NEW: Research Consultancy Project with the Researcher Development Unit – KCL

King’s College London’s Researcher Development Unit – based in the Graduate School – is seeking a consultant to develop and launch a new initiative that would give postgraduate researchers and research staff at King’s an online platform to talk about their research interests in the context of contemporary events. It is envisaged that this will take the form of a regularly updated, multimedia web presence containing informed yet accessible writing, podcasts or videos. The working title of this project is #king’s.

While created under the auspices of the Researcher Development Unit, it is hoped that the task of soliciting and vetting contributions and other editorial decisions will be the responsibility of an editorial board composed of King’s researchers.

The consultant will be expected to liaise with the RDU’s E-learning Development Advisor to decide on the most suitable platform for this project and lay-out. In consultation with the Researcher Development Unit, to recruit members of the editorial board, establish sustainable processes and oversee the publication of the first edition.

The project is expected to run for 15 days over about 6 months and will commence in June 2016. The consultant will be paid £125 per day and will report to Dr Ross English, University Lead on Doctoral Student Development.

To apply, please upload your CV and a tailored cover letter via the following link: http://recruit.thecareersgroup.co.uk/KingsCollege/Vacancies/VacancyDetails.asp?VacancyID=4597 . Please note that you will need authorisation from your supervisor to participate in this project.

The closing deadline for applications is Monday 16th May 2016.

For further information about the King’s Research Consultancy please visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/careers/Researchers/Research-Consultancy.aspx or contact careers-consultancy@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 1376 if you have any questions.

Research Consultant Vacancy, Researcher Development Unit

King’s College London’s Researcher Development Unit – based in the Graduate School – organises around 300 workshops each year open to research students and staff. As part of our commitment to ensuring high quality training we are looking to improve the way we evaluate the impact of these workshops.

At present, every workshop is evaluated by means of a questionnaire completed by each participant at the end of the session and returned to the facilitator. While this method provides useful information, we are aware of the limitations of such an approach in terms of assessing the longer term impact of our training.

We are seeking a consultant who can work with us to design and implement a pilot project which would evaluate a select number of workshops using online survey tools. It is anticipated that the impact of each workshop would be assessed twice – once soon after the session and, again, six months later – however the consultant would be expected to make recommendations as to the exact nature of the process.

The consultant will be asked to design the evaluation surveys, build them on an online platform such as Survey Monkey, send out the survey to participants, analyse the data and write a report on the findings in relation to each workshop evaluated and on the overall effectiveness of the pilot.

The consultant will be expected to contribute their own ideas as to the best way forward at every stage of the process.

Person Specification

  • You must be a post upgrade PhD student at King’s College London to register and apply to this consultancy project
  • Experience of survey design
  • Basic understanding of statistics
  • Able to use SPSS
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

The closing deadline for applications is 23:59 on Tuesday 8 March 2016. Applications are to be submitted online via the link below.

The link for applying, as well as further information about the consulting role, is available here.

Be part of a new mentoring platform: King’s Connect!

At King’s we are not only focused on your academic development, we also want to help build your network of influencers. This is why the King’s Alumni office have launched a new online community. Within this platform you will be able to search for alumni located all around the world in order to establish a mentoring relationship with them.

King’s Connect will support your professional path; develop your network and give you access to the guidance and experience of successful alumni. You can search alumni by subject area, employer and location.

Once you have found an alumnus that might be a good match you can request to become their mentee. When the match has been accepted, you can connect with your mentor to define the goals and expectations for your mentoring journey.

As a PGR student at King’s, you also have the option of developing new skills by acting as mentor to current undergraduate students.

This is a wonderful opportunity to benefit from the King’s global alumni network. Guidance and support is provided by the King’s Alumni office throughout the programme.

Find out more and apply to become a part of King’s Connect
Come along to our information session for PGR students to find out more from the King’s Alumni Office team about joining the King’s Connect Mentoring Scheme, and the benefits of mentoring for research students with Dr Ross English from the Researcher Development Unit, on Wednesday 25th of March, 14.30–15.30 in JCMB. Book your place now:http://kingsconnectpgrsession.eventbrite.co.uk

In order to apply for the scheme, students are asked to fill out the application form. After students have completed the application form they will be directed to a remote interview process. We will then be in touch to let them know of the outcome and providing them details to register on the platform.

Mentoring requirements

  • Mentors will be required to commit to 1-3 hours a month per mentoring relationship as well as attending two events annually.
  • Mentees will be required to commit 4-6 hours a month to the mentoring relationship as well as attending two events annually.

Upcoming events

Any questions?
Contact Maria Gutierrez, Alumni Volunteer Officer at maria.1.gutierrez@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 2123.