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 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

Paid Academic Practice Opportunities with King’s Experience

King’s Experience is offering paid academic practice opportunities to postgraduates at King’s in 2013-14.

King’s Experience is overseeing the assessment of three non-academic credit bearing awards in 2013-14: the King’s Global Award and the King’s London Award (both run by King’s Experience), and the King’s Leadership Award (run by King’s Experience in partnership with KCLSU and the Careers dept).

The role involves marking assessments. Training will be provided. Furthermore, the role attracts a payment of £300.

The two training sessions scheduled for 2013-14 are on 6 November 2013, and 5 February 2014, and you will need to be available for one of these dates.

King’s Awards are innovative. For example participants on the King’s Global Award and King’s London Award can submit an essay for their assessment but they can also submit a business plan, or an academic poster, or publish a website. A receptive approach to innovative assessments will therefore be an asset for this role.

If you are interested in taking up this opportunity provided by King’s Experience, please visit their website for more details (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/kep). The website is where you can also download the application form, including the essential and desirable criteria for the role. The deadline for applications is Friday 4th October 2013.

You can find out more about King’s Experience opportunities by following them on Twitter (@kcl_kep) or by emailing ke@kcl.ac.uk.

King’s College London shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013

THEA13 shortlistNow in their ninth year, the Times Higher Education Awards represent a unique and high-profile opportunity to celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of UK higher education institutions.

The shortlisted candidates for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013 have now been unveiled and we are delighted that King’s College London has been shortlisted for a THE Award in the ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ category.

The project shortlisted is entitled “Train the Trainers – developing the teaching and training skills of postdoctoral researchers” and aims to harness the skills and experience of our postdoc community by training and mentoring them to deliver personal and professional skills development sessions to PhD students. The project also aims to enhance the career prospects of our postdocs by enabling them to develop teaching and training skills which are necessary for progression into an academic career. The project runs annually and there will be an opportunity for most postdocs to be trained in Spring 2014.

This project is part of the portfolio of work done by the Researcher Development Unit based in the Graduate School at King’s. The Researcher Development Unit’s mission is to provide high quality personal, professional and career development for all researchers at King’s, in line with the policies from funders, the QAA and the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers. The work done by the RDU with post-docs has also been recognised by the award of the HR Excellence in Research badge.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 28 November 2013.

http://www.the-awards.co.uk/the2013/shortlist