BME Student Researcher – Internship Opportunity

The Equalities Unit are looking to recruit a number of students who self-identify as coming from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds to help with the research phase of a project that aims to narrow the attainment gap for BME students at King’s.

The College is committed to narrowing the attainment gap for BME students, a trend that is observed within Higher Education nationally.  In order to address this, it intends to develop a programme of activities to improve the range of support on offer and make the curriculum and teaching more inclusive.

To assist with the research phase of this project, they are looking to recruit a number of BME student researchers from a range of courses/subjects studying at any level. The opportunity is also open to students who have recently completed their degree in 2014.

The Researchers will help run focus groups with undergraduate BME students at King’s.  The aim of the groups will be to collect information about the experiences and challenges faced by these students and suggested solutions for addressing the attainment gap.  Hence the importance of the Researchers being from BME backgrounds, to ensure they can build maximum trust and rapport with the research participants whilst discussing potentially sensitive issues.

The total duration of the placement will be 2 months, from early October to end November. However given that this is a research project, the volume of hours worked during this period will vary throughout. The estimated total hours worked during this period will be 36 hours.

The researchers will be paid £8.80/hour.

Applicants will be asked to complete a brief application form to demonstrate their suitability for the role against the person specification. For a full application pack, please contact Debbie Epstein, Email: debbie.epstein@kcl.ac.uk or Tel: 020 7848 3767.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 September.

Reminder: Graduate School Conference Fund – Deadline 15 July

The deadline for the final round of the 2013/14 Graduate School Conference Fund is on Tuesday 15 July.

If you are a research student delivering an oral or poster presentation at a peer-reviewed conference between 6 August 2014 – 5 November 2014 make sure you get your application in on time. To find out more about the fund and how to apply, please see this post from earlier in the year.

2015-2016 EURIAS Fellowship Programme

eurias-logo-web_sans barillet(2)The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences.

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. For the 2015-2016 academic year EURIAS offers 44 fellowships (22 junior and 22 senior positions). Continue reading

King’s – Student Opportunity Fund

The Student Opportunity Fund is open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate (masters level) students. The Fund is available for individual students or groups of students to apply for grants of between £100 and £1,000 to enhance the student academic experience. The fund gives King’s students a new opportunity to collaborate with each other and with their teachers to enhance their learning in new and innovate ways.

Awards will be made to individuals or groups students who have innovative projects to enhance their own educational experience. Strong applications will lead to real improvements to the student learning experience and present an opportunity for those involved to develop transferable skills such as project management, time management and financial management.

Examples of how grants may be used include:

  • participation in educational conferences, seminars or excursions aligned to an academic discipline;
  • collaborative student projects, related to their studies
  • extra academic events, invited guest speakers as part of a programme of study
  • attendance of seminars or events intended to enhance transferable skills;
  • room hire and small equipment purchases to support special educational events

Please note that grants may not be used to subsidise programme or student accommodation fees, purchase equipment not aligned to study, or to support extra-curricular activities.

To apply for a grant please complete the online form (70kb, doc) and submit it to ke@kcl.ac.uk. Applications must be received by the following dates to be considered by the Student Opportunities and Skills Sub-committee:

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014
  • Tuesday 18 March 2014
  • Tuesday 20 May 2014

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of the submission deadline at the very latest. Successful applicants are required to produce a short report after the project is completed to evaluate the impact on the learning experience. To find out more please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kep/student-opportunity-fund.aspx

3 Month Secondment Opportunity for EPSRC funded PhD students

The EPSRC has announced the 2014 call for applications for a three month secondment opportunity to the Parliamentary Office of Science and technology (POST) open to EPSRC funded PhD students.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is an office of the two Houses of Parliament (Commons and Lords), charged with providing balanced and independent analyses of science and technology based issues of relevance to Parliament.

During their time at Parliament, EPSRC/POST Fellows will work on a policy topic grounded in science and technology. Examples of previous topics include ‘ICT for Disabled People’ and ‘Livestock Super Farms’. Following the placement the fellow will be invited to write a short report for EPSRC detailing their work over the three months and the outcomes achieved.

All EPSRC funded postgraduate research students, except first year students, who will still be studying (receiving a stipend) in March 2014 are eligible.

The closing date is 4th October 2013.

Further details and how to apply can be found here: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/other/Pages/post.aspx