Supervisory Excellence Awards Results

The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Supervisory Excellence Awards (SEA) 2015/16:

Faculty Winning Supervisor
Faculty of Arts & Humanities Professor Magnus Ryner
Dental Institute Professor Abigail Tucker & Professor Gordon Proctor (Joint Winners)
The Dickson Poon School of Law Professor David Nelken
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Dr Joseph Bateman
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Professor Maddy Parsons
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Professor Maribel Fernandez
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Professor Christine Norton
Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Professor Nick Drake

The overall King’s Supervisory Excellence Award goes to Professor Maddy Parsons from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

Successful supervisors will receive a certificate and a nominal financial award which will be paid into their respective university research accounts, and they will also have the chance to receive recognition of their achievement at a Graduation Ceremony.

If you would like to hear what each supervisor had to say about their approach to supervision please click here to access details of their statements.

For information about previous winners of the SEA, please click here.

About the Award
Each year the Graduate School awards Supervisory Excellence Awards designed to recognise and reward postgraduate supervisors for the outstanding supervision and support that they offer to research students at King’s College London.

The key criteria in selecting winners from the nominees are that they demonstrate innovation in their thinking or practice and that they support the personal development of their students towards their chosen career goal. We also expect to see evidence that the supervisor has ‘gone the extra mile’ for their students.

The Doctoral Researcher Experience at King’s

A summary of the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey results

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the national survey of doctoral (PGR) candidates organised biennially by the Higher Education Academy. The survey offers students the opportunity to feedback on important factors influencing their educational experience and levels of satisfaction, thus allowing us to identify areas of strengths and good practice and areas where improvements can be made. Responses are submitted anonymously so that participants can express themselves freely and honestly.

What you said:

The key message is that more than 80% of respondents were satisfied with their experience at King’s College London

  • All aspects of supervision were thought to be very good with satisfaction scores well above the national and Russell Group averages. Since supervision is at the core of the doctoral experience this is excellent news;
  • 84% of respondents felt confident that they would complete their thesis on time, which was well above benchmark averages;
  • Doctoral researchers were also satisfied that their progress was being monitored and that they are being assessed well.

Some areas for improvement:

  • Workspace on the Strand campus has been identified as an issue by some students;
  • There is a feeling that not all departments and divisions offer sufficient teaching opportunities to allow those seeking an academic career to learn their craft.

The College and Graduate School take the feedback submitted via PRES very seriously and have put in place a plan to respond to areas highlighted as concerns for research students.


The results of the survey have been discussed by the Principal’s Central Team, the local data have been sent to academic Schools/Institutes for consideration and response. Thematic reports on workspace, IT and Libraries will be sent to the relevant College directors for their consideration.

Workspace issues at the Strand Campus will improve as some departments move into the new Virginia Woolf building on Kingsway. The new space was designed following consultation with PGR students by the Graduate School, Estates and relevant academic departments and will reduce pressure on the limited space available at Strand Campus.

The Graduate School has recently expanded the teaching opportunities available to students through our work with the ‘Brilliant Club’, ‘Realising Opportunities’, the ‘King’s Awards’ project and ‘King’s Summer Schools’. Information about all of these opportunities can be found on the Graduate School’s internal web pages at:

We would like to thank all who took part in this year’s survey. The College will reflect on what you have told us and work towards improvements for a better future.