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COVID-19 and Employer Engagement at King's

Updates on our provision for employers during autumn 2020

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Updated: 13/09/2020

King's College London continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation develops.

Extensive planning has been undertaken to return to our campuses in a way that ensures the health and well-being of our community of students, staff and visitors for the new academic year.

Our Employer Engagement teams will continue to work remotely through autumn, and visitor access to King's campuses is prohibited until February 2021.

We ask for your understanding as we continue to adapt and develop our support and provision in the coming weeks.

Centrally coordinated advice (www.kcl.ac.uk/coronavirus) based on the latest guidance from the UK government and other authorities is available to support all stakeholders, including students, staff, alumni, employer and industry partners at this time.

We realise that for many of our employer and industry partners, you will still be determining what the next few days and weeks mean for your provision and recruitment plans and that this will obviously adapt the level and form of engagement with us. But when you're ready to engage, our team are ready to support you and your organisation determine what will be both achievable and meet your needs - whether posting roles, constructing virtual activity, running online assessment or simply to provide advice and consult on your strategy for how best to manage these difficult times.– Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement

2020-21 Academic Year

  • King's is open and ready to teach our new and returning students at the start of the next academic year from Monday 14 September.
  • Our plans are shaped so we can be ready to teach despite anticipated safe-distancing and international travel measures.
  • We will offer a combination of on-campus teaching and learning with online delivery at least to January 2021, to ensure that our students can access the high-quality King’s education that is highly respected by employers around the globe, as well as an enriching university experience
  • You can read further information on our offer holder pages.

Employer Relations & Development

  • Our teams continue to maintain communications and engagement with our many employer, industry and other partners in the UK and internationally.
  • Employers can arrange virtual meetings with us over Microsoft Teams or your own platforms, and our Advisers will be in touch to confirm any rescheduling of meetings or details of how to maintain contact.
  • Our email, website and platforms remain active and you can continue to reach us via these means - we will reply as quickly as we are able to do so.
  • International mobility is suspended to at least January 2021, meaning that we will be unable to undertake any physical travel or planned overseas events until that time - options to maintain contact with us from overseas are covered in more depth on our website.

Careers Events & Recruitment Services

  • We offer a wide range of virtual opportunities to continue engagement, including our King's CareerConnect vacancy board, targeted emails and social media packages.
  • Our new virtual 'offer' for employers wishing to engage with our students in the new academic year is now published and booking is open, with a hope to introduce more physical activity once again from March 2021 at the earliest.
  • Employers wishing to promote their own virtual events can promote these for free or opt to conduct a virtual presentation through our Microsoft Teams or Adobe Connect platforms.
  • Employers hosting physical activity off-campus can promote this to our students, provided you can confirm it will take place in a COVID-secure environment.
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Internships & Year-in-Industry Placements

To protect students' safety and well-being, King’s College London has formally suspended international mobility until the end of December 2020.

No students will be permitted or sanctioned to undertake opportunities internationally which are an integrated or compulsory element of their assessment or require King's to sanction independently sourced provision.

  • Managed Co-curricular Internships
    • Our refreshed portfolio of co-curricular meaningful work experience supporting students across King's - both physically and online - has now been launched.
  • Managed Curricular Internships
    • Updated information on 2020-21 provision for our Accredited Internship Programme continues to be determined in consultation with employers, hosts and faculty.
  • Year-in-Industry Placements (Natural & Mathematical Sciences/King's Business School)
    • Students embarking on placement this summer are following advice from their host organisations with regard to any variation to their provision and are in regular contact with teams at King's College London at this time.
    • Students hoping to undertake a full year-in-industry internationally, commencing before January 2021 will not be able to undertake this opportunity as a sanctioned part of their programme, unless if commences remotely.
    • We continue to work closely with students and faculty colleagues to determine alternative options and arrangements where necessary.
  • Independently Sourced Internships
    • Following continued UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice, students are advised against independently formulating any plans for internships or placements overseas at this time, as the risk of changes to government policy remains high.
    • King's is unable to sign any required documentation or Host Agreements for internships or work experience which require students to physically travel internationally from their current location or outwardly from the UK, and an adjusted workflow remains in place to triage these until further notice.
    • It is incumbent upon students to review this workflow on our internal site before commencing with the completion of an Agreement with their respective employer, and King's reserves the right not to sign this documentation in line with the decision above.
    • Students who are undertaking their own internship or experience which does not require paperwork from King's to proceed should follow the advice of their host employer and that of their state/national government in relation to measures currently in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, being aware that these may change at any point before or during their opportunity.

Supporting You

Thank you for your understanding at this time. If you have questions or concerns about engagement, please get in touch with us.

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Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Head of Employer Engagement