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Learning by doing

Whether by volunteering, taking up an internship or getting involved in activities alongside their formal studies, King’s students are encouraged to enhance their learning by doing, making the most of London as a living classroom and in turn contributing to the city.

Open to all students, the King’s Experience Awards recognise the learning that students have undertaken outside the formal curriculum. Their aim is to encourage students to explore different ways of learning, to help them form connections between classroom and experiential learning and to expand their social, personal and academic skills. Offered annually, the awards reflect King’s belief that extra-curricular activities give breadth and depth to learning, add practical value to a degree and support King’s students to become active and involved citizens.

While the practical benefits to students include the acquisition of new skills and enhanced employability, students also have the opportunity to develop personally as well as to gain a greater understanding of their local communities.

The King’s Experience London Award aims specifically to encourage and reward students’ involvement in the communities in which they are living and studying. By volunteering with community organisations, or working with local schools to encourage wider participation in higher education, King’s students can bring their commitment, enthusiasm and skills to London in ways that benefit both themselves and the community.

To gain a King’s Experience London Award, students must complete at least 25 hours of experiential learning and submit a final assessment demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of one or more London communities. Winners must show how their activity has contributed to the community as well as how it has enhanced their formal academic learning.

Recent London Award winners include postgraduate student Jola Atoki, who took up an internship at the Hackney Community Law Centre, a charity providing free and independent legal advice to people living and working locally.

I have gained a responsibility to this community, insofar as I am part of it through living and studying here.– Jola Atoki, postgraduate student

Reflecting on the experience, she said: ‘It was good to have something to look forward to every week apart from my academic work. I felt I was a part of something that was actually important and relevant. It’s put what I’ve been taught in class into practice, so that the theoretical parts of my degree really come to life…it’s sort of a dose of reality.’

She added: ‘In a way, I feel like I have gained a responsibility to this community, insofar as I am part of it through living and studying here. I want to do my best to give back to them.’

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