Lion’s Den Workshops 2014/15

Almost exactly one year ago, six PhD students teamed up with the common goal of creating an innovative business idea. Being all very different people, we had a lot of fun throwing our ideas together over multiple caffeinated beverages, until our idea really came together. And now, looking back, it’s great to see how what seemed like a fun side-project to our studies has become a real fledgling start-up. Our idea was a self-monitoring health app called CogniTracker, with the potential to aid in the early diagnosis of dementia in the general population. It will be able to track performance, physiology and well-being of users by measuring visual movements, speech changes, hand movements and cognition using smartphone technology.

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Winning the Lion’s Den Challenge in February was a huge turning point for us as it meant we could really start to launch our idea forward, with the support of KCL. We had loads of ideas for the project that we needed to test out and people we wanted to work with, and now as winners of the competition we had the financial backing and confidence in our idea to really get started.

In the last 6 months we have been putting a lot of the basic business skills learned from the Lion’s Den workshops into practice, along with the continued support of the Lion’s Den team. We have been learning how to set up a business, protect our IP, and carrying out market research. Winning also gave us the opportunity to do the fun part of the business; designing the games we wanted for our app! Over the summer our programmer, Richard, has been making a prototype of the app and it’s been awesome to see him turn doodles of our ideas into fun games that can be played on a smartphone. Having a mentor provided through the Lion’s Den Challenge has also been invaluable to us, with incredible insight and fine-tuning to enhance our ideas throughout this venture.

Looking back to this time last year, we really couldn’t have guessed the knowledge we would gain, the skills we would acquire and the friendships we would make through the Lion’s Den programme. It’s been a great experience for us and we would definitely recommend that you give it a try this year! Good Luck!

See the schedule of workshops between now and February here.

Written by Christos Michaelides & Christina Wayman

Skills for Success: Living and studying in a UK cultural context

A course of four, interactive, cross cultural learning and support sessions is being offered to international postgraduate research students registered at King’s College.

This short series of workshops will be of interest and benefit to international students who would like to enhance their cross cultural competence and gain insights into aspects of living and studying in the UK to support their studies at King’s.

The sessions will be held on four Wednesdays 2.30-4.00pm starting from 16th July. See below for all dates.

Each session will focus on developing a different skill:
Session 1: 16th July – Introductions to the course and each other; what is culture?
Session 2: 23rd July – Participating in academic groups
Session 3: 30th July – How to do social conversation
Session 4: 6th August – Seeking help and expressing disagreement

IMPORTANT NOTE

  • The sessions are being offered as a ‘closed’ group for 8-15 students, who will aim attend ALL FOUR SESSIONS
  • To maximise learning outcomes and mutual support, students will unfortunately NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN THE GROUP AFTER THE FIRST SESSION
  • A commitment to attend ALL FOUR modules of the course is preferred
  • The sessions are offered as an optional, professional development training and do not lead to any kind of qualification or certification

This course is jointly run by the Student Advice and International Student Support and Counselling departments. All sessions will be held at the Waterloo campus, Franklin Wilkins Building.

If you are interested in joining all four cross cultural training sessions, please send an email to Jennifer.raper@kcl.ac.uk, providing as much information as you can, and setting out:

  • Why this training is of interest to you
  • What you would want to get out of the training

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

NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses for 2013/2014

NERC is pleased to announce that the new e-brochure for the Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses 2013/2014 is now available to download from our website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/schemes/ppsda.asp. This includes full details of the courses and information on how to apply.

The courses are aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in environmental sciences. They cover a wide range of topics including statistics, modelling, bioinformatics, taxonomy and fieldwork techniques.

Funded places are available and will be allocated to NERC-funded PhD students and early career researchers as a priority. However, if sufficient places are available, other individuals may be eligible to attend.

King’s Joins Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that King’s College London has recently joined the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN), which is a network of 9 leading higher education institutions in the Bloomsbury area, created with the purpose of sharing best practice in generic and transferable skills training for postgraduate research students.

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)Being a part of this network opens up additional opportunities for transferable skills training for all of our postgraduate research students.

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network shared skills training programme allows research students in the participating institutions to enhance their generic research skills and personal transferable skills, through attending training courses and workshops at other member institutions. The skills attained from the programme are intended to help research and also to enhance life skills and employability.

Further details can be found on our website at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/school/training/Other-opps/Bloomsbury-Postgraduate-Skills-Network.aspx