*CANCELLED* March 20th seminar with Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter “Human germline gene editing as embodied intergenerational practice”

Due to the UCU strike on 20 March 2018, we regret to inform you that the seminar with Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter has been cancelled.

Congratulations to Ageing & Society alumna Megan Acton for being appointed Project Officer for the International Federation on Ageing in Toronto!

GHSM alumna Megan Acton

Megan Acton, who graduated last month with an MA in Ageing and Society has just been appointed as Project Officer for the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), based in Toronto. The IFA’s vision is a ‘world of healthy people whose rights are both protected and respected.’ The Project Officer position plays a central role in working with individuals, organizations and academia across the globe by supporting their engagement to promote programs, services and policy to improve the quality of life of older people.

Megan said that her master’s degree at King’s College London immensely allowed her to gain this role, due to the multidisciplinary taught courses, dissertation on age-friendly cities (supervised by Professor Anthea Tinker), and internship module for Public Health England’s Older People Team. She looks forward to beginning her role as a Project Officer for the IFA and is thankful her experience at King’s College London has helped to get her there.

For info about the Ageing & Society MA click here:


GHSM Alumni Talk: Announcing Valentine’s Day Edition!

Blog post by Katya Baker, Student Experience Officer, School of Global Affairs

image003We have six wonderful speakers joining us this Valentine’s Day, and they’re here to talk about what they’re doing now and how they got there, and to answer your questions:

 Should you do more study after graduation, or go straight into work? Does your dissertation really matter, can it shape your career prospects? Is a graduate scheme worth it? Can you work whilst studying? What’s the point of doing an unpaid internship? When should you start applying for jobs for after graduation? Should you do a PhD? Can you still get a job or into graduate school without a first? How do you find a job, where do you even begin to look? Charity vs commercial vs public sector? Is getting work experience earlier better, when should you start? And, have you used anything you learnt?!

Here are our speakers, ready to tackle all those queries:

Lydia Joiner, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BSc, who is a successful candidate of the Civil Service Fast Stream and currently working for the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Lydia swooped the awards at graduation for top marks and also for best dissertation – an ethnographical study in Liberia, where she spent six weeks and came back with 80,000 words worth of field notes. Lydia worked and volunteered throughout her degree as a youth worker and as a “whatever charities need” worker.

Emma Maun, a graduate of the Ageing and Society MSc, has over a decade of international humanitarian work experience. Currently doing her MPhil and PhD in our department, Emma has previously worked for the British Red Cross (in South Asia), the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Burma and China) and the British Council. Emma has had a non-traditional path into postgraduate study, and actually worked for these incredible organisations before doing her masters!

Sumayya Allam, a graduate of the MSc in Gerontology, is currently working for the British Medical Association at a policy advice and support officer. Previously, she was with the Pensions Policy Institute as a policy researcher. Sumayya is an example of someone who went straight from their undergraduate, to their postgraduate, to a very cool and adult job as a researcher! She’ll be able to talk us through a more linear approach to a career plan.

Quitterie de la Villemarque, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BA, went straight into postgraduate study and is currently doing her masters in Social Policy and Development: NGOs (MSc) at the LSE. Quitterie worked during the summers at refugee camps: first in Morocco, and then twice in Greece. Working in Ritsona Refugee Camp with the NGO I AM YOU (who she still does advocacy work for) really informed the masters programme that she’s on.

 Kristin Clawson, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BA, is a successful candidate of the graduate scheme Charity Works, and through the scheme is currently working for Terence Higgins Trust. Through the degree Kristin also worked for the Patients Association as a policy, campaign and research intern. Kristin also completed the last year of the long distance, so if you’ve been thinking of moving out of London and don’t know how to balance that, she can talk you through it.

 Yu Ting Chen, a graduate of the Global Health and Social Medicine BSc, is our special guest! Currently working as a research assistant in the public health school of the National University of Singapore, Yu Ting has made us a video of what her work life is currently like, and she gives some wonderful and very candid advice. Yu Ting, as an international student, found it difficult to find work in the UK despite checking the boxes for grades and internships (for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Taiwanese National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) – in her video she talks through her experience of finding graduate employment, and gives some much needed sympathy to those in their last year of study!

 What makes it Valentine’s Day edition? There will be cakes, cookies and love hearts for you all! Come spend your afternoon with us, ask all the questions you like to email me (but this time to people who can answer them especially well!), and leave the event feeling hopeful and happy. Whilst not everyone’s programme of study could be represented by our speakers, I do hope that you attend anyway – they have a range of life and work experiences, lots of opinions, and do represent a variety of possible futures.

 The event should appear on your timetables soon, and in the meantime you can read up on the speakers and say you’re attending through this link:


New grant awarded to GHSM Professor Anthea Tinker in collaboration with LSHTM on ‘Growing old in a new town’

Addressing the needs of older people in relation to the places where they live is one of the urgent public health issues of our time. We are delighted to announce that Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine has obtained a collaborative London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/KCL grant  for a new project which will address this issue.  Her fellow PI is Professor Alex Mold of the LSHTM.

Professor Anthea Tinker

The new project, ‘Growing old in a new town’, will explore ageing in urban environments by focusing on how the health needs of older people are incorporated within the design and planning of ‘new’ towns. New towns were constructed across the UK during the post 1945 period to house overspill from London and other major urban areas.Much of the interest in this topic has looked to the future, but what can we learn from the past and the present?  Building on work that has considered the importance of whole town approaches, this project will consider what is peculiar about ‘new’ towns and ‘old’ people, and how this has changed over time and place.  This multifaceted issue requires a multidisciplinary approach. This project will analyse this topic from a historical, anthropological, sociological and geographical perspective.

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers from LSHTM and Kings includes a historian (Professor Alex Mold); a gerontologist (Professor Anthea Tinker); a geographer (Dr Clare Herrick, KCL); and an anthropologist (Dr Sarah Milton, LSHTM).  A shared mode of working that draws on our different disciplinary expertise will enable us to explore this urgent issue from a range of perspectives.

The grant is for 6 months and is for £14,930.60

For inquiries and to contact Professor Anthea Tinker: anthea.tinkerATkcl.ac.uk

Calling all junior and senior bioethicists! Abstracts wanted for IME 2018 Summer Conference Oxford June 19-20th

The Institute of Medical Ethics invites abstracts for its forthcoming conference in Oxford 19th and 20th June 2018. The conference is a two-day event, designed to give opportunities for academics, clinicians and students involved in biomedical ethics research and the medical humanities to present their current work.

The conference organisers welcome submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to bioethics, including medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, philosophy, social sciences, law, public policy and the medical humanities. In addition to submissions from established academics, early career researchers and healthcare professionals, we also encourage submissions from postgraduates and students who are intercalating in medical ethics or the medical humanities.

Formal contributions to the 2018 conference can take the form of posters, oral presentations or panel proposals. Single papers will have 25 minutes, to include questions. Panels will run for 75 minutes and should consist of two or three papers with sufficient time for audience discussion.

The abstract word limit is 300 words.

The abstract submission process is online and open at http://ime.datawareonline.co.uk/Abstract-Submission/My-Submissions

Submissions should be submitted by midnight:Wednesday 14th February 2018.

IME Research Committee: Dr Carwyn Hooper (Chair), Dr Lucy Frith (Deputy Chair), Rev Bryan Vernon, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr. Zoe Fritz, Dr Merryn Ekberg, Dr Silvia Camporesi, Ms Emma Nottingham, Prof Richard Huxtable, Dr Nathan Emmerich, Dr Tom Douglas and Dr Felicity Boardman.

If you have any questions about this conference write to:


GHSM student Meryem Cicek is Prize Winner for the Best Overall Submission for the King’s Experience Research Award

GHSM undergraduate student Meryem Cicek

GHSM congratulates our undergraduate student Meryem Cicek for her success winning the Prize for the Best Overall Submission for the King’s Experience Research Award! We hope that her experience (outlined below) will inspire other students to gain extra curricula work experience during their studies through the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships (KURF), internships or volunteering.

The following entry has been written by Meryem Cicek

I feel immensely excited and proud to have been awarded Prize Winner for the Best Overall Submission for the King’s Experience Research Award! I would like to share my experience in the hopes of inspiring and encouraging fellow peers and Departmental staff to further participate and foster the wonderful research culture in our Department!

What is the King’s Experience Research Award?

The King’s Experience Research Award is one of many King’s Experience Awards that are on offer for students to achieve. They are given for learning that is undertaken outside the formal curriculum, which can be based on experiential learning or undertaking additional learning. The awards require applicants to demonstrate experiential learning through supported reflection and to submit an assessment of their choice. The King’s Experience Awards are recognised and rewarded by the University and are displayed on degree transcripts as co-curricular achievements. The Research Award is awarded to students who show outstanding ability to present learning outcomes and reflect on research work. This can be achieved through independent research work or the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships (KURF) scheme, which gives undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn and be involved in contributing to cutting-edge research alongside leading academics during the summer.

I enrolled onto the Awards through the KURF scheme, by applying and being accepted onto working on a research project with Dr Hanna Kienzler from the Global Health and Social Medicine Department, in the summer of 2017. I took on the role of Undergraduate Research Assistant for the research project ‘Support and Independence within the Community’. This study is an ethnographic study of the mental health landscapes in the West Bank of occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), Ghana, and England. As well as investigating the available mental healthcare infrastructure and community-based support services, this research aims to understand the socio-cultural and political factors that affect the way in which mental health is understood and how it is dealt with in different community settings. The project also explores the rights of persons with mental health from a social justice and legal perspective. It is part of larger 5-year interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust called ‘Mental Health and Justice’, which, broadly-speaking, explores the concept of ‘decision-making capacity’ of persons with mental health disorders from different disciplinary perspectives.

My fellowship entailed working on the research component for the West Bank of Palestine for one month in the summer. I had an enriching learning experience that was task-packed and novel for me in some respects; I was given the opportunity to hone my existing skills and to develop new ones in the process. Working with the support of Dr Kienzler, I produced a dynamic directory that maps all available ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support’ (MHPSS) service providers available in the West Bank. Upon collaborating with Dr Kienzler and our research team, I designed a comprehensive survey tool for assisting data collection through telephone interviews with participants. Additionally, I presented an effective project management tool to the research team, for which I produced a user guide and supported fellow colleagues with adapting the tool for optimal use. Furthermore, I attended research team meetings with colleagues from both our project and from the larger research initiative, which provided valuable insight into the workings of an interdisciplinary project.

It was an enriching experience working in a multidisciplinary team, and being part of a research project with an interdisciplinary focus. The most valuable aspect of this fellowship to me is that I now have experience in an area of my undergraduate studies, BSc Global Health and Social Medicine. As I am in the final year of my degree, and considering future career paths, this fellowship experience has shown academic research as a potential route for me. At present, I continue to contribute to this research study as Research Assistant.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank my supervisor Dr Hanna Kienzler for her support, guidance, and confidence in my abilities, throughout the fellowship period and beyond. I would also like to celebrate the fantastic opportunity that the organisers of the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships have provided. I couldn’t recommend undertaking the Research Award, or any of the other King’s Experience Awards enough! It is a unique opportunity to contribute to current academic research and knowledge production, while gaining valuable work experience – a fantastic way to enhance learning and employability. Indeed, this has been a very enriching personal and professional development journey for me!