Improving Student Communications at King’s

Do you have an opinion about the different ways information is shared at King’s, such as emails, social media and the intranet?

Would you like to express your views and ideas for improvement?

A number of small, informal focus groups have been set up for students who are interested in improving communication at King’s. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss what you like about the communication you receive from your department, faculty and elsewhere at King’s, as well as how you think it could be improved. All feedback will be kept confidential.

Postgraduate only focus groups are as follows:

  • Tuesday 8 March, Room 4.14, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Waterloo Campus 12.30 – 14.00
  • Friday 11 March, Classroom 8, Western Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus 11.30 to 13.00
  • Friday 11 March, Classroom 8, Western Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus 13.30 to 15.00 (international postgraduates only)

Students will be paid to take part and lunch will also be provided.

If you are interested, please apply via the King’s Talent Bank. If you haven’t already registered with the King’s Talent Bank you will need to do so first at: and then search for ‘student communication focus groups’

If you have any questions, please contact

Arts & Humanities Case Studies: Learned Societies

This interview, and the others published over the past and next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From MPhil English to Acting Executive Director at the Royal Literary Society

Molly Rosenberg

Current position: Acting Executive Director at the Royal Society for Literature.

Starting point:

After studying English at KCL and Berkeley I undertook a number of internships in the Cultural Sector, mainly in fundraising and marketing. In 2013 I took a break from my job to pursue an MPhil in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin.

End point:

After completing my MPhil I realised I had been missing the active engagement with culture and literature. It was a natural move to apply to the Royal Society for Literature – where I had worked previously in Publicity and Marketing first and then in Communications.

How did you make it?

Previous internships and job experience with the RSL made my transition smoother. Having built a good relationship with my manager helped me getting my new position at the Royal Society for Literature.

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Could you explain your thesis in three minutes?


King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis is a competition open to any King’s student studying for a PhD or other doctorate in one of the seven participating schools:

  • Dental Institute
  • Florence Nightingale School of Nursery & Midwifery
  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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.

Each participating school will hold its own heat with two winning contestants 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 2014 UK 3 Minute Thesis National Finals. The School heats will take place between late-April to May with the King’s Grand Final on the 22 May.

For more details or to express your interest email:

An introductory webinar for anyone interested in competing will be held on March 12 at 2PM. Visit:

Full details of the competition can be found here.

MRC & Academy of Medical Sciences Policy Internship

MRC logoThe Medical Research Council (MRC) have announced a policy internship for PhD students funded by them, in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Successful applicants will undertake a three-month placement at the Academy’s offices in central London, joining their policy team. The scheme is designed to give students first-hand experience of the medical science policy and communications environment, to gain insights into how research can impact on policy, and to build valuable networks with the UK’s most eminent medical scientists and key science and health stakeholders. Interns will also spend some time at the MRC Head Office.

The scheme is open to all MRC-funded PhD students (based in a university or MRC centre, unit or institute), including clinicians undertaking a PhD as part of their MRC Clinical Research Training Award who will be in their third or fourth years of their PhD when their internship takes place. The scheme can also be undertaken in the three month period immediately following the end of a student’s fourth year. The successful students will be supported by an extension to their PhD maintenance stipend.

Applications are welcomed from 16 September until 1 November 2013. Interviews will take place in mid-November 2013.

To be eligible to apply, students must have their supervisor’s support and confirmation that they are funded by the MRC. For more information visit the MRC website at: For details of the application process visit the AMS website at: