Share your Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) experience


Joe Attard, GTA Rep for Arts, Humanities, SSPP and Law

My name is Joe, and I am the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Rep for Arts, Humanities, SSPP and Law. I run a regular open meeting in which GTAs are invited to discuss their experience of teaching and how it can be improved. 

The next meeting will take place at 12:00 noon on Monday, 21 November 2016, in room K-1.14, King’s Building, Strand Campus. Please RSVP here: 

If you have any issues with pay, working conditions or your relationship with your convener/supervisor, please do come along to discuss these matters and I’ll do my very best to help.

This is also a good opportunity to meet and chat with other GTAs, share experiences and find ways to help one another as colleagues.

Alternatively, if there is anything you wish to raise privately, send me an email at All correspondences will be treated as confidential.

Student Member Wanted for Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee

Would you like to help King’s and gain valuable experience serving on a major university committee?

The College’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee are currently recruiting for a new student member to join from February 2017.  This is an important committee which plays a key role in the university’s governance.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience through membership of a sub-committee of the College Council. As the Committee’s student member, you will have the opportunity to contribute a student’s viewpoint to the Committee’s deliberations in a positive, constructive and engaged way. This will involve preparing for and attending meetings of the Committee (usually three per year, in term time). You should be numerate and have strong analytical skills, a sense of commitment of service to the university and the ability to see ‘the bigger picture’, including an understanding of the environmental factors which affect the Higher Education sector. An understanding of the importance of confidentiality in collective decision making is essential for participating in this committee’s work.

The appointment will be for a term of two years and will be conditional on remaining registration as a student of King’s.

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th December 2016.

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Friday 16th December 2016. The position will be effective from February 2017.

For further details, click here: Audit Committee – Student Member Advertisement

Monthly meet-ups for student parents

Are you a student parent, Pregnant or have a regular responsibility for young children whilst studying?

The Student Advice Team within Student Services will be running monthly meet ups for student parents every 1st Wednesday of the Month.

These Meet Ups are a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow student parents within the college, Share Experiences, offer support and most of all we aim to give you the opportunity to relax amongst peers and make friends.

The first Meet Up will be held in the Board Room in FWB 5.148 Wednesday 7th October, Refreshments and Nibbles will be available and students are very welcome to bring children and partners should they wish.

If you have any questions regarding the Meet ups please contact Becky Robinson within the Student Advice Team


Have your say at the Student IT Open Forum!

What do you think about the IT service you are getting at King’s? Do you have ideas on how IT could improve their services and enhance your University experience?

Here’s your chance, right here, right now and at a Campus most near to you!

You are invited to attend one of the Forums:

Tuesday 28th October 2014

16.30–17.15 (Classroom 8, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus)

Wednesday 29th October 2014

10.30–11.15 (G.80, FWB, Waterloo Campus)

Take this opportunity to speak your mind at this informal Forum hosted by King’s IT.

Free refreshments provided!

Borders without boundaries: a weekend with the Canadian Society of Medievalists

A guest post by Hana Videen, Department of English

Canadian Congress of the Humanities

In May I attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists. I received a Graduate School Conference Fund Grant to help with travel expenses. This year the conference was held at Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario.

The CSM meeting was part of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a week-long event that includes over 70 scholarly associations. Unlike academic conferences I had attended in the past, this Congress had scholars from diverse disciplines meeting on the same campus throughout the week, societies for medievalists, practical ethics, game studies, food studies, geographers, etc.

Brock UniversityThis meant that while the Congress had around 8,000 attendees over the course of the week, the conference I attended was actually quite small. There were only two sessions occurring concurrently at any given time, sometimes only one plenary session, and over the three days I was there, I had the opportunity to hear the work of and/or speak to the majority of the attendees, quite different from my experiences at other conferences. At first I was disappointed that there wouldn’t be more Anglo-Saxonists to talk to at CSM. However, my attitude changed, particularly after arriving at the conference and starting to attend panels on topics in which I would have had little interest if there had been a coinciding session on Old English poetry. I heard a fascinating lecture on the Romanesque fabric of Durham Cathedral and learned about the proto-flying buttress, a flying buttress ‘not quite out of the nest’. I heard papers like ‘Chaucer and film culture in pre-WWII America’, ‘The use of gems in the spells of the Picatrix’ and ‘Permeable boundaries between Christian and pagan enemies in the Baltic crusades’.

The theme for Congress 2014, ‘Borders without Boundaries’, ended up being particularly relevant to me, and a good reminder while writing up my very specialised research on what will seem to most as an ‘esoteric’ topic that there are, in fact, many borders still to be crossed within Medieval Studies as well as the vast scope of humanities research as a whole.

Based on an original post here: