The first of its kind for the College, the GTA Enhancing Education Fund provided a unique opportunity for postgraduate researchers (PGR), who have experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London, to lead the design of a course or skill-specific engagement activity for students, in collaboration with module convenors. Seven projects have been funded, including Adam Bull's Undergraduate Reading Group.
The Undergraduate Reading Group is an exciting new initiative based in the Department of Digital Humanities. The project is a series of reading groups led by postgraduate research students for undergraduates in our department and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical argumentation, and interdisciplinary collaboration over traditional forms of attainment. The choices of readings are led by the groups themselves and are not required to fit neatly within the standard departmental curriculum.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a plethora of challenges to university education, and one of the most profound impacts has been the loss of in-person contact and sociality between students and their teachers. This initiative contributes to how we can cultivate a rich undergraduate culture in the new academic year, whilst also encouraging an educational practice of close-reading and critical discussion. It also seeks to empower current PhD students to be educational leaders within the departmental curriculum and to broadly foster a collaborative, participatory, and intellectually rigorous culture within the department.