PTES Survey 2016

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, is an annual national survey and give King’s Masters’ students an opportunity to share their experience at King’s.

The survey opens on Thursday 17 March 2016 and ends on Thursday 16 June.

If you are a King’s Master’s student, you will receive an email to your university email inbox with a unique link, inviting you to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous.

Students are asked to feedback on six key areas: Teaching & Learning, Engagement, Assessment & Feedback, Organisation & Management, Resources & Services and Skills Development. You will also be invited to give feedback on dissertation or major project management and work placements if these form part of your study experience at King’s.

Student feedback will be used to inform both short-term changes and medium-term developments designed to benefit the postgraduate taught student community at King’s. The results of PTES are not made public but individual faculties and directorates review the results, and implement action plans in collaboration with the university.

Completing the survey can help us improve the student experience by reinforcing practice that is working and addressing areas that need to be improved.

Information about the results of the 2015 survey and examples of action taken in response can be found on the university’s PTES web page

Students who complete the survey are automatically entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win one of five £50 Love2Shops vouchers.

For any further information please contact studentsurveys@kcl.ac.uk during the survey period.

Improving student experience for Postgraduate Students

The Enhancement Project for postgraduate students is being managed by students for students and a series of focus groups are being held to give all postgraduate students an opportunity to feed their views into the project. There are still a number of focus groups remaining, so please sign up to participate in one of them if you can.

As part of our commitment to enhancing the student experience at King’s, four postgraduate students have been appointed as interns to make recommendations about what we are doing well and areas where we can improve. The ethos of the project is that small things can have a big impact and we want to hear what ideas you have that could benefit the King’s student community. The project compliments the annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES – which opens on 19th March) as it explores in more detail the issues that students raise in their feedback.

The focus groups are being held across the university and if you would like to participate, could you email the intern facilitating each session so that appropriate refreshments can be ordered:

Friday 6th March: 13.00-14.00 in 2.41 in the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus
Contact: maria.suessmiclh@kcl.ac.uk

Wednesday 11th March: 13.00-14.00 in K-1.99 in the King’s Building, Stand Campus
Contact: maloe.de_reuver@kcl.ac.uk

Thursday 12th March: 13.00-14.00 in in CRM12 in the Western Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus
Contact: james.aluri@kcl.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you
James, Maloe, Maria and Nau

Careers advice for Master’s students

A guest post by Dr Sophia Donaldson, Careers Consultant

King’s Careers and Employability is here to assist you with all things career-related. In the Macadam Building (Strand), you’ll find a dedicated information team ready to help you navigate our comprehensive careers library. One-to-one appointments with careers consultants are available across all King’s campuses, where you can discuss career planning, have your CV checked, or practice for an upcoming interview.

We bring employers onto campus to meet students at careers fairs and forums, and to co-facilitate our King’s Leadership and Professional Skills Award, a 10-week course aimed at developing and selling the skills employers want.  We also work within departments to provide a range of services tailored to the particular needs of PGT students, including evening careers spotlight sessions, workshops on marketing MScs to employers, and credit-bearing internship modules.

You can check out what’s on offer in your department using our events calendar, but keep an eye on your emails, departmental plasma screens and KEATS as well.

Find out more about what we can do for you at www.kcl.ac.uk/careers.

The 2014 Geneva International Contest for Graduate Students

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, have recently launched an international competition for graduate students entitled “Advancing Development Goals” whose objective is to stimulate the debate about the future of the global development agenda.

The contest calls upon teams of 3 to 5 Master students from all over the world, involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or perspectives, to submit a proposal that creatively addresses a key challenge in international development.

The Topic:

The topic selected for the 2014 challenge is “Empowering Women for Development,” with a focus on political, social and economic inclusion. According to the 2013 MDG Report, women access to education, healthcare financial security and decision-making power in the public and private spheres remains precarious, falling below target. Women empowerment thus constitutes an essential dimension of any post-2015 agenda.

The Prize:

The winning project will receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF. The second prize will receive 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF. 

Submissions:

Proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 8’000 words (all included).

Students who are interested must send their entry via email by the deadline of 30 April 2014.

A jury chaired by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and composed of high level persons will select three papers and invite the student teams to Geneva for a one-day defence of their proposal.

For further details please go to: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/relations-publiques/the-geneva-challenge-2014.html

Your Personal Tutor & You

personaltutorimageFor those of you starting a new taught postgraduate degree programme this month, you will probably soon be meeting or have already met your personal tutor for the first time in the last week or so. 

Your personal tutor should be the first person at the College that you speak to if you are having any personal difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or any other type of problem.

If you are interested to know more about what you can expect from your personal tutor and their role in providing pastoral care and academic support, you may want to read the ‘Guide to Being a Personal Tutor’ which covers the keys aspects of the tutor/tutee relationship and can be downloaded as a pdf via the King’ Policy Zone:

 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/college/policyzone/assets/files/teaching/Personal_Tutoring_Guide.pdf