Support for PhD candidates who teach

Many of you gain teaching experience at King’s while undertaking your research degree. This is great for you and good for the university too.

We want to make sure those of you who do teach are well supported. Faculties deliver a range of training, induction and buddying arrangements for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and King’s Learning Institute (KLI) also offers the ‘Preparing to Teach’ course and the more advanced PGCAP course that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. KLI has considerably increased capacity on these courses in responses to requests from TAs.

Recently we have had discussions to see how we can improve support further, and that involved a focus group with TAs. In response to the three main suggestions to come out of this session, we have made the following changes:

  1. University policy guidance is now available on the Teaching Opportunities webpage of the Graduate School. Our focus group said they found this a very helpful document but hadn’t previously been aware of it.
  2. KLI has agreed to arrange drop-in sessions for TAs on different campuses so you can call in and get advice on good practice and/or discuss problems you are having with your teaching. These will begin in September 2015.
  3. The Graduate School has set up a discussion forum where you can contact other TAs, share your experience and good practice, as well as offer advice and support to your peers. This can be found on KEATS, but you will need to submit an application form for admission to the forum. This can be found on our internal web pages by clicking here and selecting the tab entitled ‘Forum for King’s Graduate Teaching Assistants’.

Professor Vaughan Robinson
Director of the Graduate School

Meet the Postgraduate & Graduate School Support Team

We are the Postgraduate & Graduate School Support Team and now that we’ve hit the time of year when many of you are in the process of applying for further study, or funding for the 2015/16 academic year, we thought this might be a good opportunity to introduce ourselves to those of you who haven’t met us already.

Our primary focus is to manage and deliver College-level support for initiatives for the postgraduate community at King’s. Our key roles include:

  • Support for postgraduate student experience: organising induction events for research students, offering advice and guidance, resources like the Conference Fund or facilities such as the Graduate Lounges. We promote Graduate School activities, events or training around the College and postgraduate study through mediums such as this newsletter or our blog andtwitter feeds and we also help to represent the Graduate School and inform postgraduates both internally and externally at open evenings.
  • Postgraduate funding: as well as overseeing the management/administration of internally and externally funded schemes, research council studentships & doctoral training centres, we are always on hand to provide advice and guidance on PG funding to both students and staff (so get in touch!)
  • PGR business processes systems & developments: we develop and define business processes and internal systems to facilitate the management of postgraduate research students
  • Governance and regulatory matters: we sit on relevant College committees, and work to develop, implement and monitor policy, ensuring that PG needs are factored into College policy
  • Support for PG projects and innovation: we implement initiatives to support your studies at King’s as identified by the Director of the Graduate School, Vice-Principals, and other Colleagues around the College.

To put it simply… Our goal is to provide support for, and encourage, the best possible postgraduate student experience and to ensure that all students fulfil their full potential while at King’s.

Our team is made up of the following:

Jennie Eldridge  Head of Postgraduate Policy & Operation
Dónal Caviston  Graduate School Administrator (Studentships & Communications)
Duncan Smith  Graduate School Administrator (Studentships & Quality Assurance)
Ben Diette  Graduate School Assistant
Kelly Allwright  Graduate School Administrator (Joint PhDs)
Clare Best  Senior Financial Administrator

If you have any general enquiries related to funding or postgraduate study, please contact the Graduate School via graduateschool@kcl.ac.uk or call Dónal on 020 7848 4146.

Contact information and responsibilities of different members of our team, as well as our colleagues in the Graduate School, are available on our Who’s who page.

Finally, from all of us here at the Graduate School, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a very happy new year!

King’s-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship scheme is now open

Applications for the co-funded King’s-China Scholarships PhD scholarship scheme are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year.

Citizens, who are also permanent residents, of the People’s Republic of China are eligible to apply for a scholarship, covering tuition fees and a living allowance, to undertake a full-time MPhil/PhD programme at King’s. These scholarships are open to prospective students who intend to commence their doctoral studies in the 2015-16 academic year or for current King’s students who are in their first year of an MPhil/PhD programme.

All subjects offered through King’s College London are eligible for these scholarships.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants are required to submit their admissions application and a specific scholarship application to the Graduate School at King’s by the deadline of 30 January 2015 17:00 GMT.

For full details of the scheme and how to apply please click here.

Apply for 2015/16 ESRC PhD Funding

The Graduate School are now accepting applications for ESRC studentships for the academic year 2015-16. This funding supports social science research taking place in any of the 15 themes of the KISS-DTC.

Doctoral studentships are available to prospective PhD students from the UK and the EU. In view of high number of applications received, successful applicants are likely to hold a very good first degree and Masters degree in a relevant social science discipline. For further information about the eligibility criteria and application process for this funding, you should consult the Postgraduate funding web-pages.

If you are a current postgraduate research student, you are also eligible to apply for ESRC funding, provided that you will have completed no more than 1 year of your full-time research degree programme (or more than 2 years part-time) by September 2015.

Between 15 and 20 studentships are allocated each year to a variety of projects, spanning the full range of research themes. Your application must have the support of a King’s academic who would act or is acting as supervisor for the research.

Please contact Duncan Smith in the Graduate School with any questions relating to eligibility or the application process. The Graduate School are happy to offer appointments to discuss the application process and can offer guidance on submitting a strong application. The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 30 January 2015.