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KCLA is a self-governing association of former students and staff who value their link with King’s. Founded in 1920, we continue to provide alumni with opportunities to participate in the King’s community, and thereby help King’s achieve its vision to make the world a better place.

KCLA Centenary Conversations: Illuminating Covid-19

You will be aware from the media that King’s is a world leader in understanding and treating Covid-19. You may not be aware that  staff are equally engaged in researching the mental health, ethical, political, economic and social impacts of the pandemic. The aim of this series of conversations is to share their insights and thinking to help you better appreciate the complexity of Covid-19 and its impact.

Each virtual seminar will last one hour from 18.00 to 19.00. Two speakers will briefly address the topic, after which there will be time for moderated questions and discussion.  Alumni who register for the webinars will be invited to propose questions in advance as well as have an opportunity to post questions on the evening. 

The titles of the conversations are:

6 October                    Understanding and treating Covid-19

13 October                  The national governance of a global pandemic

20 October                  Ethical issues in treating Covid-19

27 October                  The impact of Covid-19 on mental health

3 November                Rebuilding our economy and society

10 November              The impact of Covid-19 on developing countries

A detailed programme with the names of chairs and speakers is listed below. You can register for the entire series, which will be delivered via Zoom, here.

You will need your alumni number to register. This is available immediately above the salutation in your personalised enews. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinars. You will then be able to join all six webinars or select just those that interest you. For enquiries, please contact the Chair of KCLA, Barrie Morgan.

KCLA Annual Address

The series will be immediately followed on Wednesday 18 November by the KCLA Annual Address, which will be given this year by the King's President & Principal, Professor Edward Byrne AC. Professor Byrne will present on ‘King's today and tomorrow, what a great university must contribute to the wider world’. You can register for the Annual Address, which will be delivered via Zoom, here.

Detailed programme with names of speakers and chairs:

Tuesday, 6 October at 18.00

Understanding and treating Covid-19
Dr Ian Abbs, Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Claire Steves, Clinical Senior Lecturer and  Consultant Geriatrician at Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
Chair: Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Emeritus Senior Vice-President (Health) King’s College London

Tuesday, 13 October at 18.00

The governance of a global pandemic
Professor Ewan Ferlie, Professor of Public Services Management
Professor Kenji Shibuya, Director of the Institute of Population Health
Chair: Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, formerly Vice-Principal and Dean of the Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals' Medical and Dental School

Tuesday, 20 October at 18.00

The ethical dilemmas in treating and managing Covid-19
Professor Peter Littlejohns, Professor of Public Health
Dr Natasha Curran, Joint Director of Clinical Strategy, Kings Health Partners
Chair: Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Professor of Nursing Policy and President of Royal College of Nursing

Tuesday, 27 October at 18.00

The impact of Covid-19 on mental health
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Professor of Psychological Medicine and President of Royal Society of Medicine
Professor Melanie Abas, Professor of Global Mental Health
Chair: To be appointed

Tuesday, 3 November at 18.00

Rebuilding our economy and society
Speakers to be appointed
ChairProfessor Evelyn Welch, Senior Vice President / Provost (Arts and Sciences)

Tuesday, 10 November at 18.00

The impact of Covid-19 on developing countries
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Vice Principal (International) and Professor of Security 
Dr Vinicius De Carvalho, Senior Lecturer in Brazilian Studies
Chair: Diana Garnham, President of KCLA

Further reading

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2 September 2020

Reunions in a pandemic

What do reunions look like in a pandemic? Two alumni report on recent online get-togethers.