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Research Staff Event 2017

RS Event 2017 HeaderThanks to everyone who came to this event. 

We will be posting videos of the talks very soon. You can see what some researchers were saying about Getting Your Voice Heard here.

Join the debate on how research staff are heard at King’s. Explore different ways and environments to express your views. Learn how you can make a difference for yourself and the research staff community.  

Your voice as a member of research staff is paramount to King's and society. At this event you will learn effective ways to express your views and expertise in a wide variety of areas, including with policy makers, the public, academics in your field and collectively as the Research Staff Community at King’s.

By hearing from keynote speakers, attending workshops, meeting your peers and other King's staff, and joining in the debate you will hone your existing skills and uncover new approaches to communicating. You will be given the opportunity to test these skills by entering the event competition. Prizes will be awarded to the team submitting the best entry.

Research Staff Debate: This House believes that King's listens to its research staff

Debating skills are essential to public life. The first universities that were established recognised rhetoric (speaking), together with grammar (reading) and logic (writing) as the three skills that are essential for leadership and promotion of the best ideas. The ability to create, present, and evaluate ideas is argued to remain essential to democracy and commerce in modern societies, however recent public and political discourse has shown that the purpose and style of public debate has changed.

Much of this day will encourage you to think about your role as a researcher in your own research community and in the wider world. The purpose of this debate is for you to consider your collective role as the research staff community at King's. There will be two teams, one debating for and one against the motion. Each team will have 4 debaters and up to 6 support team members who will help research the motion & create opening/closing arguments. The team allocations will be random. If you wish to be on one of these teams, you must register for Workshop 1E. 



10:00   Welcome

Professor Reza Rezavi, Vice President and Vice-Principal, Research & Innovation, King's College London

10:10   Centre for Research Staff Development Update

Dr Kathy Barrett, University Lead for Research Staff Development, King's College London

10:20   Keynote 1: History of Experts in Society

Dr Christine Kenyon-Jones, Writer, External Relations Directorate, King's College London

Dr Christine Kenyon Jones is the Writer in External Relations and a Research Fellow in the Department of English at King’s. She is the author of In the Service of Society, an illustrated history published to celebrate King’s 175th anniversary in 2004, and The Council: A Portrait which traced the history of the College Council up to 2007.

Her talk explores the great variety of historical contributions to society by staff from King’s and its constituent institutions and focuses on some of the more and less successful ways in which King’s experts have promoted their research and made their voices heard.

10:45   Keynote 2: Why Truth Matters; The role of experts and universities in a post-fact world 

Professor Jonathan Grant, Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy, King's College London

Jonathan was Director of the Policy Institute between 2014 and 2017, and then appointed Assistant Principal for Strategy in October 2015, tasked with leading the development a new Strategic Vision for King’s, which was published in January 2017. Subsequently, Jonathan was invited to oversee the implementation of the Strategic Vision, as Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy.  Jonathan’s main research interests are on biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making.  Jonathan was formerly President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, and Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” as Lord Acton famously said in 1887. Perhaps today we can paraphrase this to ‘lies corrupt and absolute lies corrupt absolutely’. In the EU referendum, the US presidential elections and this year’s UK general election, it seems that the winner is the side that can mislead the most effectively. People have used various phrases to describe this phenomenon – post-truth politics, truth decay, post-fact democracy – as well as explanations for it such as declining standards in public life, the advent of social media, echo chambers, etc. However there has been little discussion on what to do about it.  This talk will explore how experts and universities can react to this existential threat to their being, arguing that there is a “positive moment of uncertainty” to engage, influence and defend the need for truth based decision making. 

11:10   Break

11:25   Workshops 1: Areas in which to get your Voice Heard

These workshops are designed to help you learn about the various areas in which you may want to consider getting your voice heard.

You are required to select your preferred workshop when you register. Please read the information below.  

Important Information

A. Public Engagement 

Jamie Dorey, Public Engagement Manager, Science Gallery London

Jamie works with King’s researchers, helping them achieve greater impact from their research through the development and delivery of meaningful public engagement activities. Jamie has worked in science communication for 10 years, most recently completing his PhD, joint funded by CERN and the Open University, that explored the communication and engagement practices of CERN staff and researchers.  

In this workshop, Jamie will give an introduction to public engagement, exploring they ways in which public engagement can allow multiple voices to be heard. He will discuss the importance of public engagement for researchers and universities & provide you with tools and tips about choosing the right area of public engagement to showcase your research.

B. Creating a Winning Academic Profile

N.B. - Please note this workshop is now full. 

Professor Simon Tanner, Pro Vice Dean (Impact & Innovation), Arts & Humanities, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage, King's College London

Simon's research interests encompass measuring impact and assessing value in the digital domain for the GLAM sector, digital asset management, digitisation and imaging. In 2012, Simon published his Balanced Value Impact Model and is working with Europeana to develop their IMPKT toolkit. He tweets as @SimonTanner and blogs at

The modern academic is expected have visibility both within their field and the wider world; however, this can be a daunting task when faced with an ever-increasing number of available platforms to display your research profile. Simon will help you consider how to get your digital voice heard. He will give advice on how to develop a digital academic profile using tools such as social media, blogs, and webpages to enhance your research profile but also how to use them as part of an active research or current awareness process.

C. Collaborative Research: Consulting & Creating

Jeremy Shorter, Learning Programme Manager, King's Entrepreneurship Institute, King's College London

Jeremy works at the King's Entrepreneurship Institute supporting the King's Enterprise Award. He is passionate about developing, enhancing and recognise enterprise activity, in economic, social and/or cultural contexts.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the process of developing ideas, entrepreneurial skill sets and other ways in which the Entrepreneurship Institute can support your development. You will hear from King's researchers who have developed successful ventures focusing on med tech and consultancy. This workshop will enable you to start to consider the steps you can take to move your own ideas forward or utilise your expertise consulting for external organisations.

D. Creating Language that is Inclusive of Research Staff

Candice Carboo, Lead for Development, Diversity and Cultural Change in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King's College London

Inclusive language respects and promotes all people as valued members of a community. For good reason, it forms part of our diversity and inclusion agenda, but how inclusive is our language of research staff? Is our daily discourse representative of research staff? To what extent do we feature news or achievements of research staff? What is the impact?

This interactive workshop will take a critical look at both good and bad examples; discuss progress being made; and engage with participants' feedback to identify future initiatives to creating language that is inclusive of research staff.

E. An Introduction to Effective Debating

Dr Amy Birch, Research Staff Development Consultant, Centre for Research Staff Development, King's College London

Dr Ross English, University Lead on Doctoral Student Development, Centre for Doctoral Studies, King's College London

Researchers who wish to be on one of the debate teams to debate the motion "This House believes that King's listens to its research staff" in the afternoon must register for this workshop. However, if you register for this workshop you do not have to speak in the debate - you may have another role in the team helping to research & form opening and closing arguments.

Amy Birch supports the research staff networks and delivers professional development workshops across King's. After completing her PhD in Neuroscience, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London for 6 years. She is a keen public speaker and debater. As a school pupil, she won a number of debating competitions and, as a researcher, she has taken part in public debates for I'm A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! and Pint of Science. Additionally, she has trained other researchers in presentation and public engagement skills.

Ross English has followed a varied career path; awarded his PhD from the University of Keele in 1999, he spent the briefest amount of time working part-time as a post-doc before a couple of years in the civil service. He was then lured back to academia and spent decade was spent lecturing in politics and American Studies before moving into the field of researcher development, firstly with the research council-funded organisation Vitae and then as University Lead on Doctoral Student Development at King’s College London. He delivers many training workshops for doctoral researchers, including presentation and communication skills.

This workshop introduce the basics of competitive debating, including the structure for the afternoon debate. We will explore what makes a good debater and the importance of language when engaging with non-experts. Following this workshop, each team will have the afternoon to complete their research and draft their opening and closing arguments. Each team will have a mentor who is an experienced debater to support them.

12:25   Lunch & Exhibition

During lunch, you will have the opportunity to engage with exhibitors from many different departments at King's and find out more about how they support you. Additionally, your faculty research staff representatives will be available to discuss any local or faculty-specific support that is available.


The Policy Institute

The Impact Team at the Policy Institute can provide informal advice for the best way for your research to achieve demonstrable impact on society beyond academia.

In addition, we can also provide a more formal working partnership to deliver a range of innovative and traditional engagement mechanisms to ensure your research is communicated effectively with policy makers and key stakeholders in your field.

The Policy Institute also delivers specialist Impact Training via two online courses (these will go live early September via skills forge). The two courses offered are:

  • Impact by Design Part I (Understanding impact and embedding into research)
  • Impact by Design Part II (Translating research into practice)

These modules seek to address the key issues researchers have raised as barriers to their work achieving the impact it needs to.  The courses are designed to provide researchers with a practical set of tools and techniques so their work makes a difference. This training is available to all staff at King’s.

The Policy Institute is hosted by the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. However, we work across the whole College and welcome enquiries from any Faculty.

EU Research Funding Office

The EU Research Funding Office is pleased to take part in the Research Staff Event 2017 and we look forward to meeting you there to clear any doubts about the status of EU funding for UK organisations, and to discuss funding opportunities for your career and research income needs.

Despite the result of the referendum on the UK remaining a member of the EU, UK universities are still fully eligible to apply to EU funding until March 2019 and be treated at the same level as organisations from any other European Union member state.

Collaboration and interdisciplinary is key for being successful in today’s funding world and we can support you in understanding how to address these criteria if you are still at the beginning of your academic career. We can help you finding the best platform where you can look for specific expertise and partners from other countries.

Our team will support anybody interested in applying for EU funding and can provide expert advisory and bespoke one-to-one writing support for the non-technical parts of the proposal. We will help you understand the specific requirements of the call, we will prepare the budget and we will manage contract negotiations with the funder and collaborators and provide ongoing post-award support to ensure the project is delivered successfully!

We organise specific info sessions at King’s for some of the most popular funding schemes like the European Research Council but we also provide individual support if you want to understand which funding opportunities are most suitable for you personally.

Please do not hesitate to visit us at the event or you can visit our website for updated twitter feeds, news and contact details.

Human Resources Directorate

The Human Resources Directorate (HR) is delighted to attend the Research Staff Event 2017 and will be represented by Sarah Wooding, Employment Relations & Policy Adviser, and Lesa Roberts, HR Adviser for the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and Professional Services. HR’s portfolio of services includes corporate and operational functions designed to facilitate effective organisational practice. Many of the questions we receive from Research staff concern King’s HR policies and procedures. A FAQ handout will be available at the event, and we would be very happy to answer any general queries that you may have. We look forward to meeting you.

Library Services

Library Services’ Research Support team provide a number of services dedicated to supporting researchers with their scholarly publications and research data. We assist with making research outputs more discoverable and openly accessible to a global audience, supporting deposit in King’s repository system Pure/the Research Portal, enhancing the potential for increased citation, re-use, and impact.

We assist King’s researchers with ensuring the eligibility of their publications for submission to REF2021, and meeting the open access and research data requirements of different funders. Support is provided through a programme of guidance, training, and advocacy at individual and departmental levels.

Contact details for further information and assistance:

Research Data Management:, 020 7848 1030
Open Access:                    , 020 7848 7298
Pure & the Research Portal:, 020 7848 7296
PhD e-theses:                    , 020 7848 7296
Copyright:                          , 020 7848 7292

King's Learning Institute

The Teaching Recognition at King’s programme offers the opportunity for King's staff involved in teaching and supporting learning to apply for HEA professional recognition, an internationally recognised badge of professional success.

Entrepreneurship Institute

The Entrepreneurship Institute exists to support entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King’s students, staff and alumni. No matter what career you have ahead of you, skills to innovate and to be entrepreneurial will be valuable. We support people to have careers as entrepreneurs and start up innovative new businesses and social enterprises, but also to be innovative in their chosen career. We create agile corporate employees, entrepreneurial public sector staff and innovative medics.

Careers and Employability

King’s Careers & Employability exists to help you understand the skills you have developed as a researcher, as well support you to achieve career success both during and after your time at King’s. We are here to provide you with the tools you might need to realise these goals.

We work with you to help bridge the gap to your future career through offering:

• guidance discussions (impartial and confidential conversations where you can discuss your interests and receive advice on potential careers and options), 

• CV and application feedback (which will allow you to present yourself at your best), 

• practice interviews and assessment centres (to help you prepare for the task ahead) and 

• workshops and training through the Centre for Doctoral Studies and the Centre for Research Staff Development (to help you reflect on your current situation and make plans for the future).

Careers Consultants Kate Murray and Donald Lush visit are available across all King’s campuses regularly; appointments for PhDs can be booked through King’s Careers Connect.  Research staff should call 020 7848 7134 to make an appointment or email

Science Gallery

Science Gallery London connects art, science and health to drive innovation in the heart of the city. Our new free-to-visit space will open in London Bridge in 2018. Based within Guy’s Campus of King’s College London, we will facilitate a creative and interdisciplinary dialogue between university researchers, staff and students with artists and the local community.

Research Policy and Ethics

The Research Policy and Ethics Office supports researchers in conducting their research in line with College policies and guidance. The Ethics team can offer advice on good research conduct, research ethics and when you need to seek ethical approval for your research (and where from) and can advise on any concerns related to research misconduct. The Policy team can advise on REF and more generally how the College can support you in conducting research of the highest quality. 

Public Relations

The Press Office at King’s plays a major role in publicising research from across the university, and raising researcher’s profiles with national and international media. The team manages the university’s corporate social media channels and Spotlight, a new digital channel which highlights impactful work. Engaging with the media can help to raise your profile and demonstrate the impact of your research, and should be carefully managed. Come and speak to us to find out more about what support we could provide you.

Green Labs @ KCL

Here we will display some materials and information on the sustainable and green laboratory programmes we have been running at KCL for 3 years, as well as general information on KCL sustainability. There will be information on how to join our lab-awards next year, and what they can do to get involved, with of course free resources (stickers, timers, etc).

More information about how to get involved can be found here.

Centre for Research Staff Development

The Centre for Research Staff Development provides support for research staff to achieve their potential, before, during and after their time at King’s, with active engagement from the most senior staff in the university. Research Staff at King’s are postdoctoral staff, research assistants, technicians and teaching fellows, in fact all those other than PhD students who are engaged in research and who do not yet have an independent, permanent academic or managerial position.     

We support your professional development in a number of different ways:

  • Support research staff representation on faculty and college research committees
  • Provide clear information about career opportunities for research staff within and beyond academia at every point of your time at King’s
  • Provide training workshops and events that are specifically tailored to support your professional development
  • Provide high-quality, timely information about opportunities within and outside King’s and information about what is happening in the Higher Education sector more generally
  • Provide one-to-one coaching support when requested

Come and talk to us about your future and building a vibrant research staff community.


King's is a member of HEaTeD, the leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce in higher and further education, and related organisations across the UK. This includes:

Continuous Professional Development

  • Over 250 specialist technical skills courses at subsidised prices, with multiple occurrences running across the UK and many that can be delivered as bespoke courses at Kings.
  • Access to HEaTED’s Competency Assessment Toolkit for Technical Staff (CATTS) to support the performance review process, improve succession planning and staff development.
  • Action planning, training needs analysis and student experience workshops for large groups of technical staff, at your internal technical conferences and at national technical conferences.
  • HEaTED’s Professional Development Route Map, ensuring all staff are aware of the opportunities available to them through HEaTED.

Professional Networks and Communications

  • The HEaTED team works across the UK to deliver face-to-face network events each year. Members can attend, host events, present and showcase their facilities and skills. 
  • Our Online Groups have over 2500 members. Members can access all HEaTED groups and request private online group space for their own institution

Professional Registration

  • All professional development opportunities provided by HEaTED can be used as CPD evidence/credits on applications for and renewal of Professional Registration with the Science council
Diversity and Inclusion

King's College London is committed to embedding good diversity and inclusion practice into all of its activities so that the university becomes a richer and more diverse place to work and study.

King's Diversity & Inclusion staff are situated in Human Resources. Our work covers both staff and student issues and our main responsibilities include:

  • advising on best practice in equalities – in particular ensuring the university is meeting its obligations under the Equality Act 2010

  • developing university strategy, policy and actions in relation to equalities

  • providing support and guidance on cases of bullying, harassment and discrimination

  • maintaining the university's staff networks and facilitating two-way communication to inform policy

  • delivering equality and diversity training for staff and students

  • initiating positive action initiatives such as mentoring schemes

  • facilitating progress with external charter marks such as Athena SWAN.

Organisation Development

The purpose of the Organisation Development is to support the institution in achieving its strategic aims through consultancy support on effective organisational practice and the provision of formal leadership, management and individual development. As well as larger projects such as the all Staff Experience/Survey and King's Behaviours, Organisation Development is playing a key role in both the High Performance Culture (HPC), and Professional Strengthening.  

Cultural Institute

Cultural King’s brokers collaborations between King’s academics and an extensive range of arts and cultural partners from our leading national organisations to cutting-edge creative SMEs and individual artists, providing a fertile space for innovative thinking and experimentation.  Cultural collaborations can enhance and mobilise research throughout the project lifecycle, from identifying cultural partners for a major grant application, through trialing and testing existing research in the sector, to working with artists and curators to engage the public.  We initiative, broker and support cultural collaborations using a variety of approaches including ideas labs and round-tables, seed-funding schemes, and bespoke, personal support. 

To see some of our recent projects:

Global Engagement, King's Worldwide

King’s Worldwide is the university’s hub for its international activity, helping it to flow naturally throughout everything King’s does. Creating opportunities for a range of collaborations, from academic research to student mobility, our aim is to ensure that internationalisation, across the university, has a positive impact on students, staff and the institution as a whole.

Within King’s Worldwide, the Global Engagement team is at the heart of international partnership management. The team facilitates, builds and develops partnerships between King’s, and its global network of institutions, by acting as a catalyst to create global pathways for students and staff; providing international context to unlock opportunities for engagement and impact; and connecting people to create knowledge and build global networks. By initiating, maintaining and developing key strategic education and research partnerships for King’s, Global Engagement contributes to the university’s vision for education, research and service.

A wide range of funding opportunities, supporting staff mobility and international collaboration with global partners, are also managed by the Global Engagement team. For more details, visit the International pages on the King’s intranet or get in touch with the team via email:

Research Staff Representatives

Research Staff Representative Committee

The King's College London-wide Research Staff Representative Committee (RSRC) represents research staff and their views at the highest level at King's by feeding directly into the College Research Committee and the Centre for Research Staff Development (CRSD). As such it serves as the point of contact for King's to receive feedback on agenda items concerning research staff, sharing best practice between faculties and dissemination of information. The RSRC comprises of representatives from each Faculty as well as one representative each for research technicians, research assistants and teaching fellows.

Contact us.

IoPPN Pre-Doc Network

The IoPPN Pre-Doctoral Research Network offers Research Assistants and Pre-Doctoral Staff to the opportunity to access professional development, peer support and professional networking. Network meetings are held regularly, and speakers are often invited to share their experiences with and offer support to group members.

You can join the network by emailing or by speaking to a member of our team today!

IoPPN Post-Doc Network

The IoPPN Postdoc Network aims to support career development and provide a voice for postdocs at the IoPPN

Dental Institute


UKRSA is a Vitae-associated group who aim to provide a collective voice for research staff across the UK. We sit on a number of committees and boards in order to represent the researcher experience and find out what the research world needs from researchers. UKRSA also meet regularly (both virtually and in person) to develop projects around issues that effect researchers. Recent projects include a study of parental leave requirements and provisions for contracted staff and the development of materials to support professional development in researchers. UKRSA can be contacted by email; Twitter @ukrsaVitae and via our website

FoLSM Research Staff Network

The Research Staff Network (RSN) is a Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine (FoLSM) initiative that is driven by a committee and representatives from Schools across the Faculty. The network's primary aim is to support research assistants, technicians and postdoctoral staff with career development, wellbeing, networking and training opportunities. The network is open to all research staff across FoLSM. 

Guy's Campus Research Staff Network

The Guy's campus research staff network is designed for the research staff community at Guy's campus. It aims to connect researchers with similar interests and techniques, to foster collaboration and the exchange of know-how. Representatives from Guy's campus departments get together to organise events and host an online platform for the facilitation of collaboration and communication of Guy's campus research staff.

Social Science and Public Policy Research Staff Committee

Our goal is to facilitate communication from and to researchers and teaching fellows within the faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, with the overall objective to enhance research conditions, opportunities, and participation in decision-making processes. On the one hand, we provide a forum for SSPP research staff and teaching fellows to share needs and challenges and bring them to bear on decision-making processes within the faculty. On the other hand, we offer a platform where SSPP research staff and teaching fellow can share and find useful information relating to their career development. This network gathers research staff and teaching fellows representatives at department level and supports and consolidates their action through transparent information sharing and collective action.

13:25   Workshops 2: How to Communicate

These workshops will provide you with various tools to communicate effectively. During the workshop you will work with research staff from different disciplines to produce an output that captures how to get your voice heard that will be submitted to a competition. 

You are required to select your preferred workshop when you register. Please read the information below. 

Important Information

A. Social Media

Mun-Keat Looi, Social Content Lead, Wellcome Trust

Mun-Keat is responsible for all social media content produced at the Wellcome Trust. She uses her creativity, audience knowledge, vision and nearly ten years of experience in social media - including founding the official Wellcome Facebook and Twitter channels in 2009 - to lead all social content campaigns and producers across this large and diverse organisation, one of the biggest science charities in the world. 

Social media is a huge opportunity to get yourself out there, but with so many millions speaking, how to be heard? This workshop will take a whistle stop tour through what different social media channels (particularly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) have to offer academics, who you can reach with these channels, how to build up an audience and some best practice examples of those that are doing it well. Questions and live experimentation are encouraged and we’ll run through some simple exercises like how to fit your message into 140 character tweet.

B. Creating Effective Video Content

Andrei Croitor, Film-maker & Founder, Croitor Media

Born in the USSR before moving to England as a child, Andrei has been a pugilist, pro-wrestler, publisher and performer. In the process, he founded three companies and got lost in Tokyo for year. Now, as a filmmaker and photographer, he continues to pursue his passion for telling powerful stories. He works with startups, corporates and agencies to bring their visions to life. His projects that range from fundraising campaigns, to ads, to feature films. Sometimes you can find him on the other side of the camera--he is still, after all, a pugilist and a performer.

The history of communication is a long one. Each technological advance makes the spread of memes and ideas easier and more effective than ever. From cave paintings to spoken and written language, each new form has added something; be it visual representation, broadcast capability, or simply a way of storing the information for future generations. Film & Video combine all of the advances in communication so far into an all out assault on the senses of the viewer, creating the most comprehensive method of communication, until the advent of smell-and-taste-too-o-vision.

The workshop will provide attendees with a strong foundation to create effective video content.

C. Writing for Non-Expert Audiences

Nicolette Jones and Harry Ritchie, Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows, King's College London

Professional writers Nicolette Jones and Harry Ritchie, who have been attached to Kings as Royal Literary Fund writing Fellows in the Graduate School, and have both written books and extensively for newspapers, will share advice from their hard-won experience at a workshop about reaching non-expert audiences through journalism, blogs and other forms of print.

D. Creative Ways to Communicate

Dr Matthew Allinson, Public Engagement and Communications Manager, Division of Imaging Science, King's College London

Matt started doing public engagement during his PhD in plastic electronics at Imperial, and has experience in doing engagement at festivals, fairs and online.

In this workshop we’ll be covering how to engage audiences with creative methods. Topics we’ll be covering will include:

    • Making your research story interactive

    • Face-to-face engagement, festivals, fairs and busking

    • Being creative online with competitions, twitter-bots and games.

E. Public Speaking

Simon Cain, Director of Westbourne Training & Consulting

Westbourne Training & Consulting are specialists in presentation skills, pitching skills and public speaking. Simon has worked with a wide range of universities and institutes, including King’s, to help researchers successfully pitch to funding panels; train early career academics to present their research more effectively at conferences; support Professors to deliver their Inaugural Lectures; and respond to one-off requests across all areas of public speaking. 

This workshop will support you to present your research more effectively when speaking at events and conferences or when pitching for funding. It will help you to prepare, and deliver, high impact presentations in an interesting and persuasive manner and improve an audiences’ understanding of your research.  It will enable you to raise your academic profile, internally and externally, and engage more effectively with policymakers and the public.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to deliver a short, two-minute presentation/pitch about your research.  This will be filmed and submitted to a competition in which you will be competing against attendees from other workshops. 

This is not a compulsory part of the workshop and if you prefer not to present, your input will be valuable in supporting someone who does want to enter the competition.  Participants who don’t enter will be asked to work in small teams to support an entry to the competition. 

15:15   Break

15:30   Debate: This house believes that King's listens to its research staff

There will be two teams, one debating for and one against the motion. Each team will have 4 debaters and up to 6 support team members who will help research the motion & create opening/closing arguments. The team allocations will be random. If you wish to be on one of these teams, you must register for Workshop 1E. 

Researchers in the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions as part of the debate.

16:15   Keynote 3: Getting your Voice Heard as an Academic

Professor Fiona M. Watt FRS FMedSci, Director, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, King's College London

Fiona Watt obtained her first degree from Cambridge University and her DPhil, in cell biology, from the University of Oxford. She was a postdoc at MIT, where she first began studying differentiation and tissue organisation in mammalian epidermis. She established her first research group at the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology and then spent 20 years at the CRUK London Research Institute (now part of the Francis Crick Institute). She helped to establish the CRUK Cambridge Research Institute and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research and in 2012 she moved to King's College London to found the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. Fiona is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 


16:30   Prize giving for competition winners

16:45   King's Community Fund project - The King's Collaborator Locator

Dr K. Faith Lawrence, Dr Arna van Engelen, and Dr Alan Brailsford

16.50   Research Staff Representative Committee

Dr Martin Eichmann, Chair Research Staff Representative Committee

17:00   Close

Event Competition

All participants in the afternoon workshops are invited to submit an entry to the event competition.  This entry will be either a series of tweets or blog article (workshop A), a piece of text (workshop B), or a video (workshops C-E).  Entries will be judged by the workshop facilitators from all 5 workshops and the winning entrants will receive a prize.  Because of the limited time for judging, entries will be limited to 20 in total so group entries are likely to be the norm.  Group size will depend on participants and so will be decided on the day.  Judging criteria will be provided in the workshops.

Registration is now closed.

However should you still wish to attend, please email for further information. It is possible that there may still be a few places available.

King’s Community Fund

After the event we will be opening the King’s Community Fund for applications for funding for activities that address enhancing the voice of research staff at King’s.  Further details will be available soon.

Following the great success of the Research Staff Event 2016, we look forward to welcoming you to an even more thought-provoking and enjoyable event this year. Highlights from the Research Staff Event 2016 can be viewed in the film below. 


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