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Joe Attard, GTA Rep for Arts, Humanities, SSPP and Law

My name is Joe, and I am the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Rep for Arts, Humanities, SSPP and Law. I run a regular open meeting in which GTAs are invited to discuss their experience of teaching and how it can be improved. 

The next meeting will take place at 12:00 noon on Monday, 21 November 2016, in room K-1.14, King’s Building, Strand Campus. Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804085759807771/ 

If you have any issues with pay, working conditions or your relationship with your convener/supervisor, please do come along to discuss these matters and I’ll do my very best to help.

This is also a good opportunity to meet and chat with other GTAs, share experiences and find ways to help one another as colleagues.

Alternatively, if there is anything you wish to raise privately, send me an email at joseph.attard@kcl.ac.uk. All correspondences will be treated as confidential.

Student Officer Nominations Now Open

KCLSU Student Officer Elections 2016Student Officer Nominations are open from now until 5pm, Monday 22 February. Make sure Postgraduates get the representation they deserve by nominating yourself for one of the five Student Officer positions.

  • KCLSU President
  • Vice President for Education (Health)
  • Vice President for Education (Arts & Sciences)
  • Vice President for Activities and Development
  • Vice President for Welfare and Community

These are full-time positions with a salary of £23,063 and access to powers such as time, funding, support, training, development, connections at King’s, and more to help lead KCLSU and make a real impact for all postgraduate students. For example, Officers successfully helped students get 24 hour library openings and halved the number of academics that faced redundancies across the Health Schools.

In addition to representing fellow students, it’s a terrific opportunity to make valuable connections at King’s and sit on the Trustee Board of a multi-million pound charity.

You can check out the full role descriptions for each position in our Elections Guide, which also explains the election process and goes into specific detail about how it’s possible for Postgraduates to be Officers!

So if you’re interested in standing, have a chat with Chris from KCLSU’s Student Voice Team by calling 020 7848 4588 or emailing chris.bull@kclsu.org. If you’re not interested in standing, you can still recommend a candidate who’d be good for the job.

Visit elections@kclsu.org for nominating yourself, more information and the Elections Guide.

KCLSU Annual General Meeting

KCLSU, your Students’ Union, is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday KCLSU image4 February. Students have submitted motions (ideas) to change the Union, University, or the wider community. These motions will be discussed and voted on by students at the AGM.

Date: Thursday 4 February
Time: 6.30pm
Location: New Hunt’s House, Lecture Theatre 1, Guy’s Campus

All students are invited to come, debate, and vote at the AGM! The full motions will be posted on kclsu.org/agm on 28 January. Students who can’t make the meeting will be able to proxy vote online also at kclsu.org/agm.

Please contact representation@kclsul.org with any questions.

Stand for election as Postgraduate Research Officer!

Nominations for the Student Council By-Elections are now open. The Student Council is yet to find a Postgraduate Research Officer for this year. It’s an important role that strengthens feedback between postgraduate research students and KCLSU.

Nominations close at 10am, Thursday 30 October, so if you want to make change for your student community, put yourself forward! Read our Elections Guide for all the information you need, or email elections@kclsu.org if you have any questions.

Find out more about the by-elections and take part here: http://www.kclsu.org/elections/

Student Representation for Postgraduates

Written by Fatima Abbas, PhD Candidate, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

As a PhD student it can be daunting thinking about taking on anything involving time and work that isn’t related to your own very particular research interests. There’s a constant pressure to devote three to four years of your life to your research and not much else. Having spent the past year as a postgraduate research student representative on the KCLSU student council, I can honestly say that the time I spent at meetings, working with the student union and committees has been both worthwhile and enlightening.

There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on for all PhD and research degree programmes, having the opportunity to see this, and also feed into these decisions with the experiences of myself and fellow students, has been fantastic. The student union and all staff members I’ve encountered have been encouraging, listened to all my suggestions and opinions, and actively asked for what PGR students think and want. Not only have I been helped and encouraged, I’ve also found it surprisingly easy to fit these meetings and activities around my own very busy schedule.

This role has opened up my eyes to how important it is for PGR students to take part in student union representation and activities. I urge you all to consider nominating yourself for representation, either within your department or in KCLSU. You’ll learn a lot about the policy and decision making processes that directly affect you and your departments, have a voice on matters that concern you, but also gain invaluable skills such as effective communication. It has been an interesting and meaningful experience for me, and throughout I’ve received so much help from all involved (whom I’d like to thank), but also hope to have helped fellow students in the process.