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 jennifer.raper@kcl.ac.uk by the 30th of April.

 

 

King’s PhD Students, King’s Widening Participation Department needs you!

King’s Widening Participation unit is seeking PhD students who would be interested in supervising an academic piece of work, produced by A-level pupils. We provide full support and a payment of £150 per student completing an assignment with your support. This is a great way to use your experience of university to help pupils in understanding and developing the skills necessary to be successful at a competitive university. In addition, this offers you an opportunity to work with young people and gain experience of supervising, marking and providing feedback on academic work close to undergraduate level.

This role requires you to be available in London for around 10 hours between May and September 2017 to meet with and provide feedback to your tutees.  Successful applicants will be expected to attend training on the 14th June, 2.30 – 5pm and attend the Launch event where you will meet your tutees on the 19th July, 5pm – 8pm.

Closing date for applications is the 8th May 2017. All details on how to apply and an application form can be found at the web link below:

https://podio.com/webforms/18123800/1217589

Widening participation is the opening up of the university to under-represented groups. Here at King’s College London we’re committed to finding the brightest minds regardless of their background and supporting them in accessing higher education. Widening participation is one of the eight strategic priorities for King’s College London. Each year we develop an fair access agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) that sets us clear benchmarks for our progress in supporting key groups. At King’s we believe a diverse study body enriches the education that we offer.

For further information on King’s Widening Participation, see the following website: www.kcl.ac.uk/study/widening-participation/about-us.aspx.

 

 

 

Postgraduate student parents: support, advice, and information

There are an increasing number of students with caring responsibilities attending College. The commitment and resilience required is not to be underestimated but for many the overall benefits to them and their families outweighs the pressures of juggling family and study.

Support for Families and Carers at King’s College London

The Family Society at King’s is a society for students with additional family responsibilities. It welcomes parents, carers, and those who have a more family oriented mind-set. Student parents can also seek advice on a wide range of financial and funding issues by contacting Student Advice Services. You can attend a drop-in or request an appointment with the Specialist Student Parent Advisor; please see the website for full details: www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/student-advice-support/how/parents/childcare.aspx.

KCL is committed to providing rest, breastfeeding/expressing, and changing facilities at all of our campuses. Find out more here: www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/parenting/rooms.aspx.

Family Accommodation

There are studios and flats available in university halls of residence, housing associations, and privately run halls that offer family accommodation, as well as private rented accommodation. Your choice depends on your budget and your personal preference. The Following links may be helpful in finding the right accommodation for you:

Funding and Postgraduate Loans

Home and EU* students starting a full or part-time master;s course after 1st August 2016 can apply for a Post-Graduate Loan. You may be able to borrow up to £10,000, paid in a series of installments, to cover fees and help with living costs. Eligibility depends on previous study of a post-graduate course, the type and length of the course as well as your age, nationality and residency status. You can find out more by visiting: www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

King’s College offers a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities for all students on both taught masters and research degrees which may contribute towards tuition fees, living costs, or both. Information and application details can be found at the Student Funding Office and Graduate Funding database:

Depending on your personal circumstances, you or your partner may be able to apply for additional, means tested government support. The Student Advice Team can advise on your eligibility for welfare benefits and help if you need to make a claim of challenge a decision. For an overview of the financial help available when having a baby and raising a child: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/having-a-baby. For further information see: www.gov.uk/benefits-calculator.

Further Support and Advice 

(*This information was correct as of March 2017)

 

 

Dedicated writing-up space for final year doctoral students

Are you currently writing-up your doctoral thesis full-time and in need of a dedicated desk space?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for a desk in the new ‘Doctoral Thesis Writing-Up’ room within the Maughan Library.

Successful students will be offered their own desk and locker within a designated quiet room for a period of 3 months.

To be eligible, you must be a registered doctoral student at King’s College London who either:

  • Has registered for writing-up status
  • Or, has submitted an RD1 examination entry form to the research degrees examinations office which has been approved (you must provide proof of approval)
  • Or, is currently undergoing corrections for thesis resubmission following examination (you must provide an examination report as proof)

The expectation is that you will be continuously writing-up your doctoral thesis and will use the space at least 3-4 days a week.

To apply you will need to complete an online application form and request a supporting statement from your supervisor. Four competitions will run during the year and the deadline for the next round is 15th April 2017. For full details, please visit: https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/student/grad-school/pgr/support/wupspace.aspx.

This scheme will run as a pilot during the year 2017 and is subject to review over the summer. If successful, there may be an opportunity to roll this out wider across the campuses. Space is limited and allocation will be offered on a needs basis.

 

LGBTQ+ Experiences of Doctoral Education

Are you a doctoral researcher who identifies, in some sense, as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender or Queer? We would like to hear about your experience.

What is the study about?

Researchers at Coventry University and King’s College London are undertaking a major research project examining the experiences, attitudes, and perceptions of LGBTQ+ doctoral students in UK Higher Education institutions. The project aims to help the Higher Education sector better understand any issues or challenges faced by LGBTQ+ doctoral students and how they can be more effectively supported. Your input to this would be valuable.

What is required?

We invite you to complete an online questionnaire which will explore how you feel your sexual orientation and/or gender identity impacts on your personal and professional life as a doctoral candidate. Participation is voluntary. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in anyway.

Survey link

If you would like to take part please click the link to the survey below:

https://kings.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/lgbtq-phd-experience-survey

Contact

If you have any questions about this project please contact Dr. Ross English – ross.english@kcl.ac.uk