Student support at King’s

Hi,

I’m Natalia and I’m a Public Policy MA student.  I’d like to tell you a bit about support services available at King’s.

In addition to the great academic experience, the University will provide you with a network of support and services that will allow you to maximize your potential and make the most of this opportunity after you have left. Welcome Week which is held before the first week of classes is very helpful because it will provide advice on visas, the academic and grading system in the UK (which is helpful for international students), money management and accommodation, health services, among many others. Although this week is not compulsory, it is very informative about what to expect in academic terms and about living in London.

Regarding the academic aspect, you will be assigned a personal tutor who makes part of your Department and will guide you throughout the academic year. This person is your contact point from academic inquiries to personal issues and general advice. Additionally, professors in the University are truly there for students, are available during office hours or are willing to arrange a meeting, and making use of this time, their knowledge and expertise is extremely valuable.

Another great advantage is the Career Services that assists students in determining their career path, helping them in the application process for internships and jobs by reviewing their CVs, cover letters, arranging mock interviews, among many others. Numerous events are held throughout the year and range from conferences with employers in different areas to networking events with alumni, job fairs, visa information sessions for international students who want to stay longer in the UK, among many others. In short, you can have countless meetings with the careers team in order to make the most out of your degree and your future opportunities.

Additionally, the University also has a King’s Talent Bank of part time jobs for students and alumni, which facilitates the process of finding a job for students who need some extra earnings during their studies. Another area of student support are health services that are offered at the on-campus NHS Clinic at Bush House, as well as counselling services. Furthermore, the Student Union also holds wellbeing activities and yoga and sports sessions that help students relax and enjoy their time at KCL.

Finally, one of the greatest advantages of King’s is that it gives you access to one of the most vibrant cities in the world. London adds so much to your experience because of the endless conferences, events, and networking opportunities that you can access. This is worth mentioning because the University provides access to many conferences and events that are generally closed to the public. In short, student support and services at King’s College London are comprehensive, they enrich your University experience, and will help you further your career after graduating.

I hope you enjoy your time at King’s as much as I have.

Natalia

Taking Time Out and King’s Student Support

Hi, I’m Maddy and I’m a postgraduate student studying International Peace and Security here at King’s.

As a King’s student you can get support, advice and help for a range of issues from a variety of sources. Most of this can be found on the Student Services Website.

As we all know, exam and essay season can be a stressful time of the university experience, especially when you’re on a one-year master’s programme. This is also true of those of us with dissertations as this is our primary focus for the summer term. Luckily King’s have a range of support services available that are well worth looking into and are available throughout your time here.

During the exam season one of the most fun services is the ‘Take Time Out’ initiative that focuses on making sure that students are taking enough breaks during revision and essay writing. Most of us are guilty of not relaxing during stressful work periods and this is a really fun way to try to relax. There are loads of activities in the Take Time Out tents that are across lots of King’s campus locations. Activities include games, yoga and even free smoothies! There is also my favourite, the ‘doggy de-stress’ which is a puppy therapy day! It’s a really nice reminder not to neglect taking time out, even if it is on your way to or from studying.

Along the theme of exam stress, King’s also has numerous resources if you are struggling with the pressure or just need to talk about it with someone. They can often point you to websites and charities that can equip you with how to deal with the stress of university life. There are also extensive groups and workshops run by the Counselling & Mental Health Support Team.

Academic support is also crucial to keeping on top of and making the most of your studies. Your own department will advertise and promote theirs. There are extensive Library Services, which I found especially helpful when I first started and was getting used to new systems and referencing styles.

On the practical side, the Advice and Guidance Team is available to help on a range of topics such as money, accommodation and help for international students. This is especially helpful if you are studying in London or the UK for the first time and need some guidance.

These are just some examples of the support available to students at King’s to enhance your experience and make sure that you get the most out of your time here.

All the best,
Maddy