PGR ‘Write-up space’ – pilot at the Maughan Library

In response to student survey feedback and recommendations by KCLSU, Library Services has agreed to pilot a bookable ‘Write-Up Space’ at the Maughan Library for Postgraduate Researchers in addition to existing library Postgraduate Only Zones, to open in the autumn 2016.

To help them plan the content and management of the space they are seeking input from PGR students as outlined in the poster below:

PGR write-up space - A4

PhD students wanted as study skills tutors

The Study Skills Centre at King’s College London are looking for PhD or postdoctoral students to support and advise students on a one-to-one basis in academic writing ( essay writing, critical analysis, dissertations) , mathematics and statistics, (experimental design and data analysis, SPSS (beginners, intermediate and advanced), Minitab and NviVO).

These are paid temporary part-time positions, requiring 3 hours of your time per week.

You will be expected to support undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You will be working in one of these locations: Franklin Wilkins Library, New Hunt’s House, Weston Education Centre or Maughan Library. It would be useful if you could state your preference of location in your application.

Experience / Skills
You will be undertaking a PhD at King’s College London or have completed one.

Qualifications
Teaching experience would be desirable, but you have to be undertaking/have completed a PhD.

Health & Safety Considerations
If you have any accessibility issues, please let us know so that we can support you.

How to Apply
Firstly, please go to the Talent Bank to register as a new client. Once this is done please click on the link here: https://www.directtemping.com/login/auth to apply.

The deadline to apply is the 10th January 2016.

Interviews are likely to take place in the week of 18th January 2016.

Candidates will be expected to undertake training in February.

For more information
You can find out more via the adverts for each position by clicking on the titles below:

Study Skills Tutor (Academic Writing)

Study Skills Tutor (Mathematical Support)

Study Skills Tutor (Statistical Support)

Library Services at King’s

Library Services offers a wide range of services for graduate students at King’s. If you are new to King’s we have a ‘Discover your Libraries’ postgraduate guide, with ten steps to get you started.

We are committed to supporting you throughout the research, publication and thesis submission process and offer a comprehensive portfolio of resources and services. Visit the Library Services research support pages for further information.  Through Library Services training and workshops you can find out how to manage your research data throughout the project lifecycle, the practicalities and benefits of open access publishing as well as how (and why) you measure your citations.

Libraries are located at all the main campuses and provide information resources relevant to all the subjects taught locally. There are designated Graduate study areas at the main King’s Libraries, most of which are swipe access and all designed only for graduates. The Enquiry desk staff are available to offer guidance on all services, including help using the student computing facilities. Library resources are also available online. Further information is available here.

We offer support with finding and managing information for your dissertation or thesis. If you would like help with literature searching or using bibliographic software, see the training programme, available here and please contact the Training & Skills Team at libtraining@kcl.ac.uk with any training enquiries.

There are courses on Microsoft Word as part of the IT training programme which focus on the technical aspects of writing a thesis, with a Word template provided to support students with layout and style decisions. Advice is provided on the implications of preparing the document for submission as an ethesis, and on using EndNote or RefWorks for formatting citations and the bibliography. There is also a course on using PowerPoint to create posters, and facilities for creating A0 posters are available through student computing services.  All of these courses are bookable via Skills Forge.

Online Library Subject Guides, available here have a range of information on key library electronic and print resources for your subject.  The guides include details of how to access the Library’s ‘Plagiarism advice, citing references and using TurnitinUK module’ which is available on KEATS (the King’s e-learning and Teaching Service). Library Liaison Managers are also on hand to provide the in depth subject-specific advice and guidance required by graduate students, their contact details are listed here.

Mathematics and Statistics Support Centre – Paid Positions Available

King’s will be launching a support centre for maths and stats in September 2014. This follows a pilot in May 2014. The centre will be based in the Maughan Library at the Strand campus and open 2-5pm each weekday afternoon.

The Centre will provide mathematics and statistics support for students who use these skills outside of a Mathematics Degree, and support will be offered on a one-to-one basis by postgraduate students. Training and supervision will be provided for tutors and this is an excellent opportunity to develop your tutoring skills and build experience.

We are looking to recruit 15 students to offer this support, each working one 3 hour shift per week. The centre will be open in term time and we are recruiting for the full academic year. You don’t have to be studying in a mathematical discipline, but do need A-level mathematics and to be highly numerate in either mathematics or statistics.

Criteria

It is essential that you meet the following criteria:

  • A-level mathematics (or equivalent) and a high level of numeracy
  • have excellent teaching / tutoring skills
  • can demonstrate reliability and punctuality
  • are eligible to work in the UK
  • are available for at least one afternoon shift 2-5, Monday – Friday during King’s term-times
  • are available for a full day’s training on 6 October

Experience of tutoring in maths and / or stats is highly desirable and preference will be given to those with this experience – although training will be provided.

Payment will be made through Direct Temping, and at spinal point 20 on grade 4 – £12.81 per hour.

If you are interested and meet the criteria we’d really like to hear from you. To apply please contact gavin.beattie@kcl.ac.uk by 14 September 2014, with one side of A4 paper detailing:

  • your experience
  • your areas of expertise in Maths / stats
  • how you meet the criteria
  • your availability in terms of afternoons
  • confirmation that you will be able to attend a full day training session on 6 October.