Being an unconventional entrepreneur: start your journey

We are delighted to invite you to the next Enterprise Connect evening:

Being an unconventional entrepreneur

Come and hear successful unconventional entrepreneurs share their stories. Our speakers are proof that any one of us can be entrepreneurial.

The evening will be hosted by Professor Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal of King’s College London, who will be speaking with the entreprenurs below.

Heston Marc Blumenthal OBE
Chef and proprietor of The Fat Duck

Jo Malone MBE
British Perfumer and founder of Jo Loves and Jo Malone London

Joe Wicks
Founder of The Body Coach, fitness instructor, nutritionist and author of Lean in 15

Philip Källberg and Felix Bråberg
King’s Incubate suppoorted venture and co-founders of EatAbout

After the seminar there will be a networking reception, with canapes and drinks, as well as our Venture Hub where you can participate in interactive group discussions and obtain advice & guidance from our expert mentors. The mentors will be covering topics in line with the theme of the evening and giving hands on feedback. You will also have an opportunity to meet King’s students and alumni at the Venture Hub, where the King’s entrepreneurs will be showcasing their start-ups, sharing their experiences and looking to expand their network.


Please see the event schedule* below:

18:00 – 18:20 Registration
18:30 – 19:20 Interviews between The Principal and guest entrepreneurs
19:25 – 19:35 Entrepreneur Q&A session
19:35 – 21:00 Networking reception

The Franklin-Wilkins Building is located on Stamford Street, this a five minute walk from Waterloo Station. Map of the area. There is also step free access to the building; for further accessibility information please click here: Accessibility Information. All other inquiries should be directed toward

Official hashtag: #econnectors
Spread the word and share your progress: @InnovateKings

Click here to get your ticket

3 Minute Thesis

Could you explain your thesis in three minutes?

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis is a competition open to any King’s student currently studying for a PhD or other doctorate (including pre-upgrade).

The rules are simple: explain your research (or an aspect of it) to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound or moving images allowed; no poems, raps, songs or mimes. Only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges.

A series of heats will be held during May with two winning contestants from each heat going forwards to the King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final. The winner of the Grand Final will be invited to represent the College at the 2016 UK 3 Minute Thesis National Semi-Finals.

You can book your place on one of the heats via Skills Forge. The course code is PGR600 “3 Minute Thesis Heats”. Places will be strictly limited to 20 for each heat.

The dates of each heat are:

(All 2-4pm unless stated)

  • Tuesday 3 May, Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
  • Thursday 5 May, S.-2.08, Strand Campus
  • Tuesday 10 May, Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
  • Tuesday 17 May, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus
  • Grand Final: Thursday 9 June 3-5pm Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus.

For more background to the competition visit the link here.

Any questions? Email:

Cumberland Lodge Conference Opportunity

‘Life beyond the PhD’
Windsor 30 Aug – 2 Sept 2016
Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

The Graduate School is pleased to offer fully-funded places for two PhD student to attend this year’s ‘Life beyond the PhD’, Cumberland Lodge conference.

Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity, is organising its 9th residential conference to give PhD students from all disciplines the opportunity to hear doctoral graduates recount the life decisions they made after their PhDs, as well as hearing from experts in higher education policy, communication, career development and impact. Here you can exchange ideas, practices, experiences and aspirations.

The key to the event is that students are shown that PhDs have demonstrable value both inside and outside academia, and the support networks established by these events have proved to be invaluable whatever the future holds.

Participants will be also expected to give a 10 minute presentation on their research pitched at non-specialists.

The Graduate School will cover the conference fees, all accommodation (in shared rooms), and any reasonable travel expenses to and from London.

If you are interested in attending this conference and would like to apply for a funded place supported by the Graduate School, please email us a brief justification (200 words maximum) for your proposed attendance at, with the subject title ‘Cumberland Lodge’, by the deadline of 5pm, 27 May 2016. The justification should explain how you think you would benefit from attending the conference and presenting a paper.

For full details about the conference, please click here

Supervisory Excellence Awards Results

The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Supervisory Excellence Awards (SEA) 2015/16:

Faculty Winning Supervisor
Faculty of Arts & Humanities Professor Magnus Ryner
Dental Institute Professor Abigail Tucker & Professor Gordon Proctor (Joint Winners)
The Dickson Poon School of Law Professor David Nelken
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Dr Joseph Bateman
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Professor Maddy Parsons
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Professor Maribel Fernandez
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Professor Christine Norton
Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Professor Nick Drake

The overall King’s Supervisory Excellence Award goes to Professor Maddy Parsons from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

Successful supervisors will receive a certificate and a nominal financial award which will be paid into their respective university research accounts, and they will also have the chance to receive recognition of their achievement at a Graduation Ceremony.

If you would like to hear what each supervisor had to say about their approach to supervision please click here to access details of their statements.

For information about previous winners of the SEA, please click here.

About the Award
Each year the Graduate School awards Supervisory Excellence Awards designed to recognise and reward postgraduate supervisors for the outstanding supervision and support that they offer to research students at King’s College London.

The key criteria in selecting winners from the nominees are that they demonstrate innovation in their thinking or practice and that they support the personal development of their students towards their chosen career goal. We also expect to see evidence that the supervisor has ‘gone the extra mile’ for their students.

Web Application Consultancy project extended deadline

The Researcher Development Unit has reopened applications for a PhD student to work on an exciting project to develop a web application to consolidate the range of opportunities available to PGRs and research staff across King’s. The consultant will be expected to give creative contributions in the generation of ideas for the look and feel, and the functionality of the application, and to develop the brief from constructive feedback received. This project will be run through the King’s Research Consultancy.

The project is expected to run for 15 days over an 8 month period. The consultant will be paid £125 per day. For more information please click here, and to apply please send an expression of interest to by COP on Friday 15th April. If you have any questions, please contact or 020 7848 1376.