How to peer review a paper: Elsevier training session

How to peer review a paper

Thursday 11 May

New Hunts House Lecture Theatre 2, Guy’s Campus


Leading scientific publishers Elsevier are coming to King’s once more to deliver a session for researchers (postgraduate or staff).

This researcher development session will provide:


  • An opportunity to hear about the process of reviewing papers from one of best known scientific publishers
  • A chance to speak with current journal editors about the peer review process.

Elsevier mainly publish scientific journals, so these sessions will have a science focus. However. this session is open to researchers from any discipline wishing to deepen their knowledge of the publication and peer review process.

Secure your place now by follow this link to the KCL Skills Forge booking page:

To find more courses for researchers, explore the Researcher Development pages to find training opportunities in Public Engagement and Communication, Writing and Publishing Skills, Online Courses and IT, and much more.






Pre-consultancy training

Skills Room, Level 1 Macadam Building, Strand Campus
Monday 14th November 2016
10am – 3:30pm

As part of the King’s Research Consultancy, the next pre-consultancy training session will be held on Monday 14th November, at the Strand campus. This is a brilliant opportunity to gain an insight into consultancy work, find out how to prepare and succeed on a consultancy project and develop skills that can be relevant for both consultancy work and your PhD. The workshop will be run jointly by Donald Lush, Careers Consultant and Ross English, Researcher Development Unit.

 10:00 – 10:15  King’s Research Consultancy – Programme Overview
 10:15 – 11:00  Preparing your Application
 11:00 – 11:30  Working as a Consultant – What to Expect
 11:30 – 12:00  My King’s Research Consultancy Project
 12:00 – 13:00  Lunch Break
 13:00 – 13:30  Working for yourself
 13:30 – 15:30  Preparing your Application

This workshop is open to all PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers at King’s College London. To book a place on this training course, please email or call 020 7838 1376.

For more information about the Research Consultancy, please visit:


Applications open for CDT Medical Imaging

New ImageThe Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging have up to 20 PhD studentships available and applications are now open. If you are a graduate of chemistry, biology, pharmacy, physics, mathematics or engineering and interested in an interdisciplinary training approach specifically designed to meet challenges in healthcare and medical imaging, then this may be for you. The CDT is funded by EPSRC and is run jointly by King’s & Imperial College London.

Read what student Marta Dazzi feels about the CDT:

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term as a student at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging. As a chemistry graduate, I already had a general idea on the ways chemists could impact the field of medical imaging but knew little about the work of other scientific disciplines. The course so far has given me an insight on the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for this research. It has been exciting to branch out from an orthodox chemistry degree- the first term is mainly focused on providing us all with a foundation for our PhD for example, the physics behind how imaging modalities work and how images are acquired and reconstructed. I have also really liked working and learning with people with different scientific backgrounds. Whilst I wasn’t too thrilled initially with the idea of dealing with another year of exams and lectures, the teaching so far has been brilliant. There are only around 20 students in a lecture so learning is more interactive and lecturers encourage discussions during the class. In addition to lectures, different assignments are set like literature reviews, presentations and lab reports which are helping me develop useful skills I will require for my PhD.

The department has also been very welcoming, even as MRes students we already feel part of the group since we are invited to attend weekly group meetings to learn more about the undergoing research. More importantly, the bi-monthly social events have been great and a good way to make new friends!

The application procedure was very efficient. Interviewers were very friendly and almost felt like an informal chat. By the end of the day, drinks and nibbles were provided and we had a chance to get to know the supervisors and have a chat about the projects available. Overall, my time so far in the CDT has been great fun and I would definitely recommend applying if you are considering pursuing a PhD.

Check out the website to view available PhD projects and application details.

London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

The London NERC DTP brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science (UCL, Birkbeck University of London, Brunel University, Institute of Zoology, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, King’s College London, Natural History Museum, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London). These Partners are engaged in an enormous range of world-leading research spanning contemporary environmental challenges to the evolution of Planet Earth. We stress the importance of integrated approaches to training environmental scientists in ways that cross boundaries between established disciplines. The aim is to deliver a transformative research experience for PhD students, centred on London’s thriving academic community.

Students will join an innovative doctoral training programme that will provide all students with multi-, cross-, and pan-disciplinary skills. The programme starts with two terms of intensive training before students select their PhD project from one of the broad research themes:

  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
  • Earth Dynamics
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Natural and Biological Hazards
  • Past Life and Environments
  • Earth-Life System Integration

To view detailed descriptions of each research theme, extensive lists of exemplar potential PhD projects (regularly up-dated) offered by all Partners, details of the training programme, and full information about the London NERC DTP, please visit their website.

Application is by online submission form via our website. See guidance here.

Apply by 11th of January 2015

Please direct all queries to the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.

British Library – Doctoral Open Days

Have you just started your PhD? The British Library’s Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover their unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years.

You will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field. The events are aimed at first-year PhD students who are new to the Library.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to get a free Reader Pass before the event.

Keep in touch with the British Library on twitter – @BritishLibrary

Further information and booking at: