In need of support?

Hi,

I’m Andreea and I’m a second year Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc student.

Support is a key word when thinking about your future as a student. When delving into this big unknown that is university, you need to be assured there will be help along the way and guidance will be in abundance. I’m here to tell you not to worry, for King’s has a well-developed network of support, for all sorts of concerns like how to find a book in the library, to career planning.

At the start, you will be assigned a personal tutor. You can go to them in search of feedback, tips, counsel – your very own guardian angel, if you wish. Then comes your department’s head and your programme director – any issue whatsoever with your course, do let them know, as they love to help however they can and gain insights from their students. From a more procedural perspective, however, the programme officer is your safest bet.

On a more grassroots level, your teachers will be of invaluable support. Don’t be shy, make sure to chat to them after lectures if you have questions, or drop them an email for queries, or pay them a visit in their office hours – these specially-designed one-on-one sessions are there for your taking. Rounding up your academic support will be the Study Skills team, which will be more than happy to deliver assistance that allows you to fulfil your potential! You will also get a helping hand from the Libraries Team – they will facilitate all your needed resources: reading lists, book requests, inter library loans… you name it!

Next up, we perhaps have the most important mechanism of support – the stellar King’s Careers & Employability department. Preparing you for your future from the get-go, they will host events throughout the year that will allow you to discover careers in different sectors. They’ll also have career guidance sessions, CV and interview workshops, and King’s exclusive opportunities like part-time jobs, internships, and graduate schemes.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll benefit from the support of your peers in the environment you feel most comfortable in. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a debater, a chocolate-lover, or a musician, you can find your place in one of the over 300 student societies & groups. They’ll welcome you with open arms and soon London will truly feel like a second home.

I hope these snippets of university-life have been enough to alleviate some of your worries, but nonetheless, you’ll experience them yourself in autumn and King’s will be with you every step of the journey.

Best wishes,

Andreea

Student Support

Hi,

I’m Charlotte, an undergraduate student on the International Relations BA.

Starting out in a new city with unfamiliar people can be daunting. Adjusting to unfamiliar structures at university can be confusing. Dealing with assignments and deadlines on top of coping with the responsibilities of “adulting” whilst entertaining a social life and hobbies can be overwhelming.  Believe me, it is completely normal to feel as if it’s all too much sometimes. None of us are superheroes.

At times like this, the most important thing is a solid support system to catch you if you fall or to merely remove some of the burden and answer your questions. King’s offers a multi-faceted Student Support system for overcoming smaller and bigger obstacles:

Very recently in June, King’s launched Student Services Online. Here you can find articles on practical questions like “How can I register with a doctor and/or dentist?”, “How do I pay my fees?” or “How will Brexit affect me?”. Other specific issue areas are also covered, spanning from disability support to your course assessment or assistance with visa and housing. Check out the twitter account @kclstudent to get updates on what is going on as well as tips and tricks to navigate your life as a student at King’s.

Of course, you may also send an email to Student Services directly, drop in personally or set up an appointment to talk to an Officer at Strand, Waterloo, Guy’s and Denmark Hill campus. Our experts are excellent at sorting out your queries, so you can focus on what’s most important to you.

  • Your personal tutor is a great resource within your academic department that you can speak to should you be experiencing personal and university-related challenges.  They can will listen and help you access the relevant support and resources.
  • Big White Wall is a safe and anonymous online space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through.
  • KCL Peer Supporters offers an easily accessible and relatively informal opportunity to talk through issues which may be concerning students.
  • The KCLSU Positive Peers provide peer-led, wellbeing-enhancing workshops
  • The chaplains offer support to students of all faiths and none. You can email in advance to arrange a time to talk or drop by one of the chaplaincy rooms
  • The Counselling and Mental Health Support Team runs a number of workshops and groups, which cover a range of topics.

Hopefully, this blog post helped you to get a better idea of what services King’s provides to support its students. Now, you are aware of the different resources you can tap into to make your life a little easier. Just ask for help if you need some, it’s as simple as that!  🙂

Charlotte

Study Abroad Opportunities and Global Opportunities

Hello all!

Exams are now over and summer is here – but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t still loads of things to do within our department! In this blog I would like to share the different study abroad options available during your time at GHSM, before looking at other global opportunities you can explore.

In our department, there is the opportunity to study for a full year between your second and your final year (making your degree 4 years). This may sound daunting, however, given the options available, it is an opportunity worth exploring! In our department, there are 5 options for travel including, the University of Melbourne (Australia), University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (USA), John Hopkins University (USA), National University of Singapore (Singapore), and Western University in Ontario (Canada). Although, I never studied abroad, a lot of my friends did and had a blast! The module selection aligns with our curriculum, but can also be more specialised to tailor your interests for example in gender studies or in mental health. There is so much room for academic development as well as personal development, with the different extracurricular events. For example, one of my course mates joined the dance society and featured in the music video of a famous Singaporean singer!

If a whole year seems excessive, there are still other opportunities to explore within our department in the summer and beyond. King’s has a global summer scheme in which students from all departments can study or explore internship opportunities in partner universities, in an exchange scheme. Within our department, destinations include Switzerland, Egypt and China – the opportunities within these host universities include shadowing global health professionals, attending conferences and even having the opportunity to contribute to some research. Our department also offers global internship opportunities including undertaking a mental health research placement in Rio Janiero (Brazil), working on social medicine research on HIV prevention in Cape Town and lastly the Tata Internship on cancer research in India. So there’s no need to be sitting at home bored and doing nothing during the summer!

During your time at King’s, be sure to make use of the Global Mobility team as well as peer advisors within our department for more information!

Best wishes,

Beauty

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Hi,

It’s Vanouhi here.

International Development is a multi-disciplinary degree that can take you anywhere you want it to take you! Career options are varied and range from the topics that are prevalent in the degree such as politics and social justice, but it could also get you jobs within journalism, PR and business… Thanks to this choice, I’m not sure where I see myself in five years’ time. However, I am currently enjoying modules that are more social justice and politics related, so I think it would be interesting to work within those fields, whether that is within an NGO or a government organisation.

King’s CareerConnect is a great resource at King’s offering career support. Through this, you can book an appointment for career events, as well as finding internships and vacancies. They can also help to improve your CV and build your confidence for job interviews.

Alumni events organised by King’s CareerConnect are particularly helpful as you get to hear what graduates have done since they left the department, and what their experience has been.  I’ve learned a lot through these so I’m sure I’ll be very happy wherever I am in five years time.

Bye,

Vanouhi

Careers

Hi, it’s Aiyesha here.

I’d like to talk to you about careers this month.

As a 1st Year BSc Geography student, I am not sure what I want to do after I finish my degree.  It’s great to study a degree that provides so many skills, and this creates a lot of options when choosing a career path after graduation. What’s great at King’s is that there is so much help available in exploring future careers.

King’s Careers & Employability is very useful.   Here are some of the services they offer:

  • Discover – for those who are just starting to explore career paths as I am. Attend career events and sector specific panels.
  • Focus – for students with some ideas of career options. Talk to a Careers Consultant and apply for unique internships through King’s CareerConnect.
  • Action –for students who have a clear idea of what they want to pursue. Develop interview skills and have your CV looked at.

Coming from a widening participation background, not only is there additional support from King’s but also from partnered charities such as UpReach.  As an UpReach associate, I have a mentor and am able to attend insight days with employers like KPMG which helps to gain in-depth knowledge on certain careers. In December, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Careers Academy day, hosted by Aviva, which allowed me to explore various sectors such as consulting and to network with other students and employers.

Many people are unsure of what they want to do when they leave university. However, the support available at King’s makes it easier.  Taking steps to find out what career you want will help you to maximise your potential. You can always begin by creating a LinkedIn profile!

Make sure to always shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!

Best of luck,

Aiyesha, BSc Geography

Finding Accommodation

Hello offer holders,

This month I wanted to write a post about Accommodation.

Moving away from home to study at university is a big step, especially when moving to a large city like London. You may find yourself asking ‘Where am I going to live?’,  ‘How much rent will I have to pay?’, ‘What are the options?’ I will be addressing these big questions in my blog!

First of all, it’s not really a secret, but London can be expensive- however, don’t be disheartened by this. Thousands of students study in London so there are ways to make it work!

The most obvious choice for students is to live in King’s student residences. It is the easiest way to get started if you’re new to the city as you don’t have to spend time searching for places to live and you don’t have to deal with landlords. King’s offers a broad range of different halls all situated in and around central London. In addition to King’s residences, Intercollegiate Halls are also a great option as you get to meet and live with students from other universities outside of King’s. If you want to consider these type of halls, you can have a look at independent providers such as Urbanest or Chapter. You can contact the King’s Residences team for further information about any of these options!

When it comes to accommodation-hunting in general, I would recommend taking time to identify your needs, so you can have clear picture of what you are looking for. Questions you might want to ask yourself include:

  1. What is your budget? -Most residential prices are broken down weekly rather than monthly.
  2. What is the proximity to campus and how would you get there? -Keep in mind that King’s has four campuses so check where your teaching will take place. For SSPP, Strand and Waterloo are the two main campuses. Finding accommodation further away from campus might save you some money, however, you need to factor in the commute, i.e. money for a monthly travel pass. Zone 1 and 2 are around the same price with student discount. For Zones 3+, you would have to pay more.
  3. What are your personal preferences? -The majority of student residences are small, however, there is a multitude of different options available ranging from sharing a room, having your own bathroom, self-catered, sharing a kitchen between a group of people, the list goes on. It might be tempting to save some money by compromising your preferences, but be careful about stretching yourself too far. At the end of the day, this place is going to be your home for a year, so you want to find a place that makes you feel comfortable.

Overall my top tip is to take time to do your research and if you have any queries at all, please feel free to contact our King’s residences team via email, phone or through instant chat on their web page.

Good luck with finding your accommodation search!

Best Wishes,

Charlotte

 

My top spots to study around campus

Hi guys! Gloria here.

This month I wanted to share with you some of my favorite spots to study around King’s!

The below spot is the main room on the Ground Floor of Maughan Library. It is simply beautiful and being surrounded by so many exquisite books is highly motivating.

You can also enjoy a more private room in the library with a view of the thoughtful ‘Confucius’ Statue outside urging you on to study more!

The below location is right outside the Strand campus, it’s a lovely place to take your studies to the outdoors, provided the weather allows it of course!

There is also the Waterloo Library, which has a much more modern feel to it and it is ideal for taking advantage of the abundance of desktop computers, laptops, and printers on sight.

Lastly, one of my favorite hidden spots can be found on the 3rd floor of the Waterloo Campus. There is no view, but it is the comfiest of them all!

Hope you enjoyed my post!

Best wishes,

Gloria, BA War Studies

 

My time at European Week

Hi, Alana here!

During February, I managed to go to a couple of the events organised by the KCL European Society for their annual European Week, and I thought I would write a little about them for you to give you a flavour of the kind of events you will be able to attend as a King’s student!

Every year the European Society organises European Week, which is a series of events with panels of prominent speakers on current issues and debates within European politics. This year’s theme was ‘Europe under pressure’, and the themes were EU-Russia and EU-Turkey relations, the migrant crisis, Brexit and terrorism.

The first event I attended was EU-Russian relations: Friend or Foe? The three panellists were Ian Bond, foreign policy director at the Centre for European Reform, Mathieu Boulègue, research fellow at Chatham House, and Daragh McDowell, Russian and CIS specialist at a leading risk consultancy. It’s great to be able to attend events with speakers from leading think tanks like the Centre for European Reform and Chatham House, as well as from the private sector – it gives a really good mix of perspectives on the issues!

Each speaker had the chance to give their perspective on some of the key issues in the EU-Russia relationship today. Some of the things I found really interesting were discussions on the tensions in the shared neighbourhood which has led to the paralysis of EU-Russia relations for several years, as well as discussions of Russian perceptions of Europe, in which it struggles to recognise the EU as an actor on the global stage. This event linked really well with a class I am taking this year – The EU in the International System – in which we have studied EU-Russia relations as well as the nature of the EU as a global actor. This is one of the things I really like about attending events such as these, as they always link to something you are currently studying and can encourage you to think further and go beyond simply what you have studied in class!

Next, I went to the Threat of Terrorism within Europe. The speakers were Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, Peter Round, Senior Fellow for European Defence at the International Institute for Security Studies, Shashank Joshi, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and Dr Samir Puri, lecturer in the Department of War Studies specialising in terrorism and counter-terrorism. Again, this event had a really diverse mix of guests on the panel!

I have always been very interested in the area of counter-terrorism; I have researched it quite a bit during my degree at King’s and am considering pursing it at postgraduate level, so I found this event particularly insightful! The guest speakers discussed the changing nature of the terrorist threat today and especially how European states can respond to this effectively through measures such as targeting online propaganda and addressing individual vulnerabilities to radicalisation. They also discussed the need for the EU to be united in finding common solutions to this threat despite political issues or differences, as well as the inherent tensions between counter-terrorism measures and European liberal democratic values.

At both events the floor was then left open for questions from the audience. Lots of things were discussed, from EU sanctions towards Russia to the potential impact of Brexit and the Trump administration on counter-terrorism cooperation in Europe. This is really a chance to explore further and question any of the issues mentioned by the speakers and start a real debate. The events finished off with a drinks reception where we were able to talk further with each of the speakers, ask any more questions we have or follow up anything they discussed during the panel.

I would really encourage you to take advantage of events such as these as a King’s student, they let you explore topics further outside of regular classes, meet other students and staff, and listen to perspectives on issues beyond academia. They are also a really great opportunity for networking!

Best wishes,

Alana- BA European Studies (French Pathway)

 

5 minutes with Dr James Scott, Lecturer in International Politics

Hi everyone, Alice here!

I recently conducted a quick interview with Dr James Scott, who is not only a Lecturer with the Department of Political Economy, but also teaches my International Institutions and Global Governance module. As a Lecturer who gets involved in student representation and teaches popular international relations courses you’re sure to see him around the campus soon! Read about my interview with Dr Scott below.

What was your route to teaching at King’s?

I studied Physics and Philosophy as an undergraduate and halfway through I realised I had a greater interest in politics and development. I became a bit bored with Maths and decided to jump ship for my Masters, which I believe was linked to reading Germaine Greer’s ‘The Female Eunuch’ aged 19. It made me look at the world from a totally different angle and realise how to interpret what was going on around me. I then became more interested in social sciences, taking on a Masters in Development Studies and a PhD in International Political Economy. I ended up in academia as I really enjoyed being a ‘permanent student’ in a way.

What was your first impression when you came to King’s?

For me, the department was the most important part of coming to King’s, it is unique. Not just for the fact it is the only Political Economy department, but the way in which everyone is open-minded about different approaches. It is quite common in academia for departments to be divided across different theoretical approaches, and there aren’t a lot of places to work that are this fantastically friendly. Everyone is very committed, and this is definitely shown by the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, where student representatives feedback to us about the department. Right from the outset I’ve been to so many meetings which focus on students’ satisfaction and continual improvement to make the department the best it can be.

Any advice to new King’s students?

Academically, I would recommend reading. Socially, university is a wonderful time to broaden your horizons and social circles. Even if you’re commuting, or have friends in London already, make the most of it. This is possibly the first time where you’re thrown together with people from majorly diverse backgrounds and use it as an opportunity to see beyond the surroundings you’ve grown up in.

Quirky fact about yourself?

I was Macclesfield Astra Zeneca Bridge Champion 2009, I don’t think I need to say much more about that!

I hope you enjoyed my interview!

Best wishes,

Alice, BSc Political Economy

My Geography Trips Abroad- By Arkam

Hello offer holders!

I hope you are all well! If you are in the UK I hope you’ve been coping with the recent snow! For this month’s blog, I will tell you guys about my Geography field trips to Spain and San Francisco.

We went to Spain in our first year (All 150+ of us). It was one of the best weeks of my life! We had so much fun. We all had our little groups before going on the trip but on the trip, we all came together like a big family and got to know each other. As a result, our whole year is so close. The department covered everything for the trip for the year we went, so we didn’t have to pay for anything which was nice.

BSc Geographers group photo.

Here we are using some cup- anemometers to investigate soil erosion by wind. This was a really fun day!

Now some photos from the San Francisco field trip. In your second year, usually in February, all Geography students go on field trips. BSc students can go to places such as India or Morocco whereas BA students can go to places such as India, San Francisco or Hong Kong. It was once again an absolutely amazing experience, that I will remember forever. You get an option to stay for an extra week and I decided to go to LA with some friends. Below are some of the things that we did while in the US.

Our research project in the US looked at how the current political climate was affecting the Latino community in the Mission district. In the mission, every wall was covered with murals, each telling a different tale of the neighbourhood. This project made me fall in love with human geography field work.

We ate a lot of doughnuts of course.

Last day in San Francisco included going to Alcatraz Island which was once again amazing!!

In our second week in LA we did all the touristy things that you can do including going on a trip to Venice beach.

Finally, both of the field trips were absolutely amazing, by far the best experiences that I will remember forever. I hope that has given you an insight into the fieldtrips and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Best of luck with everything and take care. : )

Arkam- BSc Geography