Research Council Policy Internships

Research Council policy internships provide an opportunity for Research Council funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event.

Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found at the following link – http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/policyinternships/

Next application deadline: 16:00 BST 28th August 2015

Design and teach a module for undergraduates

King’s Experience is offering a group of postgraduate researchers the opportunity to design and teach their own module at undergraduate level.

The module will be available as one of the King’s Experience Interdisciplinary Awards. Details about the existing modules for the award can be found here. In particular, take a look at the Thinking Creativity module, which is designed and run by a group of postgraduate researchers from the Dept of Culture, Media and Creative Industries.

The costs you incur in designing and teaching the award will be met by King’s Experience.

This is an outstanding opportunity to enhance your academic practice and your CV, as you will design and manage every aspect of the module, although academic as well as financial support will be available from the King’s Experience team.

If you are interested in designing and teaching your own module, drop an email to King’s Experience with some first thoughts about your proposed module (maximum 500 words). Kindly write ‘King’s Experience Interdisciplinary Award’ in the email subject field. Applications can be from groups of two or more postgraduate researchers, and your proposed module must have a significant interdisciplinary aspect.

The closing date for applications is Monday 9th March.

King’s Research Consultancy

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The King’s Research Consultancy is a new programme offering PhD (post-upgrade) or post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to consult on a specific research project within a King’s department or external organisation.

  • Gain advanced levels of work-based experiential learning and build on research, analytical and project management skills.
  • Have access to pre-consultancy training and support from King’s Careers & Employability, if required. Please see below for further details.
  • Be given the opportunity to apply your PhD subject knowledge to a commercial project, impacting significantly and tangibly on organisational or departmental outcomes.

If you are interested in the programme but unsure as to whether you have the skills for consultancy work, please book onto the Preparing for King’s Research Consultancy Projects  workshop on Tuesday 27 January 2015. The session will be held from 10:00 – 15:00 at Waterloo campus, James Clerk Maxwell Building B.16, and will cover:

  • Preparing your CV
  • Project management
  • Beginning a consultancy project
  • Dealing with client issues
  • Time management
  • Presenting your conclusions

To book a place at the workshop, please email katie.black@kcl.ac.uk. There are only 30 places available and you must have achieved at least post-upgrade status in your PhD to attend.

Further details and eligibility criteria can be found on the Intranet

Lion’s Den Workshops 2014/15

Almost exactly one year ago, six PhD students teamed up with the common goal of creating an innovative business idea. Being all very different people, we had a lot of fun throwing our ideas together over multiple caffeinated beverages, until our idea really came together. And now, looking back, it’s great to see how what seemed like a fun side-project to our studies has become a real fledgling start-up. Our idea was a self-monitoring health app called CogniTracker, with the potential to aid in the early diagnosis of dementia in the general population. It will be able to track performance, physiology and well-being of users by measuring visual movements, speech changes, hand movements and cognition using smartphone technology.

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Winning the Lion’s Den Challenge in February was a huge turning point for us as it meant we could really start to launch our idea forward, with the support of KCL. We had loads of ideas for the project that we needed to test out and people we wanted to work with, and now as winners of the competition we had the financial backing and confidence in our idea to really get started.

In the last 6 months we have been putting a lot of the basic business skills learned from the Lion’s Den workshops into practice, along with the continued support of the Lion’s Den team. We have been learning how to set up a business, protect our IP, and carrying out market research. Winning also gave us the opportunity to do the fun part of the business; designing the games we wanted for our app! Over the summer our programmer, Richard, has been making a prototype of the app and it’s been awesome to see him turn doodles of our ideas into fun games that can be played on a smartphone. Having a mentor provided through the Lion’s Den Challenge has also been invaluable to us, with incredible insight and fine-tuning to enhance our ideas throughout this venture.

Looking back to this time last year, we really couldn’t have guessed the knowledge we would gain, the skills we would acquire and the friendships we would make through the Lion’s Den programme. It’s been a great experience for us and we would definitely recommend that you give it a try this year! Good Luck!

See the schedule of workshops between now and February here.

Written by Christos Michaelides & Christina Wayman