Job opportunity – Arts & Sciences Focus Group Facilitators 

Would you like to to gain paid experience in facilitating focus groups?

The Arts & Sciences Diversity & Inclusion team are seeking PhD students who are knowledgeable of qualitative research methods and who want to put their theory into practice. We need help in running focus groups across Arts & Sciences to enhance our work on diversity & inclusion.

PhD students who pass minimum standards and complete practical training will have their details entered into the Focus Group Facilitators Register for departments to contact and commission for focus group work.

Applications close 14 February
Training confirmed for 20 February

To apply, and for further information, please Click here for the Job Spec and visit:

For more information on Focus Group Facilitator roles, please contact Helena Mattingley (


Arts & Humanities Festival 2014: Underground

A4FestivalPosterJune2014v2The King’s Arts & Humanities Festival is back for a sixth year, offering dozens of free talks, workshops and performances exploring music, literature, philosophy, politics, history and religion and much more.

From 15 – 24 October, this year’s programme digs deep into the theme of the underground: a concept which has fascinated the human mind for centuries. From the ruins of Roman London to the bunkers of the Blitz; from underground dance music to radical opera.

Antony Beevor and Andrew Graham-Dixon will join pioneering biographer Dr Lara Feigel to uncover the history of sheltering during the Blitz in London and consider its representation in art. Author, IT Crowd actor and celebrated director Richard Ayoade will speak about his experience directing critically acclaimed film The Double. Comedian and activist Rob Newman presents his New Theory of Evolution fresh from the Edinburgh Festival. Poet and theologian Dr Rowan Williams will discuss excerpts from the four gospels with King’s Poetry Fellow Dr Ruth Padel with musical accompaniment from the Endellion String Quartet.

Most events are free but booking is required and opens on 17 September. Explore the full Festival programme at and join our mailing list now to receive early bird booking.

Research with Reach: a training programme for PGRs in the Arts and Humanities

A guest article written by Penny Newell, Research Student, Department of English

Research with Reach is aimed at A&H research students who are thinking through the scope of their research outside of academia. It fosters the skills and opportunities we need to broaden the range of research output, to garner and enjoy wider readerships and exciting collaborations, and to deliver rigorous writing on public platforms that value our ideas.

Student-led and funded by the King’s Researcher Development Unit, we’ve lined up a conference event on 16th May 2014, bringing together top journalists like Nick Bradshaw and Roderick Conway Morris; Peter Florence MBE, the director of Hay Festival; tweeting, blogging and enterprising academics, and exciting new thinkers from across A&H.

We’ll follow up in the summer with intensive half-day workshops on practical skill sets like writing style, web design, and curating a cohesive and powerful online presence.

As two postgraduate researchers at King’s, this project has sent us on a seemingly eternal quest to find out more about academic scope and publishing opportunities – from meetings in dark corridors to get to the bottom of juggling the REF and ‘impact’, to UCL to meet globally-renowned blogger @melissaterras. From contacting arts facilitators with MBEs to starting twitter dialogues on the ever-growing hash tag #EngagedAcademics… We hope what we’ve learnt will equip our cohort of scholars with the know-how we need to break into an emerging and exciting realm of publishing.

Book your free place at the conference at Places are limited, and open only to PhD candidates in Arts and Hums.

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Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Student Conference – 20 May 2014

The first ever Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Student Conference will take place on May 20. The event is open to postgraduate students from all departments in the School.

The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Union’. Exploring the ways in which ‘union’ can be interpreted, and sparking debate among those who wish to reach beyond the traditional parameters of their discipline and Department. ‘Union’ is therefore not only the theme of the conference, but also the driving force behind it. Attendance is free but places must be booked in advance.

For more information and to register to attend please visit their Eventbrite page.

Full details of the conference and other postgraduate student events can be found at:

Students who would like to present a paper are encouraged to email their proposals to by 31 March.

Click here to see the call for papers