King’s Research Strategy – we want to hear from you

On 16th May, King’s launched a university wide consultation around a refreshed Research Strategy for King’s. The research strategy aims to connect and enhance faculty strategies and to exploit synergies and interdisciplinary research opportunities. It should provide clarity of purpose around our research endeavour and enable the best research from our staff and post-graduate researchers. It feeds directly into King’s 2029 Vision, where research is a strategic priority, and is interlinked with the Education and International strategies.

The papers have been developed with university leadership, faculty research leads and a number of staff (academic and professional services) via a series of meetings and workshops and give a starting point upon which to build the wider consultation. Your feedback is vital in ensuring we have identified the correct enablers which will allow you to deliver your research, feel supported during your research career and, ultimately, in delivering this ambition for King’s. These are initial ideas, by no means finalised. We hope they will be refined and added to during the engagement process.

We are excited to share these papers with you and are keen to hear your feedback. Researchers from all levels are encouraged to take part.

Please visit the internal webpages to view the papers and find out how to give your feedback.

 

PTES Survey 2016

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, is an annual national survey and give King’s Masters’ students an opportunity to share their experience at King’s.

The survey opens on Thursday 17 March 2016 and ends on Thursday 16 June.

If you are a King’s Master’s student, you will receive an email to your university email inbox with a unique link, inviting you to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous.

Students are asked to feedback on six key areas: Teaching & Learning, Engagement, Assessment & Feedback, Organisation & Management, Resources & Services and Skills Development. You will also be invited to give feedback on dissertation or major project management and work placements if these form part of your study experience at King’s.

Student feedback will be used to inform both short-term changes and medium-term developments designed to benefit the postgraduate taught student community at King’s. The results of PTES are not made public but individual faculties and directorates review the results, and implement action plans in collaboration with the university.

Completing the survey can help us improve the student experience by reinforcing practice that is working and addressing areas that need to be improved.

Information about the results of the 2015 survey and examples of action taken in response can be found on the university’s PTES web page

Students who complete the survey are automatically entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win one of five £50 Love2Shops vouchers.

For any further information please contact studentsurveys@kcl.ac.uk during the survey period.

Improving student experience for Postgraduate Students

The Enhancement Project for postgraduate students is being managed by students for students and a series of focus groups are being held to give all postgraduate students an opportunity to feed their views into the project. There are still a number of focus groups remaining, so please sign up to participate in one of them if you can.

As part of our commitment to enhancing the student experience at King’s, four postgraduate students have been appointed as interns to make recommendations about what we are doing well and areas where we can improve. The ethos of the project is that small things can have a big impact and we want to hear what ideas you have that could benefit the King’s student community. The project compliments the annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES – which opens on 19th March) as it explores in more detail the issues that students raise in their feedback.

The focus groups are being held across the university and if you would like to participate, could you email the intern facilitating each session so that appropriate refreshments can be ordered:

Friday 6th March: 13.00-14.00 in 2.41 in the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus
Contact: maria.suessmiclh@kcl.ac.uk

Wednesday 11th March: 13.00-14.00 in K-1.99 in the King’s Building, Stand Campus
Contact: maloe.de_reuver@kcl.ac.uk

Thursday 12th March: 13.00-14.00 in in CRM12 in the Western Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus
Contact: james.aluri@kcl.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you
James, Maloe, Maria and Nau