The Francis Crick Institute Four Year PhD Studentships 2016

The Francis Crick Institute are looking for 45 exceptional students to join their four year Crick PhD Programme starting in September 2016.

The application deadline is 12 noon GMT Wednesday 11th Nov 2015.

Please click on the image below for more information.

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Using technology to achieve the incredible: Simon Wheatcroft my life as a blind ultra runner

Get inspired and make your communications more accessible!
Simon Wheatcroft lost his sight at 17 and began a journey of adapting technology to achieve the impossible. Through the aid of a smartphone and the feeling underfoot Simon learnt to run solo outdoors and ran his first ever race 7 months later – a 100 mile road race. He recently ran from Boston to New York and then completed the marathon. All of this has been made by possible by accessible websites and adaptive technology. Simon has recently given talks at Google, Wired and has runs his own blog at: www.andadapt.com.

On Tuesday 19 May 2015 Simon will visit King’s to talk about his achievements as part of our first accessibility afternoon. Come along to hear Simon speak and then hear from two other experts who will talk about how we can make our communications more accessible and effective:

Barry Sawyer, of BDS Communications, will deliver a mini-workshop on improving your printed materials. Bring along copies of your leaflets, prospectuses and other materials. Barry is an authority on the communication needs and challenges of disabled people. He has over twenty years experience working with organisations both in the private and public sector as well as charities to ensure their communications are accessible and comply with current disability legislation including the Public Sector Equality Duty. Recent projects include working with Public Health England, BBC, The Electoral Commission and Jobcentre Plus.

Yvonne Guobadia, a web-accessibility consultant, will run a ‘top ten tips’ workshop to help colleagues begin to change their websites for the better.  Please bring along your device and Contensis log in details.

Click here for the agenda and to book your place.

Please note that this event is open to King’s College London staff and students only.

Do you have questions about Using technology to achieve the incredible: Simon Wheatcroft my life as a blind ultra runner? Contact King’s College London

Athena SWAN successes across the Health Faculties

This month three faculties: the Dental Institute, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery have been conferred Athena SWAN Silver awards by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). A further four Divisions in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have been granted Bronze awards.

The Divisions: Cancer Studies, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, Health & Social Care Research, and the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics join the five existing award holders in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine that received awards last April.

The awards recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics) subjects.

The faculties who received Silver awards carry out a range of impactful activities that support gender equality for both staff and students. Some of the activities for postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff include:

In Nursing & Midwifery, male staff and student ambassadors are encouraged to participate in recruitment events and outreach activities. The Faculty has seen an increase in male students on PGT pre-registration programmes by 5% since 2010/11. Read the full Athena SWAN Silver application here.

At the IoPPN, the submission noted initiatives such as a PGR parenting network launched in 2014, and a post-doc network to help staff with making the transition to lecturer posts. Read the full Athena SWAN Silver application here.

In the Dental Institute, online promotion of work by women researchers through their Women in Science campaign, is used to celebrate success internally and to make the Dental Institute more attractive to female job applicants. Read the full Athena SWAN Silver application here.

To achieve Athena SWAN awards, applicants sign up to the Athena SWAN Charter and undertake a thorough self-assessment of their practices, and develop measurable action plans to further good practice and address areas for improvement within three years.

The ECU commented that: ‘It is the highest number of awards [across the country] presented to date, with the success rate increasing in this round’.

Throughout 2015 and 2016 Health departments across the university that do not currently hold an award, or which hold a Bronze award, will continue to work towards progressing to Silver status.

Should I do a PhD?

While studying for your postgraduate degree, you may be considering whether or not a PhD would be a suitable next step for your career. With many prospective students asking the same question, King’s PhD student Heather Williams decided to bring a panel of speakers together to help students make this important decision.

The speakers included Maryyum Mehmood, a second-year PhD student; Monica Allen, special advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister; Dr Birthe Anders, a lecturer in War Studies; and Heather herself. This article summarises their key advice: Continue reading