Graduate School Advice Clinics – additional session in January

You may recall that we announced a series of one-to-one advice clinics for current and prospective postgraduate students earlier this month (see earlier article). Well, the Graduate School is pleased to say that, due to popularity of the sessions, we have introduced an additional date in January.

A third session will now also be running on:

Thursday 23 January, 9.30am – 12.00pm, Room 5.24, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Campus – book your appointment HERE

Graduate School Advice Clinics

Would you like a 15 minute appointment with a member of the Graduate School staff, to speak confidentially about an issue you have relating to postgraduate study?

Between January and April, the Graduate School will be offering a series of one-to-one advice clinics for both current and prospective postgraduate students.

You can come and talk to us about a variety of topics relating to your postgraduate study, including applications, funding, skills development, support and other opportunities.

Our first two clinics will take place in January 2014 and may be of particular interest to students who are applying for ESRC or AHRC funding, and wish to receive guidance on how best to complete the application form.

Dates confirmed so far:

  • Thursday 16 January, 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Room 5.24, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Campus – book your appointment HERE
  • Monday 20 January, 9.30am – 12.00pm, Compass @ Macadam, B1 Macadam Building, Strand Campus – book your appointment HERE

Please ensure that you use the Eventbrite pages to book your place as only those who have an appointment can be guaranteed to be seen during the designated time slot.

Your Personal Tutor & You

personaltutorimageFor those of you starting a new taught postgraduate degree programme this month, you will probably soon be meeting or have already met your personal tutor for the first time in the last week or so. 

Your personal tutor should be the first person at the College that you speak to if you are having any personal difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or any other type of problem.

If you are interested to know more about what you can expect from your personal tutor and their role in providing pastoral care and academic support, you may want to read the ‘Guide to Being a Personal Tutor’ which covers the keys aspects of the tutor/tutee relationship and can be downloaded as a pdf via the King’ Policy Zone:

 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/college/policyzone/assets/files/teaching/Personal_Tutoring_Guide.pdf

How to get your Graduate School sponsored place at this year’s NatureJobs Careers Expo

As we mentioned in our post on the 22nd of August the Graduate School will be sponsoring 60 places worth £50 for King’s research staff and PhD students to attend the NatureJobs Career Expo for FREE! The event takes place on Thursday, 19th September 2013 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

In order to be eligible for one of the sponsored conference tickets, you must attend the NatureJobs Careers Expo Preparation Webinar – see below for full details, including how to register.  The webinar will cover a range of topics, including details of how to get one of the sponsored tickets.  Sponsored tickets are strictly limited to 60 and will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis to those researchers who have viewed the webinar and followed the simple registration procedure described.

Participation in the NJCE preparation webinar is a condition of receiving a sponsored ticket.

The Graduate School has organised a preparation webinar on Tuesday, 10th September, 10:00 – 11:00 am for King’s researchers who would like to attend the NatureJobs Careers Expo, with advice on how to get the most out of the Careers Expo, including:

  • Getting the best from the exhibition – how best to present yourself to potential employers and how to prepare your CV.
  • Getting the best from the conference – how the conference works and choosing your sessions wisely.
  • Getting a sponsored ticket for the conference – details of how to get one of the 60 sponsored tickets.

Speakers include Kate Murray, Careers Adviser for postgraduate research students and research staff at KCL and Peter Crook from NatureJobs.

To register for the webinar please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1647962674164681984  Webinar ID: 153-641-323

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note that you will need to be able to hear the webinar using speakers or headphones, you will not be able to speak so you will not need a microphone/ telephone.  You will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions by typing your questions/ comments using the messaging feature.

If you are unable to attend at this time, a recorded version of the webinar will be available to view on KEATS. The recording will be available after the webinar has been run and will be accessible through KEATS on the following page: http://keats.kcl.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=502632

If you are unable to get one of the sponsored tickets, any King’s researcher can use the discount code “KCL131D” when prompted during the registration process to get your tickets for £40 instead of £50: http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/njce2013/registration.html

Who are we and how can we help you?

The Graduate School at King’s College London provides a focus for postgraduate activities and development, to ensure that the growing number of postgraduate students at King’s receive a high quality experience while studying for their degree.

Here is a list of some of the key services we offer to all postgraduate students across the College:

  • Postgraduate social space via the Graduate Lounges
  • Postgraduate work spaces within the Libraries
  • Social events delivered in conjunction with KCLSU under the ‘Unlocking London’ umbrella, the Graduate & Mature Students’ Society and the Chaplaincy.

 For doctoral researchers, we also offer:

  • Training resources via the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme
  • A dedicated Graduate Careers Advisor
  • Conference Fund Grants
  • Support for international travel to partner institutes
  • Royal Literary Fund Fellows to assist you with your writing.

For further details about our services, please refer to the our Graduate School web pages
If there are any areas that you feel could be improved to enhance your postgraduate experience at King’s, we would welcome your suggestions.  Please email us at: graduateschool@kcl.ac.uk.