Study Skills Support for All Students

StudyA new study skills centre has been set up by Library Services at King’s College London and is currently running successfully in the Maughan Library.

The study skills programme is designed to support the needs of all students from all levels and disciplines. Our emphasis is on enhancement of learning to assist students in achieving their full potential, to help improve their self-esteem and employability.

Our amazing PhD students are busy supporting all students with their learning
development in areas like maths, science and academic writing. If you would like academic advice on how to write your assignment or on mathematical and statistical problems then please book an appointment.

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If you have any questions, please email

Graduate School Conference Funds 2015/16

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that we are offering limited funds to support postgraduate students at King’s College London to attend conferences for the purpose of delivering an oral or poster presentation in 2015/16.

Four competition rounds will run for the 2015/16 academic year, and each round has a set deadline, as follows:

Round Deadline For conferences commencing within the following period
1 15 October 2015 22 October 2015 – 5 February 2016
2 15 January 2016 6 February 2016 – 5 May 2016
3 15 April 2016 6 May 2016 – 5 August 2016
4 15 July 2016 6 August 2016 – 5 November 2016

For more information about the fund, and to apply, please go to:


Stammerers United at King’s

stuc3My name is Claire Norman, I am a French Studies 2014 graduate of the University of Warwick.

Having battled with a stammer since the age of 5, I have completed many achievements – most of which have been carried out during my time at University.

I am setting up the Stammerers Through University Campaign (or ‘STUC’), which aims to provide for those who are affected by stammering a series of seminars in a non-judgemental, supportive environment. These will be conducted by a combination of University stammerers, lecturers, counsellors, anyone with an interest in stammering as well as any psychologists from Universities who are researching the notion of stammering. By doing this, the idea of bringing together King’s students and staff who stammer will create a group of individuals who can, as a collective, discuss and examine issues and possible resolutions. The aim is for the first of these seminars to be held in Spring 2015.

I will hold a Focus Group at King’s to identify areas of concern. The outcomes of which will subsequently be collated and revised and will be used to determine what shall be discussed at the seminar. This is where I need YOU!

If you are a stammerer, know of someone who has a stammer or are closely linked to stammering, I would like to invite you to a Focus Group where you will be able to share your thoughts on support for stammerers at King’s.

This will take place on Friday 27th March in S -2.25 (Strand Building) from 1-4pm. You are more than welcome to stay for the entire duration; likewise you are welcome to ‘drop in’ at any time you wish.

Please email me at if you are able to attend so I can gauge numbers. Even if you are unable to attend, please notify me so that I can email you with the questions that I will be asking in the Focus Group.

I do hope that you will respond, willing to help me with this project that I believe will benefit King’s hugely.

Many thanks,
Claire Norman

The 2014-15 Researcher Development Programme

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.


Skills for Success: Living & Studying In a UK Cultural Context

A course of four, interactive, cross-cultural learning and support sessions is being offered to international postgraduate 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 13th November. See below for all dates:

Each session will focus on developing a different skill:

Session 1: 13th November – Introductions to the course and each other; what is culture?

Session 2: 20th November – Participating in academic groups

Session 3: 27th November – Social conversation

Session 4: 4th December – Seeking help and expressing disagreement

Please note:

  • The sessions are being offered as a ‘closed’ group for a 15-20 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 will be required
  • 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, send an email to Jennifer Raper setting out why this training is of interest and of use to you. Please provide as much information as you can, so I can gain understanding about the specific cultural areas of interest to you: Email Jennifer Raper at