My interview with Dr Ye Liu, Department of International Development

Hello everyone! This is Farah, Subject Ambassador for International Development.

Later this year you’ll be starting a new journey at King’s meeting new fellow students and one of a kind academic staff. To give you an insight of one of the professors who is part of the faculty, I have interviewed Dr Ye Liu, a lecturer in International Development at King’s. I have asked her some of the questions that might be going through your mind.

Q1. Why did you choose the field of ‘International Development’ and the academia pathway?

“I was born and raised in China and I almost spend my whole career in education; I went to university specializing in teacher training as an English teacher. I later received my master’s degree in the UK in Comparative Education. I was very curious about educational provision across different countries, that was actually the starting point for me in International Development. I was very interested to know why some countries had free state education, while other countries still lack behind in terms of providing access to education. I later obtained a scholarship to do my PhD. I firmly believe in educational rights and all children around the world should be able to have the opportunity for free and meaningful education, however, it is still a long way to go.”

 

Q2. Teaching methods have diverted from literature only, what are your favourite TED talks or podcasts that you recommend students to watch/listen to, in order to expand their knowledge in International Development?

“I think that the beauty of studying in the education in the UK is the creativity in teaching methods. We do not use the ‘traditional’ text book curriculum, we encourage students to explore all different methods and sources of learning. Podcasts are very important sources in terms for interrogating and analysing different methods. I highly recommend my colleague’s podcast, Dr Alice Evans. She interviewed a wide range of scholars in International Development, I encourage all students to listen to her wide range of topics.”

 

Q3. Since you were an international student in the UK, what advice to do you have for incoming international students?

“London is such an exciting place to study, however I once was an international student and remember how such a big city can be overwhelming. I highly encourage students to engage in community learning, as a lot of research has proven that community learning has the best academic results. Students should be involved in small learning and reading groups, attending public lectures across different universities in London. London can also be an isolating and intimating at first, so a small community-based learning group can help students adjust to the busy city lifestyle and create new friendships.”

 

Q4. What tips do you have for students looking to explore their career in international development?

“I encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities available at King’s and connecting with the department’s career member and attending the events organised by our department. We also have a very strong alumni networks, such as Development Monday, a public talk about any topic related to International Development. We also have many opportunities and internships related to the fields of development. Other than the department efforts, the King’s career centre is also highly committed to support students to find career opportunities. Lastly, London is a metropolitan city that has many NGOs and organisations that specialize in different international development fields.”

Link to Dr Alice Evans podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/user-845572280

I hope you guys enjoyed this interview!

Best Wishes,

Farah

 

 

Top 5 tips for returning to university

Hello!

Whether you’re returning to university to study a postgraduate course one year or twenty years after your undergraduate degree, the thought of returning back to university life can sometimes be a bit daunting, but don’t worry, I’ve written my top 5 tips for returning to university to help you ease back into student life!

1. Ensure you read the materials provided

Take the time to read all the materials provided on the King’s webpages and on your email, and if something is not clear, then ask!  King’s does a great job of publishing useful content on its online course pages and emails, but do feel free to contact someone if you have any queries at all!

2. Do some background reading

The goal here is not to jump start and do all the reading before the course begins, but to lay the foundations and to help you get back into reading. Ensure you check your offer holder webpages closer to September, as these will be updated with useful information, including recommended reading lists!

3. Learn more about your academics

Some department webpages include lists of recently published books by King’s academics. Many of the books can be found in bookstores, and a lot of journals and articles accessed online.  Also, many academics have done interviews and presentations which are available to watch on the King’s YouTube channel.

4. Academic writing

Writing is a big part of postgraduate studies! There are countless books and online tools to help refresh your skills. King’s also offers Academic English and Skills sessions for when you arrive for your studies! Check out the available sessions here.

5. Library access

King’s has a library partnership across London, meaning you can access other London libraries as well as King’s! The King’s library is full of useful information.  Personally I found it very useful to practice finding resources, so that when my modules started, I had an idea of where to locate certain materials.

I hope you found my tops tips helpful and I wish you all the best in your future studies!

Best wishes,

Michael, Security, Leadership and Society MSc

 

Why I chose to study at King’s – by Hannah

Hi everyone,

My name’s Hannah, and I’m a current Global Health & Social Justice MSc student here at King’s! I wanted to write to you a bit about why I personally chose King’s, and why I chose my course in particular!

Why I chose King’s

The renowned and well-respected reputation of King’s, and it’s ranking amongst the top 25 universities in the world, was just one of the many reasons that I chose to study at King’s. Having grown up in a small town and studied at Exeter for my undergraduate degree, I felt ‘the big city’ calling as I started to think about post-graduate studies. The central location of King’s was a major pull factor for me when I was considering which university to study at. King’s central location provides opportunities to volunteer with international organisations based in London, opportunities to attend public lectures, and opportunities to take part in internships!

The view from King’s Stand campus, centrally located close to the iconic London Eye and Houses of Parliament!

King’s is an incredibly diverse university, made up of nearly 40% international students from over 150 countries. This creates an attractive welcoming environment and offers a wide-range culturally diverse student body, something that I was excited to be a part of. When deciding to study at King’s I was also thinking about post-masters life and job prospects. King’s is at the forefront of cutting edge research, something which is incorporated into our postgraduate teaching. King’s provides a great learning environment, and is part of a global community that opens doors to many opportunities such as internships and volunteering, encouraging you to explore new interests.

Why I chose Global Health & Social Justice MSc

Choosing a postgraduate course is a challenge – you usually only get one year to study one programme. As soon as I found the Global Health & Social Justice MSc at King’s I knew that it was everything I was looking for. It is a unique course that combines the study of social science and anthropology with philosophy and covers a vast range of topics. I was particularly drawn to this course due to the social justice perspective that it focuses on, a topic that I had explored through volunteering opportunities and wanted to learn about in more detail, particularly in relation to global health inequalities. The interdisciplinary approach to this course that also extends to the diverse and exciting research options on offer were also an important factor for me, I wanted to be challenged and to explore ways of thinking that were different from my science background.

The Global Health & Social Medicine department is part of the King’s Global Health network, which also includes many global connections. Knowing about this fantastic network is also what prompted me to apply to this course. The department offers opportunities to explore a wide range of interests, with interesting seminars always on offer and a chance to learn about and experience cutting edge research.

I hope you enjoyed my post!

Best wishes,

Hannah, Global Health & Social Justice MSc