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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
- 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: email@example.com or 020 7848 3948
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.
Hello! I’m Nigel Eady and I’ve just started as Head of Researcher Training and Development in the Graduate School at King’s. My team and I are responsible for helping you develop the transferable skills you need to be effective, both as a researcher now and whenever you leave King’s. The Researcher Development Programme, a portfolio of courses and opportunities for all PhD students and postdocs at King’s, is the central element of what we provide. However, we do much more than run workshops! Over the coming weeks, different members of the team will introduce themselves on this blog, so you’ll get a clear idea of what’s on offer.
So what’s my role? Essentially it’s two-fold. Firstly, to ensure that King’s is delivering a high quality portfolio of training and development opportunities for PhD students and postdocs. The team I’m now leading is well respected in the field of researcher development. For example, we were nominated in 2012 & 2013 for the Times Higher Education award for ‘outstanding support for early career researchers’. We keep a close eye on new approaches and keep up to date with best practice, both nationally and internationally. Secondly, I play a key role college-wide in ensuring there is joined up thinking about training for students and postdocs. In a place the size of King’s it can be easy for effort to be duplicated and I am focused on making sure we learn from each other!
Why am I excited to be at King’s? Well, I’m a former PhD student and postdoc myself. I understand the challenges you face. In fact, those challenges have led me to spend the ten years since I left research, supporting researchers, at every career stage, to fulfil their potential.
What are some of the issues I care about?
- Communications: it was during my biochemistry PhD that I stepped out of the lab and first discovered my enjoyment of communicating. I’ll be writing a monthly blog with my thoughts on career development and updates on what’s on offer. You can follow me on Twitter too. So however you consume info, hopefully you’ll find it easy to know what’s going on!
- Public engagement: my first role on leaving the lab was in the Science in Society team at the British Science Association. I enjoyed helping researchers from every discipline find ways to engage people with research. We took posters into shopping centres, worked alongside broadsheet and tabloid journalists, and introduced adult audiences to the science behind topical issues. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into public engagement training here.
- Mentoring: my most recent role was at the Academy of Medical Sciences. Amongst other activities, we ran a large mentoring scheme for researchers on the cusp of an independent research career. There are various mentoring schemes at King’s and I’m looking forward to understanding what’s on offer and how we can open up the excellent personal support that mentoring can provide as widely as possible.
- Evaluation & innovation: whatever training and development we offer, we want to do it well. We also want to base what we do on solid evidence. If something isn’t working, we’ll adapt it or pilot something new. If you’ve got an idea for a training initiative let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call 020 7848 3913.
My last two roles supporting researchers have been from outside universities. It’s great to be back on the inside!
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: email@example.com