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 equal top for PhD completion rates

Recently released data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) shows that King’s College London is equal top in England (with Queen Mary, University of London) for its PhD completion rates with 86.8 per cent of its full time research degree starters qualifying with a research degree within seven years, against a national average in England of 72.9 per cent.

Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School commented: ‘This result is a testimony to the quality of supervision available at King’s, the rigorous way in which we monitor the progress of our doctoral candidates and give them feedback, and the training we make available through the PhD journey. It also reflects our admissions and selection processes, which ensure that we accept excellent students well-matched to the research interests of their supervisory team and the research culture of the department within which they will be working. Our Research Degrees Examinations Board also plays a key role in ensuring appropriate and timely examination of theses.’