Bournemouth and King’s College London. Mind’s Research
and Evaluation team are conducting research to understand users’ experience of the app
and its impact on their mental health.

They are looking to recruit 4 student researchers (2 from each university) with experience of mental health problems, either personally or through a close relative or friend, to join the research team.

More information about the role can be found below. Click on each image to enlarge.

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Love Cricket? Play for the KCLA Cricket Club

FThe KCLA Cricket Club is looking for new postgraduate players (men or women) to join the club. Open to alumni, staff and postgrads, all standards are welcome, so whether you are experienced or someone new to the game, it is a great opportunity to play some cricket in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

We play 35-over friendly matches along with some T20 games on Wednesday afternoons throughout the summer from April to September against a variety of oppositions, including typically UCL, LSE, Goldsmith’s, Thames Valley University, some civil service teams and other cricket clubs.

35-over fixtures start at 2pm, whilst T20s start at 6.30pm. Home games are played at the LSE Sportsground, Windsor Ave, KT3 5HB (next to the KCL New Malden Sportsground, and minutes from Berrylands station).

Further details of matches and practice sessions can be obtained by contacting Michael Gabbay or by joining the cricket mailing list.

We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!

If you are interested in getting involved further staff or postgraduate sport, please take a look at the community club webpages – here – for information about the various sports teams.