King’s Widening Participation Department needs you!

Widening Participation are seeking current King’s PhD students who would be interested in supervising an academic piece of work, produced by A-level pupils. They will provide full support and a payment of £150 per student completing an assignment with your support. This is a great way to use your experience of university to help pupils in understanding and developing the skills necessary to be successful at a competitive university. In addition, this offers you an opportunity to work with young people and gain experience of supervising, marking and providing feedback on academic work close to undergraduate level.

Tutors will be paid a flat rate of £150 per student. This will be staggered in 2 payments one at mid-submission, one at completion. Tutors will be expected to mentor at least two students, however this will vary based on the subjects the students choose.

This role requires you to be available in London for around 10 hours between July and September 2015 to meet with and provide feedback to your tutees.

Please note: If you are a non EU resident you must have an in date Working Visa in your passport OR an in date Biometric Working Visa.

You must be available for the following dates:

  • Tutor Training: 10th June
  • Meet your mentor evening: 9th July

Please click here to access the job description and person specification and an application form can be found here.

  • Completed application forms must be returned Friday 8th May
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th of May

If you have any queries please contact Anne-Marie Henderson in the Widening Participation Department: anne-marie.henderson@kcl.ac.uk or 020 7848 3948

The 2014-15 Researcher Development Programme

The 2014-15 Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is run by the Researcher Development Unit based within the Graduate School. We provide personal, professional and career development opportunities for postgraduate research students and early career research staff (including postdocs) at King’s, ranging from short training courses through to personal support on careers, writing and work-life balance issues through coaching approaches. We also provide support for research degree supervisors and Principal Investigators on working effectively with their research students and research staff.

King’s is committed to retaining and improving its status as a world-class research-based higher education institution – consistently one of the top 30 universities in the world – and, as such, aims to develop a high level of wide-ranging skills for research students and research staff in order to produce the leading researchers of the future. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the Research Councils and other funders are also very keen that all researchers should be enhancing their personal, professional and employability skills and the RDP is designed to ensure that their requirements are met.

All training and learning is unique to the individual involved and we strongly recommend that at the beginning of each year you have a discussion with your supervisor (for research students) or Principal Investigator/line manager (for research staff) on what training is most appropriate for you. For research staff, this discussion should be part of the annual Performance Development Review (PDR) mechanism. Please see the HR website for further details.  All researchers are encouraged to take up to ten-days worth of personal, professional and career development activities and there is a guide at the back of the RDP brochure as to what counts and what does not. Students are required to report on their training and development in their six monthly progress report form so that this can be monitored by their supervisor and School.

For help in identifying skills and appropriate development activities, please see our section on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) in theRDP brochure. A version of this is also available on Skills Forge, the online booking and personal development website. You can also use the questionnaire available on Skills Forge to help you to identify your development needs. Once you are clearer on these you can then select workshops which focus on the skills you want to improve. You will need your King’s username and password to access the system. Once a place has been requested, a booking confirmation email will be sent to you. A reminder email will be sent to you one week before the start of the course. If the course requested is fully booked, an email will inform you that you have been placed onto a waiting list.

Welcome to a world of development opportunities! We hope you will make good use of what’s available here during your time at King’s.

 

Why not take part in a Webinar?

Perhaps you are finding it difficult to attend personal, professional and career development training on campus? Maybe you have other commitments which mean that the Researcher Development Unit’s face-to-face courses are sometimes inconvenient? This academic year the RDU will be running several webinars (online seminars). The webinars are designed to offer another method for accessing our training provision, as well as to provide careers advice. This year we’ll be covering topics such as how to develop your online presence, how to create an effective CV, and how to use LinkedIn.

Our webinars are listed on the RDU’s Training and Development web pages. To book a place you will need to click on the webinar title, and then on ‘more details’. This will open a page with details on how to register. You may need to download a desktop application to participate in the webinar, but this is free and details of how to install it are provided upon registering. Headphones or speakers will also be required to hear the webinar.

To view our range of webinars please click here (don’t forget to bookmark this page, and keep checking it throughout the year, as more webinars will be added). And if you have any comments, questions or requests for future webinars, please contact the Researcher Development Unit: gradtrain@kcl.ac.uk